24 Jun 2015

Council drops controversial alcohol changes

8:35 pm on 24 June 2015

The Dunedin City Council has scrapped plans for a controversial one-way door policy for bars and a liquor shots ban.

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The Dunedin City Council has dropped plans for a ban on serving alcohol shots after midnight. Photo: 123RF

The changes were made in a provisional local alcohol policy which has just been released by a council committee.

An earlier draft received more than 4000 submissions and was heavily criticised by tertiary student groups and Dunedin bar owners.

The new version has confirmed the closing hours for licensed clubs and pubs would be 3am but allows an exemption for venues with live entertainment, which would be allowed to stay open until 4am.

The committee has dropped a one-way door policy planned for 1am, and a ban on serving alcohol shots after midnight.

However, the committee has added a moratorium on new shops selling liquor off-licence in North Dunedin.

The policy will be debated by councillors on Monday.

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