The Council decided at its meeting on 23 November 2017 to not notify its provisional Local Alcohol Policy and to start a new policy development process.
The Council considered options and concluded that the community would be best served by having the opportunity to be part of a fresh policy approach.
The main reasons for the Council deciding on the fresh start option:
A LAP, enabled by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, aims to minimise alcohol related harm in the city and ensure the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol is undertaken safely and responsibly and that harm caused by excessive or inappropriate consumption of alcohol is reduced.
More specifically, the benefits of having a LAP are that it can:
Having a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) will give Christchurch residents greater influence over when, where and how alcohol is sold in the city.
The Council has asked staff to come back as soon as practicable with options for developing a new draft Local Alcohol Policy. Once the Council has decided on its preferred approach a detailed project plan can be prepared that will provide opportunities for community views to be included and considered.
The Council is required to consult with the Police, Medical Officer of Health and licensing inspectors as part of preparing its draft LAP. In addition specific consultation will be undertaken with Community Boards, residents groups, health groups and the hospitality sector.
Residents will have the opportunity to be involved and we will soon be providing full information on how this will happen – so watch this space.
If you want to receive information on the LAP process as it progresses you can sign up for email updates here.