North Dunedin liquor ban possible

A North Dunedin liquor ban could be back on the table after a council vote yesterday.

Councillors yesterday voted in favour of a wider review of the areas covered by a liquor ban, instead of starting a one-off process to expand the central city liquor ban to include a notorious View St party flat.

Council services and development general manager Simon Pickford said such a review - which is to take place after the council's local alcohol policy is in place - could include looking at placing a ban on parts of North Dunedin.

Councillors made the decision after receiving a report from staff which said a liquor ban was not the best way to solve the situation in View St.

Cr Aaron Hawkins said he sympathised with the resident calling for a liquor ban, but supported a wider review, as opposed to having separate processes for ''individual streets and blocks''.

''Given the broader conversations that are happening around the North End, I can foresee a discussion happening along similar lines in other parts of the city.''

Mr Pickford said on the View St issue it would work with affected parties, including neighbours, the police, students living in the flat and the university to ensure the out-of-control parties did not happen again.

''We do appreciate the enormous stress and concern that all that antisocial behaviour has caused the residents of View St and around.''

An out-of-control party last month - when someone fell from a first-floor window on to a noise control officer - occurred because the residents had put it up on Facebook.

The residents had given assurances they would not do that again.

Since an abatement notice had been issued last month - which meant a $750 fine could be issued if there was another excessive noise complaint - there have been no complaints.

Councillors voted in February 2013 not to extend the central city liquor ban to North Dunedin.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz

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