Noses up to liquor store

2016-01-19 06:00
The owner of the premises on the corner of Zeeko Road and 1st Avenue in Lotus River has applied for a liquor licence, but residents are objecting to the plan. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

The owner of the premises on the corner of Zeeko Road and 1st Avenue in Lotus River has applied for a liquor licence, but residents are objecting to the plan. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Barely a year after applying for a scrapyard licence at premises on the corner of Zeekoe Road and 1st Avenue in Lotus River, the business owner has now applied for a liquor licence on the same spot.

People’s Post previously reported on the premises where owner Sholom Davidson had applied for a scrapyard to be run (“Scrap that plan, please”, 19 May 2015). The plan to run a scrapyard was abandoned when the application was denied.

Davidson has now applied for a liquor licence, but the response from residents in the area is not positive.

And in their bid to stop the new plan from going ahead, residents have signed petitions objecting to the application.

Resident Mogamad Davids says after being notified of the application organisations in the community immediately took action.

“The community took a stand and united by signing petitions. We cannot tolerate this as the business is situated right opposite a school and close to a church,” Davids says.

Davids says they became aware of the application after seeing the notice up at the shop on the premises.

“We knew we had to act. We do not want this licence to be granted at all. We gathered about 800 [signatures] so far and this was sent to the liquor authority,” he says.

Religious leader Sheik Shaheen from the Lotus River mosque is also happy the community is taking a stand against the new application.

“Residents of our community, the mosque and churches have come together to rally support. Lotus River has its own issues and granting a liquor licence would only have a further negative impact on our community,” he says.

The Western Cape Liquor Authority had not yet responded to People’s Post enquiries at the time of going to print.

Owner’s responseDavidson says he is aware of the petitions that have been sent out in the community.

“Objections have been received and this was confirmed to me by the liquor authority. The negative implications have been looked at and this is what comes with the territory,” Davidson says.

He adds the liquor store he plans to open will be run on a “koop en loop” basis where customers will be served over a counter.

“All concerns with regard to safety and security are already being addressed. I am already in the process of setting up CCTV cameras on the premises and in future we are looking at stationing 24-hour security at the premises as well. This will definitely be a benefit to the school as well and the community in the surrounds,” Davidson explains.

He adds the store will contribute positively to growth in the community as local employment will be an investment in the community. 

“I live in the area and I have no intention of taking my business elsewhere, because this is where my heart is. I want my community to benefit from local business as well. I have also stated previously that should my businesses profit in this community, I will gladly sponsor one or two pupils from our local schools,” Davidson says.
Ward councillor Leslie Isaacs says the application has not yet been received at subcouncil and the latest agenda will only be heard at the first subcouncil meeting of the year on Thursday.
Johan van der Merwe, mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, says the City cannot comment on the issue yet as an application has not been received.
“The City’s planning and building development management department has not received a land use application or building plan application for the subject property and therefore cannot comment on this case.”
Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith confirms the police have received the application.
“We received an application from the liquor authority and a notice of application appeared in the local newspaper to make the community aware of the application and to give them the opportunity to give their objections if they have any,” Kleinsmith says. 
Objections may also be given to the police’s liquor officer, Warrant Officer Shawn Whiteman, at the police station.
Objections can be submitted in writing or in the form of a petition with name, surname, address, ID number and signature with the address of the place of the application on top, Kleinsmith adds.
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