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Liquor ban still on agenda for people in Brooklyn

Oct 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

NO EXCEPTIONS: Brooklyn dairy owner, Kaljinder Singh says the consumption of liquor in the street is not a good look.



A BROOKLYN liquor ban is still on the wishlist for locals.

Café Caribe owners Naomi and Zach Widener said one drunk travels to Brooklyn where there is no liquor ban in place.

“Usually he keeps to himself but he has lit the bin on fire,”

“The police can do nothing about it. The liquor ban goes up to the top of Central Park and it stops there,” Mrs Widener said.

Brooklyn Food Market owner Kaljinder Singh said the same individual is a nuisance, especially for school children.

“Liquor bottles are not a good impression in a public place,” he said.

In 2010, the council extended the 24 hour liquor ban into Mt Cook and Newtown because of drunken behaviour in the parks and streets.

Following the extension, Mr Widener started an e-petition to present to the council’s strategy and policy committee.

The proposal to extend the liquor ban to include suburban business districts and 30km speed zones was unsuccessful.

Lambton Ward candidate, Mark Peck was reluctant to consider Brooklyn in the liquor ban and said he was not a fan of making law for one person.

“If it turns out there was a general drunkenness problem, then I’d consider it,” he said.

Mr Peck said there were other solutions to the drunken behaviour of the city’s vagrants and community groups can help.

“I’d like to try to find a solution but if it’s only for one person, putting in a liquor ban won’t fix it. He will find another place to confront his own behaviour,” he said.

Stephen Preston, also running for Lambton Ward was happy to look into extending the liquor ban.

“I think it’s important that we look after our suburbs,” he said.

Another Lambton contender, John Woolf, was unsure of the suburban liquor ban extension and didn’t give Newswire a yes or no answer, but said he would consider bans on a case by case basis.


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