Pt Chev liquor ban ‘not work­ing’

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - CA­TRIN OWEN

Cus­tomers are walk­ing out of a Pt Che­va­lier restau­rant, but it’s not be­cause of the food.

Beg­gars and home­less peo­ple hang­ing around Pt Che­va­lier square are in­tim­i­dat­ing cus­tomers and lo­cal busi­nesses, a lo­cal restau­ra­teur says.

Jared John­stone, the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of restau­rant No­mad said a liquor ban for the area in­tro­duced in 2010 was not work­ing.

He said there was no liquor ban sig­nage in the town square and prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with al­co­hol and drug use in the area were get­ting worse.

‘‘They are sniff­ing glue a lot and there’s kids run­ning around. It’s got hideously worse.’’

John­stone, who opened No­mad more than two years ago, said the area had been re­ju­ve­nated but it had not been an easy road.

‘‘I wel­come all of these peo­ple to use the space but they need to not bring the drink­ing abuse or sol­vent abuse and ha­rass­ment.’’

He said his busi­ness has suf­fered as a re­sult of sub­stance abusers hang­ing around. ‘‘When you have peo­ple [cus­tomers] leav­ing be­cause they are be­ing ha­rassed it be­comes a prob­lem.

‘‘Sat­is­fac­tion is re­ally im­por­tant and they can’t have that if they’re feel­ing pestered.’’

Long-time Pt Che­va­lier res­i­dent and man­ager of its com­mu­nity page Graeme Keli Bick­er­ton said there had been an in­crease in ‘‘va­grants and beg­gars’’ in the area.

‘‘The thugs are in­tim­i­dat­ing and the area is pretty rife with drunks, but it’s ev­ery­where and def­i­nitely af­fect­ing the com­mu­nity,’’ Bick­er­ton said.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair Peter Haynes said in Oc­to­ber 2015 the board de­cided to roll over the al­co­hol ban.

Haynes said the board erected ad­di­tional sig­nage to re­mind res­i­dents there was a 24/7 al­co­hol ban in the area.

‘‘Over time the sig­nage has been re­moved, lost of stolen, so we have been proac­tive and placed more sig­nage.’’

The board wants all res­i­dents to feel safe in their neigh­bour­hood.

John­stone had asked coun­cil for in­creased sig­nage but was still wait­ing for a re­sponse.

Jared John­stone says he is fed up with home­less peo­ple in Pt Che­va­lier.

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