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News Supermarket wins booze battle „„ By Bridget Rutherford •From page 1 In 2014, New World Bishopdale’s new owner Bond Markets, applied to the district licensing committee for a new off-licence under the new rules. During the hearing, concerns were raised about the alcohol display being in the general shopping area. But owner Nigel Bond said due to space restraints, there were no other options. Alistair The committee Humphrey ruled to restrict the area, so Bond Markets appealed the decision to ARLA, which ruled in its favour. Dr Humphrey then appealed ARLA’s decision to the High Court. Justice David Gendall then quashed ARLA’s ruling. After a Court of Appeal sitting, ARLA reconsidered the appeal against the district licensing committee’s original 2014 decision in July. In a recent decision, ARLA said the supermarket’s offlicence was up for renewal next year.

SUCCESS: New World Bishopdale has won a battle on how it can display alcohol. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER “The Authority does not consider it in the interests of justice that the parties are put to the trouble and expense of having to renew the licence only to have to do so again almost immediately thereafter.” But Dr Humphrey said ARLA declined to take into account limiting exposure to alcohol, instead taking a pragmatic approach. “By placing alcohol directly opposite a section of the




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MERIVALE MALL STORE Now Merivale Paper Plus has closed its doors, the shop is being fitted out to welcome new tenant, Whitcoulls. The new store will open to the public in November as part of Merivale Mall’s wider upgrade. NO STOPPING AT SCHOOL After putting up its own no parking signage, Roydvale Primary School now has the backing of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board, which approved city council no-parking restrictions outside the school. The no parking signs will be installed by the school’s back entrance off Sir William Pickering Drive.



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supermarket which most shoppers frequent, exposure to alcohol, often significantly discounted, will be increased,” he said. He said the High Court victory meant supermarkets were now recognising their obligations when it comes to alcohol sales and having a separate alcohol area. New World Bishopdale’s alcohol sale area had remained the same while the issue was in

dispute. New World South City was originally fighting a similar battle, but because it is redeveloping on a different location, it withdrew its appeal. Foodstuffs South Island retail general manager Tim Donaldson said it was “very pleased” with the decision. He said Foodstuffs stores understood the obligations under the current legislation.

NORM WITHERS PLAQUE The Papanui-Innes Community Board-commissioned plaque at Norm Withers Family Park has now been installed in the garden area. Mr Withers served on the community board for nine years and was deputy mayor for three. PRIVATE MEETING Due to “property disposal” negotiations as part of the Northern Arterial and QE II Drive four-lane roading project, the Papanui-Innes Community Board excluded the public from its Friday meeting. It said a report would be made public following “completion of settlement”.



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