Judge hears bot­tle store ar­gu­ments

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Op­po­nents of a pro­posed Mt Al­bert bot­tle store say they will con­sider tak­ing their fight fur­ther if the out­come of a hear­ing does not go their way.

A judge has heard ar­gu­ments for and against the es­tab­lish­ment of a liquor store at the cor­ner of New North Rd and Asquith Ave and will re­port back in the next few weeks.

Emkay Trad­ing ap­plied to open Kiwi Drive Liquor on the for­mer petrol sta­tion site in De­cem­ber last year.

But 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 as Auck­land City Har­bour News re­ported in De­cem­ber.

The hear­ing was held on Thursday and one who spoke against the store says there was a good turnout.

Fran­cis Mor­timer lives across from the pro­posed site.

‘‘I think it went pretty well,’’ he says of the hear­ing.

‘‘It started at 10am and fin­ished at 3.30pm so it was a long day and the judge has now said he wants to come out and look at the site.

‘‘He wants to see where it’s lo­cated in re­la­tion to bus stops and the traf­fic flows of stu­dents walk­ing past.’’

Mr Mor­timer says if the store is ap­proved op­po­nents would con­sider ap­peal­ing.

‘‘We’d have to work out what that’s go­ing to cost, but we had 700 sup­port­ers who signed a pe­ti­tion and I think they might cre­ate a fund,’’ he says.

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