Liquor licence limbo
A HEARING to decide whether or not a proposed but much opposed bottle store can be opened in Mt Albert is scheduled for next week.
A full day has been set down to let those for and against the opening of a new grog shop on the corner of New North Rd and Asquith Ave make their points.
Emkay Trading applied to open Kiwi Drive Liquor on the former petrol station site in December last year, sparking an angry response from the community, Auckland City Harbour News, December 19.
Opponents say there are already ample opportunities for people to buy alcohol in Mt Albert and it would rather see diverse, high quality and productive businesses in the community.
A petition gathered over 700 signatures and submissions were made against the proposed store by individuals and community and church groups. Although it didn’t stop the application going ahead there was enough complaint to force the hearing.
Mt Albert resident Francis Mortimer is one of those opposed to a new liquor store. He made a submission to the licensing authority and will be speaking at the hearing. He says there is an existing store further along New North Rd and another on the other side of the railway bridge at Morningside.
The supermarket at Westfield St Lukes is another outlet.
opposed should make themselves available for the hearing even if not speaking.
‘‘Apart from the people who will have the opportunity to to speak we would like to have as many people as possible come along and support, and show strong community disapproval of the proposal.’’
Mr Mortimer says ideally the community would like to see the idea scrapped but with liquor laws as they are now believes that is more than they can hope for.
‘‘What we want is to have it canned, we don’t want it there. With the way the liquor laws are set up now what we can hope for is some mitigation of the hours.’’
Emkay Trading has applied for trading hours of 7am to midnight.
Arguments are heard by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority which will give its decision in writing.
It will be held in hearing room 8.1, level 8 of the Auckland District Court, 69 Albert St, from 10am on June 20.