Cap on liquor shop

2016-01-26 06:00

A renewal application for extended trading hours at the Arthur’s Seat liquor store has been turned down.

This after the application appeared at a recent subcouncil 16 meeting.

Over 100 objections to the extended trading hours were received from the community and various organisations, along with supporting evidence received from Sea Point police, the community police forum and the local improvement district.

According to the objection lodged by the police, the station has received regular complaints ranging from noise disturbance and drunk and disorderly behaviour to littering and fighting in the area around the bottle store. There have also been incidents of public urination and aggressive begging.

The police claim these complaints stem from the sale of cheap liquor to street people and vagrants.

“Early last year, the premises received extended trading hours. This resulted in vagrants staying longer in the area. The complaints also escalated,” the police’s statement reads.

The Sea Point Community Forum states the application was “extremely concerning”.

“Over the years we have had to deal with many unsavoury issues relating to alcohol abuse and the likes emanating from Arthur’s Seat, as well as the barrage of complaints from the community and surrounding areas,” the forum states.

The forum also attributes the antisocial activity around the store to the sale of cheap liquor, saying that extended trading hours over the last year have only compounded the problem.

The owners of Arthur’s Seat were not available for comment at the time of going to print.

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