Grey Lynn against liquor outlet
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.