Liquor store plans for Mun­gavin Ave

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

An ap­pli­ca­tion to open a liquor store among the Mun­gavin shops has sur­prised and an­gered res­i­dents with its tim­ing.

Last week’s Kapi-mana News ran a pub­lic no­tice for an ap­pli­ca­tion to the District Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity – which is Porirua City Coun­cil – for an off-li­cence to be granted at 18 Mun­gavin Av­enue, to be known as Mun­gavin Ave Liquor Cen­tre.

Af­ter in­quiries to neigh­bour­ing shop own­ers, Kapi- Mana News un­der­stands it is the grey-coloured premises, cur­rently va­cant, that sits be­tween the St Vin­cent de Paul shop and Dr Larry Jor­dan’s surgery.

Ob­jec­tions to the ap­pli­ca­tion must be made, in writ­ing, to the DLA, be­fore this Fri­day. Ranui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son Ch­eryl Brown says ad­ver­tis­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion two weeks be­fore Christ­mas is not ideal for those wish­ing to have their say as it is a busy time for ev­ery­one.

As the as­so­ci­a­tion is go­ing through the process of fi­nal­is­ing their vil­lage plan, she says a po­ten­tial liquor store would be ‘‘of real con­cern’’. Its prox­im­ity to Porirua East School is bound to lead to op­po­si­tion.

‘‘We are try­ing to get that area up­graded and make it safer, a more at­trac­tive cen­tre of our com­mu­nity for peo­ple to walk around. Any de­ci­sions about a bot­tle store could mess up the process we are go­ing through.’’

The ap­pli­ca­tion, put for­ward by Babu Hari Pa­tel and Anita Pa­tel, in­tends sell­ing liquor from 9am till 11pm on Sun­day to Wed­nes­day and from 9am till mid­night on Thurs­day to Satur­day.

Mean­while, Thirsty Liquor in Fan­tame St is back op­er­at­ing, af­ter a brief shut­down.

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