Grey Lynn bottle battle win for residents
Residents are feeling victorious after an application for an unwelcome bottle store in their neighbourhood was withdrawn.
Groups of Grey Lynn people banded together in opposition to the liquor license application for GL Wines and Spirits to set up shop at 515 Great North Rd.
An Auckland Council spokesman confirmed this week that the application has been withdrawn.
More than 460 people signed a petition opposing it fearing it would only enhance the area’s seedy reputation.
It’s a great result for the community, Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Support area co-ordinator Soala Wilson says.
‘‘We’re very, very happy with the outcome. The community can now rest easy that there isn’t going to be a liquor store exacerbating the social problems we have here at the moment.’’
The store is located in close proximity to the Grey Lynn Tavern, an existing bottle shop, a supermarket and within walking distance of retirement villages and schools.
the Auckland City Harbour News reported a trio of experienced hospitality entrepreneurs was also considering leasing the site and applying for a liquor licence to allow them to sell craft beer and boutique wine alongside takeaway coffee and non-alcoholic drinks.
One of the group, Rata Miller, says they are no longer pursuing the possibility of leasing the site.
Community involvement: Grey Lynn residents have been fighting a proposed bottle shop in their neighbourhood. Their efforts included a petition with 460 signatures.