Lunch event fee queried

Last updated 15:09 30/01/2013
Ollie Emery (186, in fancy dress) and partner Tessa Godson (187) set off hand in hand. They are from Southhampton, UK.

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Scenic Hotel Group is to team up with the organisers of the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon to hold a "long lunch" in Blenheim's Seymour Square the day before the marathon in May.

The Marlborough District Council's assets and services committee will consider a report tomorrow from staff about the event, and decide whether to increase the fee for using council-owned property from $75 an event to $200.

The report recommends councillors approve an application by Scenic Hotel Group to close off a section of Seymour Square to allow a ticket-only event to be held as part of the Saint Clair Marathon.

The "long lunch" would be a showcase event in conjunction with the marathon, a ticket-only, two-course meal with wine available to buy and a section of the square fenced off to prevent public access.

The report says Seymour Square and parks in general had many events every year. "These events are nearly all open to the public and are put together by clubs or community groups.

"The Long Lunch is a commercial, ticketed event on public land and also serving and selling alcohol in an alcohol-excluded area.

"Due to the commercial nature and the alcohol ban in place, Scenic Group will need a resource consent and liquor licence to allow the event to proceed."

The council as landowner needs to give permission for this activity to happen on the reserve, the report says.

Normally, the council charges a fee of $75.00 a day for the use of an area for an event that has an entry fee.

This was "a little behind" most mid-size council charges, the report says, citing Porirua and Whakatane which charged about $200 a day for commercial events with attendance of up to 500 people.

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- The Marlborough Express


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