28 Aug 2013

Changes likely for Wellington booze policy

11:59 am on 28 August 2013

[b A Wellington City Council member says it is likely changes will be made to a proposed liquor policy for the city following submissions from the industry and the public.

The policy includes plans to further restrict operating hours for liquor stores and supermarkets and shutting bars at 3am unless they are in a proposed entertainment precinct.

Almost 2000 submissions were made about the policy.

Social portfolio councillor Stephanie Cook says that after listening to feedback the entertainment precinct idea will probably be dropped.

But she said plans to further restrict liquor store and supermarket hours, in an attempt to keep young people from getting drunk before a night on the town, still needs serious consideration.

"Those young people who are pre-loading are then drunk when they get into town they can't get into the bars, so they hang around outside the bars and cause problems for the bar owners.

"So there's a kind of a tension between the on-licences and off-licences which we're also trying to manage."

Ms Cook said a report about the submissions will be presented in September.