Bar closing times to be appealed

Last updated 16:29 21/01/2014

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Wellington city's bar closing times will be debated again after police and health authorities confirmed they would appeal the council's policy.

The provisional local alcohol policy, which includes rules on closing times for bars and hours in which off-licences can sell alcohol, was publicly notified today.

The policy would allow bars to close at 5am, rather than 4am as the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act outlines.

Capital and Coast District Health Board spokesman Ashley Bloomfield said several senior medical officers and nurses from the Wellington emergency department and addiction services had opposed the policy last year and it would be appealing it.

''CCDHB clinicians are of the view that the opening hours for on licence and off licence trading hours for the sale and supply of alcohol would be harmful to the general public.''

Wellington Medical Officer of Health Stephen Palmer and police will also appeal the policy and all three parties will be asking for 3am closing times for on-licences and 9pm cut-off for off-licences and supermarkets.

The appeals, to be lodged by February 19, will be heard by the newly-established Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.

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- The Dominion Post


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