Tuesday August 1 2017
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Residents win liquor store battle By Julia Evans “WHEN A neighbourhood rallies, we can do anything.” That was reaction of Harewood resident Colin Fussell after a long-running bid to set up a liquor store in Trafford St failed. Nearby residents had opposed the Harewood Bottle Store fighting it tooth and nail for more than eight months. Businessman Samarth Rajeshkumar Limbachiya’s application for a liquor licence to operate the Harewood Bottle Store was declined by the city council’s district licensing committee last week. Said Mr Fussell when contacted by Western News : “I’m swinging from the rafters.” But the battle may not be over as the decision could be subject to an appeal by Mr Limbachiya’s if he applies within 10 working days. The end of that appeal period is August 9. Western News has not been able to make contact with Mr Limbachiya to see if he will appeal. And Mr Fussell said although that comes with the territory, the residents would be ready for another fight so it would be a waste of the applicant’s money.
The battle is over for Trafford St residents Bruce Tulloch (left) and Colin Fussell. PHOTO: ANDREW KING
“Our opposition will be ready and waiting,” Mr Fussell said. He and fellow Trafford St resident Bruce Tulloch championed a petition against the application that was signed by 1144 people. And the city council received 86 further public objections before the hearing on July 13 and 14. Mr Tulloch said there are more than enough options for
buying liquor in the area so there was no logic behind granting yet another licence. He thanked everyone who had contributed to the campaign. Mr Fussell said while this battle was won, the war is not over. “The battle has been won but we need to address the greater issue in other neighbourhoods who are facing the same problem,” Mr Fussell said.
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In its report, the licensing committee said granting the application would be detrimental to the neighbourhood. “We have formed the opinion that amenity and good order would be reduced by more than a minor amount. The foreseen reduction may not be great but it is likely to impact on the people who live in the vicinity,” the report said.
Dementia care centre planned for Avonhead retiree village A NEW retirement village planned for Avonhead will offer specialised care for people with dementia. Summerset has purchased land to build its third Christchurch retirement village, which will include a memory care centre. Chief executive Julian Cook said the 9.5ha property on Hawthornden Rd is close to the Russley golf course and other recreational areas. “We are thrilled to be able to secure this land,” Mr Cook said. The memory care centre – a new concept to support residents living with dementia – will provide one bedroom apartments in a secure environment. “We are the first (company) in New Zealand to launch this style of apartment living for those living with dementia,” he said. The new Avonhead retirement home will become a thriving community with more than 240 homes planned for the site. It will include two and three bedroom villas, apartments and serviced apartments, as well as high quality rest home and hospital care.
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