No beer on Sundays

2015-06-23 06:00
An application to extend trading hours at Steenberg Liquors in Retreat Road has been denied.

An application to extend trading hours at Steenberg Liquors in Retreat Road has been denied.

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An application by Steenberg ­Liquors to stay open for longer and trade on Sundays was turned down at the Protea Subcouncil meeting last week.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says selling liquor on more days and for longer hours is clearly not in the best interest of the community.

“Liquor has a negative socio-economic impact on the local community and it is therefore important to regulate the availability of ­liquor, and the best place to begin is with licensed outlets that we have jurisdiction over, especially in view of those operating illegally,” he says.

People’s Post previously reported that an application for longer trading hours over weekends at Steenberg Liquors in Retreat Road had been approved last year ­(“Liquor store hours extended”, 28 August 2014).

However, the liquor outlet will not be permitted to trade on Sundays.

Former ward councillor Jan Burger acknowledged the decision made by the subcouncil to grant the extended hours was not ideal, but will be respected.

“The store can now operate until 20:00 on Saturdays. After public participation, the councillors made the ruling to extend the outlet’s trading hours. It was previously denied,” Burger explained.

Burger also expressed concern over illegal shebeens and liquor stores operating in the greater Retreat area.

“These shebeens and liquor outlets need to follow the correct process to trade in residential or properly zoned areas,” he said.

“I have observed these operations and have found that some applicants who give their addresses through are not giving the correct information. This is something the City of Cape Town will have to monitor.”

Southgate says that Steenberg Liquors is situated on a busy transport route “where passengers get out of their vehicles to run into the liquor shop, often double parking or parking on the sidewalk, ­obstructing adjoining businesses”.

“There is no private parking available as alluded to by the applicant, neither have I ever seen security officials on duty,” Southgate says. He further says that the applicant stated in the application that there were no churches or local residents opposed to the application, but he failed to substantiate this with a survey. “This is supported by the fact that the applicant identifies only two churches, whereas there are 21 in the area. The applicant submits a list of signatures without addresses which on the balance of probabilities it can be assumed are, although customers, all residents outside of the affected area,” he says. Southgate further says that the applicant’s businesses are in an area that has a higher crime rate than surrounding areas. “Reports also highlight the large amount of complaints received as a result of antisocial behaviour associated with alcohol abuse,” he says.

When People’ Post contacted that owners of Steenberg Liqours they declined to comment at this stage

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