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Locals says no to liquor

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CONCERNED Newtown residents have objected in record numbers to a bottle store planning to open opposite Newtown School and are now expected to wait months for a hearing to resolve the dispute. The Wellington District Licensing Agency received 110 objections to the liquor license application from Vee’s Liquor Planet Ltd, the most objections ever received within the Wellington City Council boundary. A petition of 676 signatures was also presented to the agency last week. The objections are to be forwarded to the National Licensing Authority and processed, after which a hearing date will be set. Processing is expected to take several months.
Vee’s Liquor Planet Ltd would be visible from classrooms and the school playground and open while children walked home after school. Newtown Community Centre coordinator Anna Costley says the community has united around the issue.
“Everyone agrees, it’s unsafe and unnecessary.”
The Capital & Coast District Health Board supports the community opposition to the liquor store and says there are already problems surrounding liquor consumption in Newtown.
“The CCDHB deals directly with the effects of liquor misuse and abuse linked to this locality,” says board member Judith Aitken, “Liquor outlets so close to schools do not provide a healthy social environment for children and young people.”
While waiting for the National Licensing Authority hearing, Anna Costley has requested a meeting with the owner of Vee’s Liquor Planet Ltd. She has not yet had a response.
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