Liquor Authority to meet with locals on Willy’s Place

2015-12-08 06:00

The ongoing saga in Heron Court in Bridgetown has reached an impasse following another delay in court proceedings with the owners of Willy’s Place.

Owned by William and Jennifer Petersen, the property has contravened a notice by the City of Cape Town and lets trucks deliver stock to the premises on a residential road (“Willy’s not going down well”, People’s Post, 10 November).

The Western Cape Liquor Authority will meet with the concerned community members to find an agreement and give them the opportunity to provide evidence of what they feel contravenes the Petersens’ standing with the Liquor Board.

As a result, Willy’s Place is still operating while sticking to the owners’ arrangement with the Liquor Authority.

The matter of whether the property is properly zoned for business is yet to be resolved.

Suzette Little, ward 49 councillor, admits there is a loophole under which Willy’s Place can operate, but in order for the concerns of residents to be attended to, the correct procedures need to be followed.

“Petersen received his licence way before there was any amendment that says your place has got to be rezoned. The whole debacle with appearing, not appearing, us not knowing when and the community not knowing when has allowed this thing to drag on for a long time,” says Little.

She says she has met with the Liquor Authority to discuss the way forward.

“It is a zoning issue and the problem with getting the zoning in order is that he has to go to the very clients who are objecting against his operation and that is why the zoning has not been sorted out. The City has already given him the interdict not to operate and he is contravening it.”

Little also points out that those who are against the closing down of Willy’s Place are not the ones who have to deal with the full brunt of having the drinking hole impact their daily lives.

“Some of the community members are saying they don’t see the problem, but others who live around there see the problem. If you are a visitor to an area, then the chances that you are going to see the issues are very slim. But if you live there day in and day out and when you actually want to pull your car out of your driveway and the truck refuses to move, then it is not a joke.”

Little reiterates that her hands are tied in trying to speed up the process.

“I am going to wait for the community engagement with certain members living in the area. I don’t know what they are going to be asked and I am hoping that they will be able to resolve it with the Liquor Board.”

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