Liquor li­cence limbo

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

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.

He

says

those

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.

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