Hutt council seeks alcohol views

Last updated 10:04 19/11/2012

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The Hutt Valley's mayors are encouraging their communities to take part in a joint survey on alcohol use.

The web-based survey asks for people's views on alcohol consumption, where they believe liquor should be able to be sold, the worth of bans on drinking in public places and what impact they believe alcohol has on society and their neighbourhood.

''We want to understand what our communities think about issues such as liquor licensing, and this survey will help us do that,'' Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy said.

Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace said both both councils want to be fully informed by their communities when councillors debate the implications of the Alcohol Reform Bill, which is currently before Parliament.

The Bill aims to put in place a new system of control over the sale and supply of alcohol. For the first time, local authorities will have the ability to determine the number, location and hours of operation for licensed premises.

The police area commander for Hutt Valley, Inspector Mike Hill, said information from this survey would enable the police and other community agencies to make the community safer and ''will better represent the community view when decisions are made on licensing applications.''

See www.surveymonkey.com/s/HVAlcoholSurvey to complete the survey, before December 14

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