Liquor shop angers lo­cal res­i­dents

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An Auck­land busi­ness is open­ing its sec­ond con­tro­ver­sial sub­ur­ban liquor shop in as many years.

Sai Kr­ishna Sai plans to open Pt Chev Or­ganic Wines on 196 Pt Che­va­lier Rd, a sub­urb which al­ready has three bot­tle shops and a Count­down su­per­mar­ket sell­ing al­co­hol.

In 2016 an ap­pli­ca­tion by Sai Kr­ishna to the Auck­land District Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee to open bot­tle shop at 527 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn was met with re­sis­tance from the com­mu­nity.

Now Sai Kr­ishna Sai’s lat­est ven­ture in Pt Che­va­lier is also be­ing met with pub­lic op­po­si­tion.

Lo­cal res­i­dents ex­pressed their con­cerns on so­cial me­dia web­site Neigh­bourly. An­gel JosephGor­don lived in Western Springs but walked to Pt Che­va­lier reg­u­larly.

‘‘From my view, al­co­hol has al­ready spoiled Pt Chev, but one more bot­tle store will make it worse,’’ Joseph-Gor­don said.

Long-time Pt Che­va­lier res­i­dent Graeme Keli Bick­er­ton told Stuff in March, there had been an in­crease in ‘‘va­grants and beg­gars’’ in the area and out­side the Count­down su­per­mar­ket.

The Sale and Sup­ply of Al­co­hol Act 2012 re­quires each li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion to be looked into by po­lice, a li­cens­ing in­spec­tor and a med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health.

There had been 12 ob­jec­tions from lo­cal res­i­dents so far, Auck­land Coun­cil said.

JIM RICE/STUFF

Pt Che­va­lier res­i­dents are op­pos­ing an­other liquor out­let want­ing to open in the sub­urb.

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