Contentious debate but the amendment passed
And so after a contentious debate today at the Governing Body, Councillor Cathy Casey’s amendment with even support of Councillor Cameron Brewer passed which allows Local Boards to directly object to Liquor Licence applications.
Boards get say in liquor outlets
JAMES IRELAND Last updated 15:38 25/09/2014
Auckland’s local boards now have the power to oppose liquor licence applications.
At this morning’s Governing Body meeting, councillor Cathy Casey put forward the amendment which passed after an hour long debate.
Councillors Bill Cashmore, Penny Webster, George Wood and Penny Hulse voted against the amendment.
Council’s relationship manager Rex Hewitt said giving local boards the voice to oppose licences has the potential to cause problems.
“DLCs are committees of the council. Allocating or delegating local boards the power to object with subsequent appeal rights, creates a situation where two governance arms of Auckland Council could be opposing each other.”
His recommendation was for local boards to not be given this power.
Local board members can be appointed to the licencing committee but they cannot make decisions that affect their own area.
Casey’s amendment wiped out the original vote which would have allowed local boards to provide reports to District Licencing Committees on license applications.
Councillor Cameron Brewer said it is not necessarily a bad thing if two arms of council disagree.
“If the DLCs and the local board are going hammer and tongs over an application that’s highly contentious then I think that’s healthy. If the local boards think it’s so important that they’re going to go through an appeal process then I think that’s important.”
Full article and source here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10544571/Boards-get-say-in-liquor-outlets
This post will be updates when the resolutions and vote numbers come out so stand by for the update on that one.
So that is how the votes fell and Liquor Licence application “control” just went down to the Local Board away from a more regional auspices.