ONCE again our citizens' lives are being disrupted by the totally unacceptable behaviour generated by this liquor outlet, club or what can only be called "a decadent dive" (Castro's in Westbourne Road, Mount Croix). I must also add that in his wisdom, despite numerous objections, a Mr Gumede from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality public health department, approved extended liquor selling hours with conditions that state:
- That no noise nuisance be created by the nature of your business;
- Further that you will make sure that your patrons leave the area without causing any noise nuisance or any disturbance of the peace in the area.
Furthermore stated was the fact that the permanent departure application would be reconsidered after a six month period, based on compliance with these conditions! Quite obviously this has not been done as the extended hours as approved on June 9 2010 are still in place, and the noise and unacceptable behaviour of patrons leaving the area continues to deny sleep and peace to the many who live in Eastbourne Road and Northwood Road.
At a meeting of role players, which the owner attended, held on June 8 2010 it was resolved:
- That about 10 people should be employed as security, of whom five should be working the street, especially near closing time;
- The doors should be closed at 2am when the lights must be switched on and the music turned down;
- Everybody must be out by 2.30am;
- Request patrons to be quiet outside the club when walking back to their cars.
None of these considerations as resolved at the meeting have ever been met!
The situation and behaviour of the patrons at Castro's has not changed, and why the residents of Northwood Road and Eastbourne Road should have to tolerate this behaviour is beyond comprehension. People are entitled to peaceful and undisturbed living conditions.
In terms of the constitution and the Bill of Rights, everyone has the right to have their dignity respected and protected.
Finally with regard to clubs or entertainment premises being licensed to open until all hours, I deem it essential that the applicant can prove that after hours drinking offers a "tangible benefit" to the local community.
In this case it certainly does not!
In view of the many letters of objection received, and the total disregard by both the liquor board and the municipality to this problem, I write this letter.
With all due respect, I request that action be taken to close down this club by the local authorities.
One must also bear in mind that the club is in a totally residential area and within shouting distance of a major hospital.
Jeremy Davis, Port Elizabeth