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Major outcry as bottle store opens near play park

by City of Cape Town
on 09 Apr 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

Hundreds of Kuils River residents are up in arms after a liquor licence was granted for a bottle store opposite a children's play park in the residential area of Jagtershof.

The bottle store opened for business two weeks ago, despite hefty opposition from the local councillor and concerned parents about its close proximity to the municipal playground on Erf 11537 in Kavalier Road.

"The community is outraged by this blatant travesty of justice and are asking how this was allowed to slip through, especially in the current climate of child molestations and indecent assaults linked to alcohol abuse," says Pieter van Dalen, local ward councillor.

"In order for a liquor licence to be granted, thorough consultation with the community, ward councillor and community police forum is required.

"In this instance none of these steps were followed, yet the licence was granted by the Western Cape Liquor Board. They claim that 'everybody had been consulted and that no objections had been received'.

"This is a blatant lie. The community was never approached at any stage to comment on this application.

"The scores of youngsters who use the park daily are now placed at considerable risk. The only option open to the community is to embark on a consumer boycott of the bottle store until the licence is withdrawn.

"The communities of Ward 14 have mandated me not to allow any liquor licences in any residential area and I am adamant that this will not happen.

"In the meanwhile I will launch an investigation as to whether legitimate processes were followed in the granting of this specific licence. If not, then hundreds of other communities throughout the Cape metropole are equally at risk", says Cllr van Dalen.

He has also vowed to pursue the matter with Cllr Taki Amira who heads the City's committee responsible for providing input on the new provincial liquor act and for the formulation of the City's liquor policy and by-laws.

"We will demand that the provincial liquor board implements a more comprehensive public participation process, that it provides reasons for its decisions, and that an appeal process be built in. There is currently no appeal mechanism without the community having to spend a lot of money and going to the High Court," says Cllr van Dalen.

END

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 127/2008
04 APRIL 2008


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COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719

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CITY OF CAPE TOWN
SUBCOUNCIL 21, WARD 14
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