Liquor shop angers local residents
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.
Pt Chevalier residents are opposing another liquor outlet wanting to open in the suburb.