A public hearing to decide whether a Dunedin bar owner
should receive a third temporary authority - despite opposition
from police and Dunedin City Council staff - was cancelled
Madeleine McCoy, the sole shareholder of Hole in the Wall
Ltd, had been seeking the authority for the George St bar Mou
The application was to be considered by the council's
hearings committee yesterday afternoon, but the hearing was
cancelled yesterday morning.
Council liquor licensing and projects officer Kevin Mechen
said the cancellation came after a change to ''the structure
of the applicant company'', which he declined to discuss.
It meant the application could proceed without opposition
from police or the council, removing the need for a public
hearing, he said.
Companies Office records showed Ms McCoy had been removed as
a shareholder of the company yesterday and replaced by two
others, Charlotte Quin and Henry Easton, both of Dunedin.
Ms McCoy could not be contacted yesterday.
Police and council staff had earlier opposed the application
because of Ms McCoy's ''completely unsatisfactory'' attitude
to Sale of Liquor Act requirements.