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Alcohol ban extended for Linwood Village

Thursday, April 26, 2018   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: alcohol, Community development

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 26th April 2018

A temporary alcohol ban on the streets and parks around Linwood Village will be extended for a further six months.

“The temporary ban is achieving its purpose in reducing antisocial behaviour, with fewer incidents of disorder and drunkenness recorded in the area,” Christchurch City Council Regulatory Performance Committee Chairperson David East says.

Reports of drunkenness have dropped by 50 per cent, while incidents of disorder have fallen by 11 per cent in the first two months of the ban compared with the same periods in 2016 and 2017, police data shows.

“Local residents and business owners say they feel safer and less anxious following the fall in alcohol-related disorder in the shopping area,” Mr East says.

“The ban also means police can quickly intervene and deal with alcohol-related problems in public places before these escalate into more serious situations.

“It has proved to be an effective tool in reducing antisocial behaviour in the Linwood Village area.”

The alcohol ban was introduced last December. The further temporary ban will apply from Tuesday 19th June to Sunday 30th December 2018.

The ban will continue to apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week within the streets and public places bounded by Fitzgerald Avenue, Armagh Street, England Street and Hereford Street.

The Council will review its overall alcohol ban bylaw this year, and is likely to propose that the temporary ban in Linwood Village become permanent.

Residents and the wider community will be invited to provide feedback on any new proposal.

Police report that alcohol-related nuisance behaviour has reduced significantly in the area. They have issued just three infringement notices to people for breaching the ban.

Police report that local residents and business owners say the alcohol ban has improved their community as people have returned to the local shops and Doris Lusk Reserve.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch