Despite much opposition the newest Countdown in Wellington will soon have alcohol for sale.
Wellington from the top of the cable car line.
Source: 1 NEWS
The supermarket, tucked up in Cable Car lane, has today been granted a liquor licence allowing sales until 8pm.
The Wellington District Licensing Committee made the decision despite conflicting opinions from police, Victoria University and the region's medical officer of health, amongst others.
They argued it would fuel student drunkenness around the university, The Terrace and Kelburn Park.
While the boutique Countdown has tight conditions and an initial grant for just one year, an affected local told ONE News he was disappointed to see a licence at all.
"It will be under scrutiny for the next 12 months," he said.
The Committee has made it clear that after a year they expect to be updated "as to the alcohol-related harm picture in the locality".
They have also said "if the applicant had not offered to reduce its hours to 8pm, it would have been highly likely that this application for a new licence would have been declined".
Appeals can be filed against the decision over the next 10 working days, before the licence is legally issued.