Published on March 4, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Drop in closures but action continues
The latest figures from the Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) reveal that 14 pubs are closing their doors each week, prompting the real ale consumers’ champion to renew calls for fundamental action to bolster its Save Our Pubs initiative.
The number of pub closures has dropped slightly from a rate of 18 a week last year, but the figure remains far too high and without swift action, it is unlikely that many of them will ever reopen.
Jackie Parker, Camra’s national chairman, said: “Pubs are a very important part of our national culture and are valuable community assets which help to combat loneliness and social isolation. It’s great we have seen a drop in the number of them closing, showing that our hard-fought campaign to get planning protection for pubs was worth it.
“Protecting pubs in the English planning system was a necessity and a welcome move from the Government. However, it’s taken nearly two years for the trickle-down effects of the planning changes to show. Politicians should back the Save Our Pubs Campaign and show they are squarely behind pubs.”
Camra is also calling for full reviews of the business rates system, and of legislation designed to enable pub tenants to get a fair deal from their big-business property owners – moves the Government has promised but is yet to carry out.