Community wins battle to stop controversial liquor store

The application to operate a liquor store in the vacant Belleza Boutique building on Christchurch...
The application to operate a liquor store in the vacant Belleza Boutique building on Christchurch Akaroa Rd has been withdrawn.
A Canterbury community has won a battle to stop a liquor store from opening in their town.

Gulati Brothers Enterprises Ltd applied for an off-licence to operate a liquor store in Tai Tapu in the vacant Belleza Boutique building on Christchurch Akaroa Rd. But the business has now withdrawn its application to the Selwyn District Council.

The application drew 54 objections. Police and the Canterbury District Health Board medical officer of health were among the objectors.

An email from the district council said: "The applicant informed the chief licensing inspector that he wouldn't want to go against the community decisions or to upset the community.

"He would like to operate a business with community support."

The Tai Tapu Community Committee also opposed the application.

Committee chairman Gerald Carter said it was great news and he is happy with the outcome.

Tai Tapu residents Janet Macleod and her husband Hugh strongly objected to the application.

She was very pleased to hear it had been withdrawn.

"There seems to be plenty of liquor outlets around here in Lincoln and Haswell, so I am very pleased they have pulled out of their application."

Mrs Macleod said Gulati Brothers Enterprises Ltd's decision to withdraw its application was a good one.

"It was a very good decision," she said. 

"It would have been a real shame if it had to go to a hearing so I am pleased about that."

 

 

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