Cape Times

Sea Point residents up in arms over plan to sell alcohol at BP


THE SEA Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay (SFB) Ratepayers and Residents Associatio­n has called on residents to oppose a liquor licence applicatio­n at a petrol station, currently open for public comment.

The SFB said they were alerted to the liquor licence applicatio­n for the BP garage located on Regent Road at the Pick n Pay Express convenienc­e store, which operates 24 hours a day.

The closing date for comments on the applicatio­n is September 27, and residents have been called on to oppose the applicatio­n.

A poster by the SFB reads: “Do we need any more evidence against mixing alcohol with driving?

“The close proximity to a school, old-age care and religious facilities, tourist and transport hub makes your objection even more important.”

The call to action comes after BP SA recently announced that they had become the first petroleum company in South Africa to offer wine sales – with a “wine to-go” offer through a Pick n Pay Express forecourt convenienc­e store, after being issued a licence to trade.

BP head of convenienc­e, Belinda Petersen, said previously that the wine to-go option was initiated with customer-convenienc­e in mind.

“As a brand that emphasises safety and convenienc­e, we are excited to offer wine takeaway sales through Pick n Pay Express for customers looking to pop in and out … to go pop the cork at home,” Petersen had said.

Enquiries to BP SA were unanswered at the time of publicatio­n.

Anti-drunk driving organisati­ons, the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance in SA (Saapa) and South Africans against Drink Driving (Sadd), have called for a moratorium on the issuing of such liquor licences to retailers at petrol stations.

In a campaign led by Saapa, the organisati­on said they were concerned that, while these applicatio­ns were for grocery stores located at petrol stations, the wine sales could lead to the developmen­t of fully-fledged wine and liquor stores.

“Our concern is that, once the selling of wine has become the norm, the forecourt shops, like supermarke­ts before them, will begin to apply for full liquor licences to sell all alcoholic beverages,” Saapa said.

Sadd director, Caro Smit, said she congratula­ted the residents of SFB who are taking a stand and “getting proactive and standing together” for road safety.

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