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Six-month liquor ban in place „„ By Julia Evans A TEMPORARY liquor ban is being enforced in Linwood Village. The city council approved the temporary alcohol ban to be applied on the streets and parks of Linwood Village for the next six months, in a bid to reduce the level of crime and disorder in the area. The ban will apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week within the Deon Swiggs streets bound by Fitzgerald Ave, Armagh, England, and Hereford Sts. It comes after businesses and residents lobbied for the liquor ban, saying they feel unsafe shopping and working in the area due to the disorder caused by on-street drinking. Previously, police said they didn’t have sufficient resources to enforce a ban and the problem wasn’t bad enough. But last month, the LinwoodCentral-Heathcote Community Board asked the city council to urgently investigate imposing an alcohol ban in the area after residents, businesses and

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of the Linwood Village,’’ Cr Swiggs said. But he said more needed to be done to properly address the issues. “An alcohol ban will not solve the deeper social issues that we must confront, but it is a good start to making positive changes in the area.’’ A report said police were dealing on an almost daily basis with alcohol-related misbehaviour in the area. In the past six months, the number of calls coming into police from the Linwood area has increased by more than 50

per cent, the police report said. It said calls have been coming from shoppers and business owners feeling intimated by the disorderly behaviour of people drinking and asking for money. “Police believe that the ban will be an effective tool to address alcohol-related offending and intimidation, and in making the community feel safe,’’ the report said. Before the temporary liquor ban expires in June, the city council will consider making it permanent.

BORROW A BEACH TOY The Borrow-A-Bucket initiative has placed a chest filled with beach toys by the changing rooms at New Brighton Beach. All the toys inside are free to use for families and children at the beach, as long as they are returned. If you have any unwanted beach toys in good condition, donate them to the Borrow-A-Bucket chest. MUSEUM FILM APPEAL The New Brighton Museum is taking donations of classic films on DVD or VCR. The museum runs a movie club each Tuesday in which members watch old musicals and films from the 50s with stars like Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Elizabeth Taylor. Lighter films are more popular. The museum is open every day from 1-3pm if you want to drop off any films. RUBBISH COLLECTIONS Rubbish and recycling collection days differ from normal again this week. Collections take place the day after the normal scheduled day. Today’s collection moves to tomorrow, with normal days resuming on January 8. Friday collections will move to Saturday.

Kerbside Collection Dates for Christmas and New Year Starting this Christmas, you’ll notice a change with your wheelie bin collection. For the weeks starting Monday 25 December and Monday 1 January 2018, wheelie bins will be collected the day after their usual collection day. MON

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RESPECT: A temporary liquor ban is being enforced on the streets of Linwood Village for the next six months. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER police raised concerns about the high level of alcohol-fuelled behaviour in the area. Central city councillor Deon Swiggs said the liquor ban would help make Linwood Village a place where everyone feels welcome and safe. “Residents and shopkeepers have expressed feeling intimidated and unsafe due to anti-social drinking in the street, and the alcohol ban will address this immediate issue as longer term work takes place to deal with other issues surrounding the development

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For more information, phone 941 8999 or visit ccc.govt.nz

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