Liquor store plans for Mungavin Ave
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.