Grey Lynn bot­tle bat­tle win for res­i­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

Ear­lier

this month

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.

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