We litter it with liquor ads

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10 responses to “We litter it with liquor ads

  1. Rosemary McQueen

    Jolly good show, Liz. What on earth have they used to attach the posters that has caused the white staining to the bricks? Let’s hope it’s just flour & water.

    • Elizabeth

      Ro – seemed to be ‘not’ flour and water… might have been some other paste, DCC is following up.

      ### ODT Online Thu, 12 Aug 2010
      Monkeying with bricks criticised
      By Nigel Benson
      A former church which has been plastered in alcohol advertising is to be investigated by the Dunedin City Council. Operators of the Monkey Bar, in the former Hanover St Baptist Church, have been pasting alcohol-promotion posters on the exterior brickwork of the Historic Places Trust category 1-listed building.

      “It’s a scheduled building and we’d be concerned if people are damaging it, even temporarily. Signage can’t be displayed on a scheduled building in a way that it’s visible from a public place.”
      -Alan Worthington, Dunedin City Council

      Read more

  2. Phil

    Well, Mr Worthington, I believe that you have a compliance team of 3 within your department whose job specifically includes going out and removing non complying or non consented signage. One is even on 24 hour call out, with a DCC vehicle for such emergencies.

    I would also believe that the content of the advertising is promoting the excessive consumption of alcohol, and is in breach of the Sale of Liquor Act. Good job that DCC employs two people specifically to go and remove any such signage.

    Should all be sorted by Monday, right ?

    Interesting trivia note that the resource consent requirement for signage includes window advertising. But, only if the advertising is attached to the outside face of the window glass. You can stick anything you like on the inside face of the glass without requiring consent.

    • Elizabeth

      Phil – I talked to DCC before ODT got hold of the story and know the matter was referred to Campbell Thomson, Senior Planner responsible for monitoring and enforcement matters. I now have a letter from DCC (dated 12/8/10) saying my concerns will be investigated as soon as possible.

      Naturally, I will be following up with Mr Thomson on… Monday.

      There is a background to ‘stuff’ associated with this address in Hanover St which I can’t go into here.

  3. Phil

    I know that the premise has had problems for years, what with a lack of a qualified bar manager on site etc. But that may have been a previous owner. I recall a couple of years ago there was a link between that place and a similar establishment in the Moray Place area. And both places ran a very fine line.

    • Elizabeth

      Today, finally got back to 65 Hanover St to check the Monkey Bar ‘postering’. I first reported the problem to DCC by overnight email on Monday 8 August.

      The DCC has seen to poster removal (by Monday, Phil~!!) but there’s still a residue of ‘paste’ visible (with slivers of paper on one of the building plaques) that has to go. A coin can remove it where a finger nail cannot in places. I’ll get onto Campbell tomorrow, taking my camera with me.

  4. Phil

    Top marks, Elizabeth. Glad to see some action. I recall Doug Spittle being the head of the compliance team. Campbell was head of the Non-Notifiable consents. Must have had a shuffle around, which is not such a bad thing every now and then.

    • Elizabeth

      It turns out that DCC didn’t bring about the removal of the posters from the old church at 65 Hanover St. It must have been the tenant, in receipt of the ODT news item. DCC hadn’t got off its tail except to view the posters… Sad really.

      Rule is: choose media over council enforcement if you want a fast result.

  5. Phil

    Lack of activity might be an indication of the time of year, Elizabeth. I recall that a number of DCC departments, including Environmental Health and City Planning were given direct instructions by their group managers not to carry out any activity that may lead to any public controversy in the weeks preceding the last local body elections. It resulted in some very annoyed employees who, naturally, ended up in the customer firing line for not doing their job.

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