Judge hears bottle store arguments
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.