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Liquor store sparks ire

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 07:34 12/02/2013

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A proposed liquor store at Silverdale has brought protests, particularly from a nearby primary school.

Sun Trading Company has applied for an off-licence at 16 Wainui Rd, Silverdale, 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 is from 7am till 11pm daily but the landlord, who wishes to be identified only as Kam, says shop hours will be from 11am till 9pm.

Kam also says 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 schoolchildren will not be allowed in."

Silverdale Playcentre fears the liquor store could encourage more unsocial behaviour around the area, its president Charlotte Thompson says.

"We already have problems with vandalism, and we don't need more of that," Charlotte says.

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 says.

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

Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers president Lorraine Sampson says the area has enough liquor providers. "There is already a liquor store in the Silverdale village, which is within 200 metres of the proposed new store," she says.

"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," Mrs Sampson says.

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.

Submissions close today.

WHERE THEY APPLY IN RODNEY

Liquor bans apply in many Rodney and Hibiscus Coast areas.

These include Wellsford township 24 hours, the Orewa business area at all times, Helensville and Parakai 3pm till 6am daily, Omaha and Muriwai Beach, 6pm till 6am during daylight saving, The Warkworth old cement works in Wilson Rd, 24 hours, Western Reserve and Victor Eaves Reserve in Orewa 9pm till 6am every night, Red Beach, Stanmore Bay, Arkles Bay, Whangaparaoa, Manly, Snells Beach, Algies Bay, Martins Bay from 9pm till 6am, Martins Bay and Orewa Holiday Parks in accordance to holiday park rules, Te Arai Pt beach 6pm till 6am throughout the year and Lake Tomarata near Mangawhai 6pm till 6am.

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