Cashmere News Diary: 14 June 2013 - alcohol control
* 31 May to 1 July - Monday 5pm deadline: Have your say on draft alcohol policy
How long should bars be allowed to stay open? Should there be a restriction on the hours alcohol can be sold? Your answers to these questions could help shape a Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) the Christchurch City Council is developing to control the sale and supply of alcohol. The Council is keen to find out what the community thinks about its draft LAP, which is now out for public consultation. The draft policy, which is a provision of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, was adopted by the full Council last month and consultation will run until 5pm on Monday 1 July. The aim of the draft LAP is to minimise alcohol related harm in the city and ensure that the sale and supply of alcohol is undertaken safely and responsibly. A submission form and project information can be found online at www.ccc.govt.nz/HaveYourSay. Also here: www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/policiesreportsstrategies/policies/groups/alcohol/facebookapp.aspx
* 10 June, Monday, Mainland Press Southern View article, pages 1-2:
Liquor store plans shelved
Cullen Smith and Jessica Schaap
Plans for a liquor store in St Martins have been put on hold.
New World supermarket owner Foodstuffs wants to open a Henry's beer, wine and spirits store on its Wilsons Rd supermarket site.
But Foodstuffs general manager for retail operations Alan Malcolmson said the company has decided to temporarily withdraw its application, citing the new Sale of Liquor Act and the city council's local alcohol policy.
"Both of these policies in the current state would have a significant impact on our intended plans of operation," Mr Malcolmson said.
"Until these policies are law, we will not be proceeding with our application for a liquor licence."
Cashmere Residents Association chairman Rik Tindall said Beckenham and St Martins residents who campaigned against a liquor store in the area would have cause for celebration.
"There are plenty of places where you can buy alcohol, but the suburbs are not appropriate," he said.
Almost 400 residents lodged submissions on the Foodstuffs proposal.
Mr Tindall said former Christchurch mayor and member of Parliament Tommy Taylor, a Cashmere resident and Temperance Society member who campaigned against liquor being sold in the suburb "would be very happy with the decision".
He urged people concerned about liqour stores in suburban communities to study the city council's draft liquor bylaw that is currently out for consultation.
The Foodstuffs decision leaves the St Martins Library in limbo.
The library has been operating from a temporary space in part of the New World supermarket since March and its lease will expire at the end of the year. It has asked to stay but has been told it cannot.
The library’s president Gail Resuggan said library staff would like to go back to the original library site on the corner of Wilsons Rd and Wades Ave but would need temporary space in the meantime.
"We just want to stay put."
The original building was damaged in the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes and is structurally unsafe.
Ms Resuggan said staff would like a new building to be built on the site but the library did not have the money.
"We hope that if everything goes according to plan the council will build a new building," she said. "It's a wait and see situation."
The library was working with the Opawa/St Martins Plunket Toy Library, which also needs temporary space, to find a home.
“We do not have the funds to build a building and neither does the toy library," Ms Resuggan said.
“We are hoping we can go back on that site and we can share the site with other community groups."
N.B. If you have any comment on the position expressed on your behalf here, please let CRA committee know by reply email.
Congratulations to the St Martins local community for making a successful stand. Given what united the first settler developers on Cashmere Hills as a resident group, was that they were all temperance prohibitionists, we are very much keeping up tradition in calling for sobriety to guide our city forward. Ref. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Taylor_(politician)
* 14-16 June, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Cashmere Presbyterian Church, three talks with visiting theology professor Andrew Bradstock. Notice:
* 19 June, Wednesday 7.30pm, next CRA committee meeting; collating the July CRA Newsletter - all contributions welcome. Suggestions for speakers at the 21 July CRA Mid-winter Gathering are wanted too. Please send ideas in or let us know if you'd like to attend committee.
* 21 June, Friday 8am, next meeting of Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board. Agenda: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2013/June/index.aspx.
* 29 June, Saturday 10am-1pm, Matariki Market Day - Plants, Preserves & Produce, 188 Strickland Street - Sydenham Community Gardens, Christchurch South.
* Save Hagley Park campaign, 6 June newsletter, from long-serving CRA committee member Bruce Alexander. Thank you Bruce for your vigilance over cherished Christchurch public greenspace:
* Civil Defence is looking for a small team of volunteers who will become our ready-responders, with a local hall cup of tea, in the event of emergency. Contact CRA Chair if willing to help please.
* SCIRT works notice for Centaurus Road, 27 May to 22 June, attached for your convenience.
* STREETLIGHT effects on you, your home and your living. Feedback required: ph. Natalie 3324363.
* Thank you Clements Estate for sponsoring wine at our April Cashmere residents' meeting.
* CRA Subscriptions 2012/13 - Association membership and renewals, at the household rate of $5 per year, can be made via our Kiwibank a/c 389005.0688810.02 ~ Please notify deposit by email, for confirmation by our Treasurer, and a receipt will be issued if requested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, enjoy the weekend.
CRA Chair, 332-1069
Cashmere Residents Association
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