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Tuesday 7 November 2013
This is the final week to tell Council what you think of the proposed local alcohol policy, with submissions closing this Friday at 5.00pm.
The draft policy contains proposals designed to address issues identified in the district. Key proposals include:
Introduction of a one-way door restriction for all on-license premises from 1.00am through to the latest closing time allowed of 3.00am
Maximum hours for off-licences to be 8.00am to 9.00pm
Clubs required to have a qualified manager on site if there are 20 people or more on the premises
Requirement for BYO on-licence premises to have a qualified manager on site if alcohol is being consumed
Council policy advisor, Jenna Marsden says "so far, we have received 45 submissions, and I am expecting at least that many again over the next three days".
"On the whole, submitters seem to support the draft policy, with particular support for the reduction in trading hours for off-licences and for the proposed one way door restriction", Mrs Marsden said.
In general, comments on the maximum trading hours for pubs and bars have been mixed. "Some are happy with the proposed maximum hours of 7.00am – 3.00am the next day, while others think 3.00am is too late, or 7.00am is too early" Mrs Marsden said.
With only three days of consultation remaining, Mrs Marsden urges residents to have their say. "The draft LAP will introduce some significant changes to when and where people can buy and consume alcohol and we need to know what the community thinks of those changes," she said.
Submissions on the draft LAP will be accepted until 5.00pm on Friday 8 November. You can provide feedback online through the Council website, or by completing a submission form and dropping it off at Council reception.
Mrs Marsden encourages residents to submit online through the Council website. "It’s quick and easy and is guaranteed to get to us by the close of consultation on Friday", she said.
Council will hear and deliberate on submissions later this month, and will produce a provisional LAP early in 2014. The LAP will be open to appeals at that time, but only people who submitted through the consultation process running now will be able to make an appeal.
Learn more about the Local Alcohol Policy