Liquor store can’t be open longer

2015-10-27 06:00
The Aroma Drop Inn situated in Crawford was denied an extension on their off-consumption liquor trading hours after an application was received at the Athlone subcouncil last week. 

Chevon Booysen

The Aroma Drop Inn situated in Crawford was denied an extension on their off-consumption liquor trading hours after an application was received at the Athlone subcouncil last week. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A Crawford liquor shop’s application for extended trading hours has been denied.

Members of the Athlone subcouncil unanimously decided to deny the application at the latest subcouncil meeting.

The applicant, Aroma Drop Inn on the corner of Kromboom Road and Bridge Way, handed in a second application for extended trading hours after the previous application had been denied.

At the most recent subcouncil meeting, ward councillors reached consensus to not grant the application.

The business applied for off-consumption trading hours from Mondays to Saturdays to be extended from 18:00 to 20:00.

Aroma Drop Inn also applied for off-consumption trading hours to be extended from 11:00 to 18:00.

Ward 60 councillor Anthea Green says she does not support the application as she does not approve of the extended hours.

“To my knowledge, there was also a petition against this particular establishment. The petition was to have it closed down,” Green says.

She adds that the application goes against the wishes of the residents in the area.

In Aroma Drop Inn’s motivation to have extended trading hours granted it says “the licensee has been trading in these premises for many years and has a good record with no complaints regarding its activities being submitted or investigated”.

“The licensee has provided a good service to the local community for all the years of its operation and this business is an established presence in the community.”

According to ward councillor Junade Hoosain, the applicant is “persistent”.

“This is the second time we received this application. It is as if the applicant has total disregard for the decision-making of the subcouncil,” Hoosain says.

Noisy neighboursHoosain adds he lives a few blocks away from the store “but can hear the noise generated by the patrons of this business”.

“The noise levels are unbearable. It is the people who live under the bridge who support the business the most and who actually cause the most nuisance,” Hoosain says.

Ward councillors at the meeting were pleased with the decision not to grant the application for extended off-consumption liquor trading hours.

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