Willy’s not going down well

2015-11-10 06:00
A truck delivers alcohol to a house in Heron Court, stopping next to a sign which stipulates that trucks in excess of three tonnes are not allowed on that road.

A truck delivers alcohol to a house in Heron Court, stopping next to a sign which stipulates that trucks in excess of three tonnes are not allowed on that road.

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Residents of Heron Court in Bridgetown are at their wits’ end with a neighbour who keeps on selling alcohol from his house.

Concerned community members claim that Willy’s Place, which is owned by William and Jennifer Petersen, has contravened a notice by the City of Cape Town and lets trucks deliver stock to the premises on a residential road.

As reported in People’s Post, subcouncil 17 has denied an application for longer trading hours by Aroma Drop Inn liquor store, leading to residents of Heron Court mobilising to again raise their concerns about Willy’s Place.

The owners of Willy’s Place have apparently been ordered repeatedly by the City to stop selling and storing alcohol on their premises, which is only zoned for residential purposes.

“This is a great concern; are these trucks even allowed to deliver in a residential area? Our residents need to know about this. It is really bad for our community and things are getting out of hand,” wrote one resident who refused to be named out of fear. “The owner of this ‘shebeen’ (Willy’s Place), William Petersen, at 18 Heron Court, is to appear in High Court next week. We need this facility closed down with immediate effect.”

Suzette Little, ward councillor for ward 48, is familiar with this issue.

“The City of Cape Town is aware of the query against Willy’s Place and the matter is being addressed at the Cape Town alcohol and drug action committee where the Western Cape Liquor Authority is represented. They are providing input into the matter,” she says.

She points out that Petersen does not have authorisation to have trucks deliver alcohol to the premises, but she believes he has carried on with his operations regardless.

She commends community members for standing up and continuing to raise their concerns.

“The people are quite correct. How we are going to deal with it, I don’t know, because this man goes to court and he ties things up in court.”

“This man is causing a lot of problems,” Little says.

Little met with residents of Heron Court in 2013 after Petersen obtained a renewal licence from the Western Province Liquor Authority late in 2012.

The City claims Petersen did not submit the information required to repurpose the premises for business use, yet he continued to operate. Petersen was then summonsed to appear in Wynberg Magistrates’ Court in 2013, with the case eventually being postponed thrice to February last year. It is understood that the reason for continuous postponement was that Petersen’s attorney was going to make a representation to the director of public prosecution.

Mayor Patricia de Lille then granted the authority for interdict proceedings against the owners of Willy’s Place. The interdict applied for the prohibition of the selling or storing of alcohol on the premises. This resulted in the Petersens having to appear in the Western Cape High Court at the end of July last year.

The court ruled in favour of the City in March this year, but allowed Petersen a period in which to respond to the terms of the interdict.

The case in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court pertaining to the operation of a business from residential property was postponed until tomorrow.

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