Alcohol-related harm the focus for policy
A new one-way door policy stopping people from entering bars after 1am could become compulsory from December, says Marlborough alcohol advisory committee member John Leggett.
The one-way door policy is aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm.
Fairweathers Bar on Scott St and the Loft on Kinross St agreed to voluntarily implement the new policy from next month.
But the policy could soon become mandatory if changes are made under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, which allows councils to enforce an alcohol policy from December 18.
Mr Leggett, a Marlborough District councillor, said the Marlborough alcohol advisory committee, police and other organisations had been gathering information on alcohol-related harm in Marlborough for the past six months.
A draft alcohol policy was expected to be submitted after the council elections on October 12. The policy was not mandatory, but Marlborough was likely to implement it in order to limit alcohol-related harm, Mr Leggett said.
If accepted, the council could implement the new policy from December.
Sixteen bars, restaurants and cafes in central Blenheim had a licence to serve alcohol from 8am to 3am while 134 establishments had on-licences in the Marlborough region.
Reducing the hours people were allowed to enter bars could help reduce late night violence, he said.
"People are leaving the bars at the same time. They get out on the street and that's where the conflict occurs."
Staggering closing times at bars could change that, he said.
Highlighting alcohol-related crime was an absolute necessity, Mr Leggett said.
A workshop aimed at creating an action plan on how the whole of Marlborough could help reduce alcohol-related harm is to be held next month.
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