'Wild West' fears
Booze-fuelled bad behaviour and sleepless nights are feared by Takapuna apartment-dwellers if bars stay open until 3am.
The Mon Desir, Sentinel and Killarney Bay apartment body corporates, and groups from Campbell Rd and Byron Ave, were left out of initial talks on Auckland Council's draft local alcohol policy.
Steve Schroder, body corporate chairman for the Mon Desir's 171 Hurstmere Rd building, says up to 1300 central Takapuna residents could be affected by any changes to opening hours.
Under the draft policy, licence issuing will depend on location and how many other on-licences are in the area. Auckland will be split into six defining categories.
Area one covers the central business district.
Takapuna, Devonport and Albany come under city fringe area two.
On-licence businesses in area two would have to apply but would have the option to stay open until 3am.
"The effect of this would be to contain drinking in the later hours in the two most urbanised broad areas [CBD and city fringe].
"This will allow the police and licence inspectors to target their resources to these areas," the report says.
North Harbour Business Association, Auckland metropolitan police, Hospitality NZ, Waitakere Licensing Trust and other industry and public health stakeholders were consulted.
Mr Schroder says loud music and boisterous patrons on Hurstmere Rd would worsen the "Wild West" situation.
A 3am closing time every night would be "unbearable" for the families and elderly people living in the Mon, Mr Schroder says.
Bars have replaced the cafes and a car yard which operated on Hurstmere Rd when people first moved into the Mon Desir in the mid-1990s, he says.
North Shore councillor Ann Hartley says the preferred position recommended by council officers has not been adopted.
The alcohol policy is managed by the regional development and operations committee, of which Mrs Hartley is chairwoman.
A decision will be made after wider consultation, which includes local board feedback, she says.
Go to tinyurl.com/LAPDP to read the draft policy.
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