Draft alcohol policy approved

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 07:48 28/02/2014

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Marlborough's local alcohol policy should include a special section on wineries, Marlborough District Councillor Jessica Bagge says.

The district council yesterday approved a draft policy on alcohol sales.

The policy regulates hours of sale and locations of outlets throughout Marlborough. One proposal would require supermarkets and liquor stores to stop selling alcohol an hour earlier, at 9pm.

The draft policy goes out for public consultation on March 6, and submissions are open until May 2. Public hearings would be held in mid-May, before a final draft is published in July for more consultation.

Councillor Terry Sloan, who owns the Criterion Hotel, in Blenheim, declared an interest during the discussion on the policy and sat back from the council table.

Ms Bagge said wineries did not appear to fit obviously into any of the categories in the draft policy.

Given Marlborough had so many wineries and cellar doors, she thought they should have a special mention.

Councillor John Leggett, who chairs the district licensing committee, said anyone who felt that way about cellar doors being specifically mentioned could make a submission.

Councillor Brian Dawson was concerned about how everyone with an interest in the policy or whose business was affected could be made aware of the submission process.

Council staffer Mike Porter said the council had contact details of everyone licensed to sell alcohol.

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- The Marlborough Express

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