Ban means they’re not drinking their beer here
Before the Mt Cook and Newtown liquor ban there was disorderly and offensive behaviour in the centre, says Newtown constable Dean Adams.
However, since the ban, the area is more welcoming for retailers, shoppers and families.
People drinking on the footpaths of Riddiford Street, Carrara Park and the playground at the corner of Riddiford and Constable Street were the main problems, he says.
“All three places are significantly better due to the introduction of the liquor bylaw.”
However, while the shopping area has progressed, there has been little improvement in sobriety, he says.
“They still do it, but not in public in the Newtown area,” he says.
“They are either indoors or have been displaced to other suburbs.”
He says there are still occasional breaches but these are dealt with individually, depending on prior warnings, attitudes and behaviour at the time.
Wellington City Council social portfolio leader Stephanie Cook says there is no official report on the ban, but the results in Aro Valley are positive, with trouble stopping the day the ban came into place.
She says before the liquor ban, residents had lost the use of Aro St Park because of drinkers who congregated there day and night.
“Children couldn’t pass through there on their way to school… and neighbours were kept awake at night because of the noise.”
She says the park is now an area the whole community can enjoy.
Wellington City Council city safety manager Robyn Steel says a number of initiatives were looked at to prevent crime and one result was the remodelling of the playground area in Newtown.
The Mt Cook and Newtown liquor ban began on August 10, 2010.