Thirsty Liquor store con­cerns to be heard

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The con­cerns of res­i­dents over the the Thirsty Liquor store in Fan­tame St will fi­nally be heard next week as the Liquor Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity hear­ing re-com­mences.

The hear­ing into the store’s liquor li­cence re­newal was ad­journed last Novem­ber when it was re­vealed owner Chi­man Pa­tel was run­ning his gro­cery and al­co­hol op­er­a­tions as one busi­ness. It is il­le­gal to do so un­der the Sale of Liquor Act.

The hear­ing re­con­venes at 10am on May 2 at Porirua Dis­trict Court. Ob­jec­tor Matt Craw­shaw, who is on Rus­sell School’s board of trus­tees, says it has been a long wait but they are look­ing for­ward to get­ting their views across.

‘‘It’s been six months, so we have to start all over again, bring all the troops to­gether and make sure that the aware­ness is out there.’’

Mr Craw­shaw says they have noth­ing against al­co­hol in prin­ci­ple, just the lo­ca­tion, late hours of op­er­a­tion and ag­gres­sive ad­ver­tis­ing of Thirsty Liquor, op­po­site the school. Res­i­dents and staff from the school fre­quently com­plain of bro­ken glass, graf­fiti and drunks.

‘‘We’d love the shop to be moved away, to some­where near the city cen­tre, not in the sub­urbs but we are be­ing re­al­is­tic with our goals.’’

There will be a walk of sup­port to the court house next Wed­nes­day, with peo­ple com­ing to­gether at 9.30am un­der the canopies.

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