Fish Hoek to get bottle store – ruling
What does it take to get a drink in Fish Hoek? Exactly 200 years and a judgment in favour of Pick n Pay. Times Select reports PnP won a Western Cape Liquor Authority appeal this week against the liquor licensing tribunal, paving the way for it to open a liquor store in the town.
Although bars and restaurants are licensed to sell alcohol in the Fish Hoek valley, liquor stores have been forbidden ever since the area was proclaimed a dry town in its founding document two centuries ago.
Since then residents have repelled numerous attempts to open a bottle store, claiming the social ills would outweigh the benefits. Not so, said Judge Deon van Zyl, who found no compelling reason PnP’s application should be denied.
‘It cannot be anticipated that the character or ethos of the town will be negatively affected, and there is not the slightest indication that property values will decrease or crime will increase.’
Donald Moore, a retired attorney who helped to gather the hundreds of objections to PnP’s application, said the judgment meant the liquor authority was now obliged to give PnP a licence for a bottle store.
‘It seems that the judge was of the view that 250-plus objections by Fish Hoek residents was not sufficient reason for refusing the application even though there was no support for the application at the time of the public participation process at the beginning of 2017.’
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