Bid to reopen bottle shop near school sparks anger

Stuff.co 6 August 2013
Opponents of a planned Porirua liquor store have told of the harm alcohol has caused in the area.
Plans for a new bottle store across from Waitangirua’s Russell School – on the same site as a previous outlet – have unleashed a fresh wave of anger.
About 100 people marched in Porirua yesterday against the proposal, before a Liquor Licensing Authority hearing.
Empty cans were strewn about, vandalism was common, and children could not play barefoot because of the danger of broken glass, said Russell School board of trustees chairman Matt Crawshaw.
“It has been an absolute injustice for our children to grow up with this liquor store across the road from their school.” Last year, his family’s pet chicken was killed by people who were drunk and hungry – “an example of the damage and harm we endured in our neighbourhood” before Thirsty Liquor closed at the end of April when the lease for its Fantame St store was terminated.
Russell School principal Sose Annandale had concerns about the safety of students and staff. Abuse was common, as was graffiti, and they often found bottles with alcohol still in them.
“This continued until April this year.”
Porirua police alcohol harm reduction officer Senior Sergeant Steve Sargent said that since the previous store’s  hours were cut and it was closed, crime had dropped by 31 per cent in the Fantame St area.
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