Slot machines in Denver Rd on hold

2015-10-27 06:00
An application for five gambling machines was referred back to the applicant after a public participation process was not done for slot machines at the establishment. 

PHOTO: 
Chevon Booysen

An application for five gambling machines was referred back to the applicant after a public participation process was not done for slot machines at the establishment. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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An application for a business licence at premises in Denver Road, Lansdowne was referred back to the applicant by the Ath­lone subcouncil on Thursday.

The application, received from Marcel­lino van der Schyff, was for a business licence for five limited pay-out, or slot machines.

It was referred back because there had been no public participation on the matter.

The property is situated in a residential area.

Ward councillors asked to comment on the application agreed that the application was to be sent back due to the main stakeholders – residents in the area – not being consulted.

Ward 60 councillor Anthea Green was excused from the decision-making process as she declared she knew Van der Schyff. The matter was discussed in her absence.

Ward councillor Junade Hoosain recommended that the application be referred back.

Ward councillor Antonio van der Rheede added that the business was located in a ratepayers’ area and public participation was needed.

“It is standard process that the public is engaged in such processes. I agree that the matter gets referred and the correct procedure is followed with regard to the application,” Van der Rheede said.

Ward councillor Ganief Hendricks said he commended the councillors for having the best interests of residents at heart when it came to the granting of liquor and gambling licences.

Hendricks also remarked on the criminal record of the applicant. It had been stated in the application that the owner had been charged on an offence of being over the legal alcohol limit.

“It must be pointed out that if the owner himself was found to be over the limit, what tells us that he can keep his patrons under the limit?” Hendricks asked.

The item will be brought to subcouncil again after the public participation procedure has been completed

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