Outcry leads to axing of liquor store plan

Last updated 13:00 06/02/2014

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A controversial application for a liquor store licence in Stoke has been withdrawn.

Nelson MP Nick Smith had opposed the proposed Payless Liquor Store on Main Rd Stoke and encouraged others to object to the District Licensing Agency at the Nelson City Council.

The deadline was January 31 but Manila Holdings, owned by Chirag Tailor, withdrew the application the week before. By then there had been 18 objections lodged.

Despite there previously being a liquor store in the same group of shops, Dr Smith said there was no need for further alcohol outlets in Stoke and he was concerned that the store would target cheap alcohol.

Mr Tailor told the council he was withdrawing his application because of the amount of concern in the community and he did not want to disturb so many people.

He said today they had not wanted to cause any trouble in making the application and had not realised the affect of alcohol on the community.

Mr Tailor runs a dairy in Rutherford St and said he was grateful for the warm support he had received since moving to Nelson from Christchurch after the earthquakes. Despite the loss of the council fee and four months rent costing $6000, he had decided not to go ahead with the Stoke project.

"My loss is not bigger than the community loss.

"They have given me so much and this is my way to say thank you to them," he said.

He had not yet decided what to do with the Stoke premises.

Objector John Jellyman, who received notification from the council yesterday of the application withdrawal, said it was a case of "power to the people".

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