Police win bid for booze ban

By Kelsey Wilkie

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Hastings District Council has given the nod to a temporary liquor ban on streets surrounding Hawke's Bay racecourse for this year's Spring Racing Carnival.

Council's planning and regulatory committee voted yesterday in favour of the police submission.

Councillor Kevin Watkins said: "I've been a great supporter of the spring carnival for many years and what happens on the course and in the racing environment is fantastic but what happens outside the gates and in the surrounding streets degrades the whole experience.

"It's not good for our city, it's not good for visitors and it's just trash for people who live on those streets."

All councillors were in favour of the temporary ban for the racing day on Saturday, October 5 between 7am and 11pm.

Warning signs will be placed within the new liquor ban area on race day.

Hawke's Bay Racing general manager Jason Fleming supported the ban.

"It's a tragedy what happens as collateral damage afterwards, we are working really hard to mitigate those effects to make sure Hastings has an event they can be proud of."

Hastings police said the number of arrests made at previous spring carnival events was due to people consuming alcohol surrounding the racecourse and areas not covered by the Hastings liquor ban already in place.

The Spring Racing Carnival liquor ban will include the entire length of Knight St and Prospect Rd, Market St South from Southampton St to the Racecourse entrance, King St South from Southampton St to Prospect Rd, Nelson St South from Southampton St to Knight St, Southland Rd between Southampton St and Gordon Rd, Henry St between Charles St and Southland Rd. The ban will not apply to private properties.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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