Council not opposed to two liquor licences

No objections have been raised in a council report to liquor licences for a new Cromwell liquor store and the Omakau trots.

A liquor licence application was submitted by the Great Open Ladies Fund, which will run the bar at the Central Otago Trotting Club's 52nd annual Omakau meeting in January.

Central Otago District Council liquor licensing inspector Ray Applegarth said in a report the people attending the event were unlikely to behave in such a manner as to have an adverse effect on the area's amenities.

"The racecourse is located in a rural area and no complaints have previously been received regarding the activity.''

Police opposed the licence for a second year in a row citing concerns about the bring-your-own alcohol option, the duty managers' inexperience at such events, requested trading hours, the suitability of Lions Club members as security, the designation of the licensed area and inadequate alternative transport arrangements.

The licence was granted for this year's race.

Mr Applegarth also raised no opposition to an off-licence for a planned Henry's liquor store on Elspeth St in Cromwell.

In his report, he said the applicant, Cromwell Liquor Ltd, seemed to be a suitable entity to hold an off-licence.

The application was opposed by the Cromwell and Districts Presbyterian Church, which is a neighbour of the site.

It said the store would have a negative impact on vulnerable people seeking assistance or counselling and individuals who were struggling with alcoholism and other substance abuse.

Cromwell resident Hessel Van Wieran also opposed the application, saying the town did not need more alcohol outlets.

Both applications will be heard at a licensing committee hearing on Monday.

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