KOSRA has suddenly been inundated with vehement e-mails from numerous property owners in the area near Main Beach. They all object violently to the supposed applications by the owners of the Pizzarella, in Eastbourne Road, for a liquor licence and for rezoning of the property.
We have checked the facts. They are:
- No application for rezoning has been made.
- Every year, the owners have applied and obtained both a trading licence for a restaurant and an event on-consumption liquor licence, for the period 15 December to 7 January, to sell liquor between 11am and 9pm. The restaurant has been going for 9 years. No one has ever objected. KOSRA did receive a complaint last year from one property owner in the area.
- An application has now been lodged for a permanent liquor licence to sell between 11am and 9pm. Notice was published in the Provincial Gazette on 18 September, and people are entitled to lodge an objection with the Eastern Cape Liquor Board by no later than 9 October 2020. We can find no e-mail address, but the contact details for the Board are:
P O Box 18060, Quigney, 5211
Shop 10, Beacon Bay Crossing, Beacon Bay, East London
Tel. 043 700 0900
Fax 043 726 4101
- The Committee of KOSRA has debated the issue exhaustively at a special meeting. In the light of the spontaneous unanimous response in favour of the facility, when it was raised at our last AGM, and the sudden objections from property owners close to the venue, KOSRA has concluded that it should leave it to the community either to object to or support the application. However, as the operation of a restaurant on a property zoned “Residential 1” contravenes the Ndlambe Integrated Land Use Scheme, KOSRA feels obliged to bring this to the attention of the Ndlambe Town Planning Department.