Protests over bottle shop near school

Last updated 05:00 12/02/2013

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A proposed liquor store at Silverdale, just 200m from an established store, has brought protests, particularly from a nearby primary school.

Sun Trading Company has applied for an off-licence at 16 Wainui Rd under Kiwi Liquor Retail and Wholesalers.

Nearby Stella Maris Catholic Primary School has lodged an objection with the Auckland District Licensing Agency North at Orewa.  

The application seeks opening hours of 7am till 11pm daily but the landlord, who wishes to be identified only as Kam, said shop hours would be from 11am till 9pm. 

Kam said when the commercial complex was built resource consent was approved by the Auckland Council for the unit to be leased to a liquor store. 

''It's in a commercial zone, not in a residential area, and school children will not be allowed in.'' 

Silverdale Playcentre fears the liquor store could encourage antisocial behaviour around the area, its president Charlotte Thompson said.

''We already have problems with vandalism, and we don't need more of that,'' she said.

The Silverdale Pioneer Village is also unhappy.  

''We already have drunken people sleeping in the grounds overnight, and making a nuisance of themselves during the day,'' secretary Muriel Bartley said.

''The people who maintain the village are mostly elderly volunteers and they don't need this worry.''

Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers president Lorraine Sampson said the area has enough liquor providers. 

''There is already a liquor store in the Silverdale village, which is within 200m of the proposed new store,'' she said.

''With liquor available at the Countdown supermarket, as well as at the Wade Hotel, and at Pak'nSave, we feel there are already enough places for people to buy liquor,'' Sampson said.

The business group has been campaigning for several years to have a liquor ban within the village retail area to curb vandalism. The proposed liquor store is also near the Anglican church at 22 Wainui Rd.

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