21 Oct 2011

Liquor licence application withdrawn

7:45 am on 21 October 2011

A licence application for a liquor store next to a school in Christchurch has been withdrawn after strong opposition from the local community.

The owner wanted to sell alcohol just a few metres from the entrance to Mairehau Primary School.

Teachers, parents and other retailers called a public meeting to discuss how they could prevent the store opening.

But just as the meeting was starting on Thursday night, it was announced the application had been withdrawn.

The licensing agency said it believed the fact that the community sent 189 formal submissions in four days against the application, led the owner to change his mind.