People’s Panel Alcohol Policy survey results
Law changes in 2013 allowed for local authorities like Nelson City Council to develop a local alcohol policy which can consider the trading hours of licensed premises and their location and density. In conjunction with Tasman and Marlborough District Councils, Nelson City Council developed a survey to get residents’ views on how alcohol is supplied in Nelson.
The results of the People’s Panel survey were combined with feedback from an online survey. The surveys were conducted in May/June 2013. There were over 1000 responses to questions which were in both surveys.
The key findings were:
- Over two-thirds don’t want any more off-licenses (such as liquor stores and supermarkets) with a quarter saying there are too many already
- Over half don’t want any more bars, pubs or nightclubs but about a third said there are enough but more would be okay
- Over half said there are enough restaurants and cafes but more would be okay
- There was a range of views on the time bars, pubs and nightclubs should stop selling alcohol
- Over half thought restaurants and cafes should stop selling alcohol at midnight or 1am with a fairly even split between those wanting them to close early and those wanting them to close later
- Over half agreed with one-way door restrictions but a third disagreed
- Of those who supported a one-way door, there was a range of views on the time a one-way door policy would begin (e.g. 1am, 2am)
- A quarter of respondents said they or someone close to them had experienced significant harm from someone else’s drinking.
The results from this survey and other research were included in the development of a Draft Local Alcohol Policy for Nelson City.