A hearing to decide whether an off-licence alcohol business on Fergusson Dr, Silverstream, will go ahead will take place next month.
The Liquor Licensing Authority hearing will be on Friday, September 11, at the Upper Hutt District Court, before a judge.
Public advertising of the off-licence proposal attracted more than 130 submissions.
They included strong and organised opposition from the local community, particularly from Silverstream School.
People who made submissions can speak at the authority hearing.
The off-licence is planned to operate from the shopping strip opposite St Patrick’s College Silverstream, in an area where drinking alcohol in public is banned.
We recently had a lengthy debate over this issue via Twitter on HuttNZ and within my own family. It would appear that the 130 submissions is not enough to deter the District Licensing Authority from continuing with providing an avenue for this off-licence to go ahead. But to put it in perspective, I did speak to the UHCC over this and the application was raised to the District authority level given the number of negative submissions (its the course of law).
I would hope that the weight of these submissions is enough, and physical presence is not required to show that the general public is against this off licence occurring.
The nearest place to get “hard liquor” is across the railway tracks at Charltons Bar, which has an off licence which is not particularly popular or well advertised. But free enterprise being what it is, Mr Patel has every right to see if he can gain the right.
Do you think it is necessary to offer another so close?