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.
“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.