Green light for more tipple time

2015-10-06 06:00
The Grassy Park Hotel has been granted the sell liquor for use off the premises for longer hours during the whole week. 

Chevon Booysen

The Grassy Park Hotel has been granted the sell liquor for use off the premises for longer hours during the whole week. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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The Grassy Park Hotel had its application for extended trading hours approved at the most recent Rondevlei subcouncil meeting.

Sunday off-consumption trading hours were approved in the same application.

The hotel on the corner of Victoria Road and 4th Avenue may sell liquor to be used away from the premises from Mondays to Saturdays from 09:00 to 20:00. Sunday’s off-consumption trading hours will be from 11:00 to 18:00.

The application has not been supported by the Grassy Park community police forum (CPF), Carola Way neighbourhood watch and two places of worship.

The Grassy Park CPF opposed the application, saying it would contribute to antisocial behaviour since vagrants would “congregate and sleep” in the surrounds of the hotel because it makes it easy for vagrants to access liquor when doing so.

“The public walk and drive to buy liquor at the hotel, resulting in more activity late at night, resulting in more opportunity for crime to increase. Customers also drink in their cars or on the road before going home, resulting in more potential victims of crime,” the CPF says.

Carola Way neighbourhood watch says there are “too many vagrants in the Grassy Park area and they bother people passing by, because they are drunk”.

“Sunday is a holy day and we need to respect that. People are using foul language as they are drunk and end up fighting,” the neighbourhood watch adds.

In response to the objections, Grassy Park Hotel’s attorney explains the hotel owners have prided themselves on the hotel’s responsible trading since the licence was granted. The owners place a high premium on responsible trading.

“That includes a complete ban on the sale of liquor to minors and people under the influence of alcohol. The applicant has put measures in place to ensure that no loitering occurs outside the premises and that no vagrants frequent the premises,” the attorney says.

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