Liquor store pro­ject dropped af­ter out­cry

Shop op­po­site Sal­va­tion Army

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A pro­posal to open a liquor store in Tawa’s main street has been dropped, af­ter it faced a swathe of public op­po­si­tion.

An ap­pli­ca­tion was made on June 3 by Inde Legacy Ltd to op­er­ate a bot­tle store, to be known as Tawa Liquor Cen­tre at 172 Main Rd. The site was for­merly the Tawa Fruit Mart.

The clos­ing date for ob­jec­tions has passed. Kapi-Mana News is aware of sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who ob­jected, mean­ing a Dis­trict Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee hear­ing would have been trig­gered.

On Fri­day, how­ever, ap­pli­cant Ar­madeep Up­pal con­firmed he had dropped his ap­pli­ca­tion.

‘‘I was aware of peo­ple speak­ing out against it and I re­alise it’s not worth it,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m go­ing to con­tact [Welling­ton City Coun­cil] and tell them I’m not go­ing ahead. Maybe I’ll open a spice shop or some­thing – I hope to have some­thing open there one day.’’

Tawa Col­lege prin­ci­pal Mur­ray Lu­cas said he was con­cerned about the pro­posal for a liquor store in such a cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

‘‘I would have been per­son­ally dis­ap­pointed if it had hap­pened,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s enough ev­i­dence to sug­gest al­co­hol has a detri­men­tal ef­fect on so­ci­ety and I would think Tawa is al­ready wellserved when it comes to places to buy it.’’

Welling­ton City coun­cil­lor Mal­colm Spar­row, who lives in Tawa, said there had been a lot of dis­cus­sion on the sub­ject on so­cial media web­site Neigh­bourly, and he had re­ceived emails and calls about it.

‘‘The fact the store would be across from the Sal­va­tion Army, which helps peo­ple re­cover from al­co­hol ad­dic­tions, and it’s pro­posed 11pm clos­ing made res­i­dents ner­vous.’’

Spar­row un­der­stood at least 20 ob­jec­tions had been re­ceived by the li­cens­ing com­mit­tee by late last week and he had heard of lo­cal churches ral­ly­ing peo­ple to speak out against the pro­posed store.

Julie Roko­takala, from TawaLin­den Angli­can Church, said it would have been ‘‘ab­hor­rent’’ to open a bot­tle store op­po­site the Sal­va­tion Army.

Hav­ing it in the main set of shops would nor­malise the selling of al­co­hol, she said.

The va­cant store at 172 Main Rd, Tawa.

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