from Henk Stutterheim –
The Western Cape Liquor Authority
Dear Sir / Madam
OBJECTION TO THE APPLICATION BY THE SPRINGBOK PUB FOR A LIQUOR LICENCE FOR ERF 27714
SHOPS 1 – 3 LOWER MAIN ROAD, OBSERVATORY.
The Observatory Civic Association as representative of the residential and business community is in support of any business enterprise in the Lower Main Road area only if it is evident that it will make a positive contribution to the community.
The OCA hereby notes a strong objection to the above-mentioned liquor license application on the following grounds:
- The proposed premises are currently undergoing alterations and additions, a process that is not complete. The establishment once complete should be inspected by SAPS, the City of Cape Town Health Department and a representative of the OCA, to determine compliance with the plans included in the application and with the City Health and Safety regulations, particularly with regards to food preparation, fire safety, and soundproofing.
- Of particular concern is the proposal that the Springbok Pub will have an outdoor area where there will be braai facilities, an outside bar and seating for patrons.
- This outside courtyard is located immediately adjacent to residential properties. The private garden spaces of these houses will be separated from the Springbok Pub entertainment area by nothing more than a boundary wall. The noise emanating from the open area will constitute a considerable and ongoing noise disturbance to the neighboring residents who will have to endure this inconvenience both outside and inside their homes.
- The access to the male toilets is via the open courtyard. As a result of this arrangement, the door from the inside entertainment area will be opened intermittently to the open courtyard area. Noise from within the establishment will contribute to the noise disturbance emanating from the outside bar and braai area.
- The OCA notes that the granting of a liquor license to an establishment under these circumstances is not in the public interest.
- Observatory has a proliferation of establishments that sell liquor. In many existing entertainment venues, outdoor facilities are located immediately adjacent to residential properties. As a result of noise disturbance, there is a constant stream of noise complaints lodged with the authorities and with Woodstock SAPS.
The OCA respectfully requests the Western Cape Liquor Authority not to grant a liquor license to an establishment with an outdoor entertainment area as it will be detrimental to the public interest.
On behalf of the Observatory Civic Association