Grey Lynn against liquor out­let

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - CATRIN OWEN

Grey Lynn busi­nesses are band­ing to­gether to oppose an­other liquor out­let open­ing in the vil­lage.

Durga Sai Hold­ings Ltd has its eyes set on the site of 527 Great North Rd to trade as Grey Lynn Wines and Spir­its.

The area al­ready has eight liquor out­lets in­clud­ing Count­down su­per­mar­ket be­hind the proposed store and Mak’s liquor spot only 200 me­tres away.

Philippa Stephenson, the owner of Tart Bak­ery, is con- cerned about the safety of chil­dren with two pri­mary schools close by.

‘‘We are con­cerned about the chil­dren walk­ing past and we do not want the un­de­sir­ables that come with cheap liquor,’’ she says.

‘‘I come to work at three in the morn­ing and I don’t want a drunk guy out­side my shop.’’

Ac­cord­ing to an application made to Auck­land Coun­cil, the Grey Lynn Wines and Spir­its’ trad­ing hours will be from Mon­day to Sun­day be­tween 10am and 10pm.

Grey Lynn Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion chair, Jen­nifer Northover started a pe­ti­tion against the bot­tle shop.

‘‘We’ve got enough liquor out­lets al­ready and the be­hav­iour around this area is re­ally bad, we just don’t need it,’’ she says.

‘‘I put up a sur­vey form and 93 per cent say they strongly oppose and the com­ments that are com­ing back is that they’re hav­ing to clean up vomit and bro­ken bot­tles out­side shopfronts.’’

Back in July 2013 the Grey Lynn community came to­gether to dis­pute a liquor shop open­ing on 515 Great North Rd and were vic­to­ri­ous.

The Sur­rey Cres­cent Work­ing Group co-chair Soala Wil­son is also against an­other liquor out­let open­ing.

‘‘Grey Lynn community is com­mit­ted to the safety of its neigh­bour­hood and want to have a say on the type of busi­nesses that may have a neg­a­tive im­pact on their busi­ness cen­tre,’’ she says.

‘‘We’ve got too many al­co­holics, drug ad­dicts, home­less people and people liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness, this prod­uct is like bees to a honey.’’

The pub­lic ob­jec­tion period closes on July 15.

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