Bid to stop tenth bottle shop in 1km

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 05:00 09/07/2012

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The K Rd Business Association is fighting to stop a new liquor outlet opening on the inner city street which would mean the 1km stretch has 10 off-licences.

However, the association is not hopeful after the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board recently lost a High Court challenge to stop a fourth bottle shop opening in Papatoetoe.

An application has been made to open a bottle store in a yet to be converted sex shop at the Ponsonby Rd end of the street.

Residents and businesses on Karangahape Rd have met with Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye to discuss the impacts of alcohol abuse there.

K Rd Business Association manager Barbara Holloway said the tenth off-licence wasn't needed or wanted.

"It's way over the amount we need," she said.

"We know you can't fight but we want to make a statement that it's not healthy for us as a community."

The association previously rallied to protect Karangahape Rd from a new bottle shop in 2009.

It attended a Liquor Licensing Authority hearing at the district court where the licence was granted but with designated hours.

Holloway said the problem lies not with the people operating the sites but with the issues surrounding the increase of outlets.

"What's happening is late licenses are staying open later to make more money and be competitive. It's a case of the cheap liquor getting cheaper."

Holloway said illegal street drinkers were in danger of easy access and would "just drink through the night".

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