PLEASE SUBMIT ANY OBJECTIONS BY 7pm on TUESDAY 19th November 2019 – details below
The GRA will be objecting (as per our policy) to the application for a restaurant liquor licence by Velvet Hour on November 1st 2019. We are not only objecting because of our policy (which is to give us standing to engage with business owners in order to protect the residential nature, amenity and property values of the suburb ) but also because we have significant concerns about this application. The application is for the venue that housed the Office, and briefly Black Rabbit, venues that clearly, illegally and problematically operated as clubs on restaurant liquor licences. Having reviewed the application it appears that the new applicant does not intend to change much about the design or layout of the venue, and there is nothing about the menu provided that convinces that he will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The application makes sweeping claims about the virtues and experience of the applicant with no backing evidence to suggest he is an aspirant restauranteur or indeed has any experience in the restaurant trade.
The GRA are concerned that the Gleneagles/Greenway business strip is already overtraded with legitimate restaurants and coffee shops that are struggling to attract customers, especially day time trade. The GRA are also concerned about the increase in noise complaints (music and drunken patrons), dangerous driving, problem parking and drag racing on Gleneagles and Greenway at night. This application does not appear to understand the needs or wishes of local residents or employees and we are concerned this is going to result in the eventual sale of cheap drinks/ happy hours and hosting of party type events to bring in revenue.
In order to inform and assist residents we have uploaded the application in full (see below to access this) and are publishing a template for objections, but we ask that where possible you use your own words and personalise as far as possible as it is more impactful and meaningful. IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Ensure that you supply your details correctly and that your objection is signed and dated.
Please review the application and if you feel it deems an objection you can do so in your personal capacity or in support of the GRA objection. Those wishing to object must do so in writing, addressed to the Gauteng Liquor Board and not the Greenside Residents’ Association
If you would like the GRA to assist you in objecting you can use the template letter we have developed (but please complete all your details, and try use your own words and sign it) and 1. Deliver two signed copies of your objection in the post boxes of one of these addresses by 7pm on Tuesday 19th November : 141 Mowbray Rd or 75 Troon Rd or 54 Greenfield Rd or 2. Email scanned/ signed copies of the objection to us before 7pm on Tuesday 19th November on : email@example.com and we will print two copies of each and arrange for hand delivery to the offices of the Gauteng Liquor Board. The Liquor Board requires a single copy of the objection, however, to confirm receipt we print a 2nd copy and have both copies stamped as received. The 2nd copy is your confirmation that the Liquor Board has received your objection. A copy needs to be sent to the agent/attorney representing the applicant (Agent for Velvet Hour is : Otto Wolf – firstname.lastname@example.org ) which is the responsibility of every objector. The GRA undertakes to do this on behalf of residents who submit their objections to us timeously.