A 10th off licence approved for Auckland's 1km long Karangahape Road has angered the Mayor who is working with police to clampdown on drunken disorder.
The licence, to turn a sex shop into a bottle store, was approved this week despite widespread opposition from local residents and the K Rd Business Association.
Seven submissions against the licence were made, but police weren't among those objecting to it.
The licence will be officially granted on Monday.
Before it was granted business association manager Barbara Holloway said the 10th off-licence was "way over the amount we need".
The association previously rallied to protect K Rd from a new bottle shop in 2009.
Auckland mayor Len Brown said the council was only able to consider a "narrow range of factors" in assessing the application, such as the applicants' suitability and the proposed businesses' opening hours and the District Licensing Agency "had no choice but to issue the licence".
A spokesman for him said Brown wasn't annoyed police hadn't opposed it, as that was more reflective of the legislation than their desire to address alcohol abuse.
Brown said the granting of the licence was "particularly disappointing" as it came as a Mayoral Taskforce on Central City Alcohol and Community Safety continues to fight liquor abuse in the CBD.
He said the Government's Alcohol Reform Bill, which will allow council's to develop local alcohol plans, potentially limiting the density and location of liquor outlets, couldn't come soon enough.
"This is another example of how the current legislation is not protecting those in our city vulnerable to alcohol related harm," he said.
"I urge the government to move forward on the bill so we can fully implement our Alcohol strategy and local alcohol plans with input from our communities."
Earlier this year the Otara-Papatoetoe Board unsuccessfully challenged the Liquor Licensing Authority over the granting of a liquor licence in Papatoetoe. Several communities across Auckland have recently challenged the granting of liquor licences in their areas.
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