Students banned from drinking on street

00:47, Jan 16 2014

Students returning to Canterbury University for the academic year will be banned from drinking alcohol on streets and in public places around the Upper Riccarton/Ilam area.

A temporary alcohol ban was put in place in the area bounded by Peer St, Waimairi Rd, Maidstone Rd, Avonhead Rd, and Yaldhurst Rd last year after residents became fed-up with students' drunken behaviour, but that ban expired last month.

However, the Christchurch City Council is putting in place a new ban, which will come into effect on February 1.

The ban means people can not drink in public places, or carry an open bottle or can containing alcohol in public places.

''Under terms of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 which came into force in December, the temporary ban applies to public spaces and not just those under council control. This includes some public areas in private ownership such as car parks,'' said council strategic policy unit manager Alan Bywater.

''The ban applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week and anyone found to breach the ban is liable to an instant fine of $250.''

Council regulation and consents committee chairman Cr David East said the new ban was timed to coincide with the return of tertiary students and the start of orientation activities.

The new ban only runs through until the end of August but the council hopes to have completed by then a review of the permanent alcohol ban that applies to the area of Riccarton immediately surrounding the Canterbury University campus.

As part of that review the council will consider expanding the area covered by the permanent ban to include the streets in the temporary ban area.

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