Ashburton District Council has approved a provisional Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) at today's Council meeting but is holding off on adopting the policy for now.
Council Group Environmental Services Manager Jane Donaldson says the Council has decided to wait for the findings of appeals lodged against the Tasman and Waimakariri District Council policies.
The appeals will be heard by the Alcohol Regulatory Licensing Authority (ARLA) in August.
"Deferring the notification of the provisional LAP will allow Council to address any issues that may arise as a result of the Tasman and Waimakariri hearings," she said.
Council's provisional LAP proposes some key changes to alcohol licensing in our district. They are:
- A one-way door restriction on all bars, pubs and clubs from 1.00am in the Ashburton urban area
- Bars, pubs and clubs will be required to close no later than 2.00am
- Off-licence premises such as bottle stores and supermarkets will be allowed to sell alcohol only between the hours of 8.00am and 9.00pm
- Duty managers will be required to be on-site at club licensed premises (e.g.: sports clubs) when alcohol is being consumed and there are 20 or more people present
These changes will not take effect until the final policy is adopted in early 2015.