The temporary ban will be in place 24 hours a day from 00:00 hours (12am) on Thursday 17 February to 12:00 hours (12pm) on Sunday 27 February and will cover the area bounded by Riccarton Road, Clyde Road, Creyke Road, Maidstone Road and Waimairi Road.
The Council has previously introduced temporary liquor bans for New Year’s Eve at Okains Bay and for the Band Together Concert in Hagley Park.
The bylaw enabling the temporary ban permits people to have and to drink alcohol on private land (including the university campus and licensed premises) but does not allow possession or consumption in public places. The penalty for conviction under this bylaw is a fine of up to $20,000
For some time now alcohol related problems in the Ilam area have been on the agenda for the Council’s Regulatory and Planning Committee and the Riccarton Wigram Community Board. Late last year the committee decided to ask the Council to consider permanent alcohol restrictions in Ilam and Riccarton and the Council responded by agreeing to a temporary ban to deal with the traditionally heightened issues of orientation. It is not possible for the Council to introduce a permanent alcohol ban before this year’s orientation.
The Council will now work closely with the University of Canterbury and the University of Canterbury Students’ Association to make students aware of the temporary alcohol ban in the area. The Council will provide up to $20,000 for advertising and signage.
Senior Sergeant Peter Laloli said the Police were happy to be working closely with the Council and the University on implementing the ban.
"This temporary ban will be a useful new tool in helping to manage some of the issues around orientation," he said. "Police intend to take a no-nonsense approach. We will have a high-visibility police presence in the area throughout orientation, so students and residents can expect to see police regular patrols around the area of the ban, at all hours of the day and night."