Lib Dems launch a ‘Save Our Pubs’ campaign

York Press: . .

RESIDENTS will be urged this week to register their local pubs as community assets as part of a new bid to help keep them open.

Following research by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, which showed 26 pubs across the country were closing every week, the Liberal Democrat group for York has launched a Save Our Pubs campaign.

A motion will be put to this week’s City of York Council meeting to back the campaign, which urges the authority to help protect pubs under planning legislation.

The motion also seeks to encourage residents to register their local as an Asset of Community Value, which will give them a better chance to buy the pub if it is put up for sale.

Coun Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat leader for York, said: “Good local pubs are worth fighting for. They can be the hub of a community or village, especially in areas which have lost their post office or shop. York has a thriving pub and brewery scene, but we need to do everything we can to support it.

“At the moment, pubs can easily be converted into a wide range of uses without planning permission. We think planning permission and community consultation should be required before any pubs are allowed to be converted to betting shops, supermarkets, pay-day loan stores or other uses, or are allowed to be demolished.”

The motion will also ask for beer tax to be frozen to encourage people to visit their local pub rather than buy cheap alcohol from supermarkets.

Kevin Keavney, from CAMRA, said: “It’s about raising awareness for people who might not be active pub users, or those who use it maybe once or twice a month, who only start to panic when the pub closes. It’s something that brings the community together.

“We very much support this because it is very much what we’re working towards now. We’re lobbying at Parliamentary level and local government level to get councils to make use of all the legislation possibilities. It’s there, it just needs to be used.

Labour councillor Steve Burton said: “Labour welcomes the new awareness of the importance in saving our local pubs.

“When I stood for election in Westfield I campaigned to save the White Rose pub from demolition.

“The Conservative Liberal Democrat Government had a chance to change the law to help landlords struggling with extortianate pub ties, but they instead listened to the drinks industry lobby.”

Paul Matson, of the Old Ebor off Nunnery Lane, said he welcomed the idea, as his pub is one of the establishments going for Community Asset status.

He said: “We would support it. We’ve lost too many good pubs. Community pubs which are proper locals like ours are dying out.”

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10:02am Wed 11 Dec 13

Oaklands Resident says...

Mr Burton mentions the White Rose pub which was opposite where I live. I have no recollection of him saying or doing anything to address the problems generated by what, for several years, was a derelict site. It was an eyesore and a source of nuisance for residents.

I doubt that many locals mourn its passing. The nearby bar in the Energise centre is a much better option for us, while the White Rose site now provides homes for 4 families.

There are good community pubs that we should try to save while others no longer serve any useful purpose.

Just a sign of changing times and the increased leisure choices which we now enjoy.
Mr Burton mentions the White Rose pub which was opposite where I live. I have no recollection of him saying or doing anything to address the problems generated by what, for several years, was a derelict site. It was an eyesore and a source of nuisance for residents. I doubt that many locals mourn its passing. The nearby bar in the Energise centre is a much better option for us, while the White Rose site now provides homes for 4 families. There are good community pubs that we should try to save while others no longer serve any useful purpose. Just a sign of changing times and the increased leisure choices which we now enjoy. Oaklands Resident

10:03am Wed 11 Dec 13

Oyy you says...

For a pub to be saved it has to be used.. Simple.....
For a pub to be saved it has to be used.. Simple..... Oyy you

11:12am Wed 11 Dec 13

yorkandproud says...

They should be starting a "save our city centre" campaign. Closing 200 yards of road over the river Ouse has split this fine city in two. Not only literally. But also people's opinions . Never mind talking about old boozers that are past their sell by dates. Get real, and concentrate on important issues.
They should be starting a "save our city centre" campaign. Closing 200 yards of road over the river Ouse has split this fine city in two. Not only literally. But also people's opinions . Never mind talking about old boozers that are past their sell by dates. Get real, and concentrate on important issues. yorkandproud

12:19pm Wed 11 Dec 13

marvell says...

Steve Burton obviously has no grip on reality. The coalition are at present looking to bring in legislation to smash the grip of pubco's and unfair rents.

Keep up to date or keep quiet. I suspect this is just a pre-written quote by Cllr Alexander given to Steve Burton to regurgatate.
Steve Burton obviously has no grip on reality. The coalition are at present looking to bring in legislation to smash the grip of pubco's and unfair rents. Keep up to date or keep quiet. I suspect this is just a pre-written quote by Cllr Alexander given to Steve Burton to regurgatate. marvell

12:54pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Zetkin says...

"The coalition are at present looking to bring in legislation to smash the grip of pubco's and unfair rents"

A bit like when Thatcher's government brought in legislation to smash the grip of the big breweries and unfair rents, legislation which gave rise to said pubcos in the first place.

Any legislation this shower are proposing will be aimed at increasing the profits of some big business or other. Any benefits to landlords, their customers, and their communities will be wholly accidental.
"The coalition are at present looking to bring in legislation to smash the grip of pubco's and unfair rents" A bit like when Thatcher's government brought in legislation to smash the grip of the big breweries and unfair rents, legislation which gave rise to said pubcos in the first place. Any legislation this shower are proposing will be aimed at increasing the profits of some big business or other. Any benefits to landlords, their customers, and their communities will be wholly accidental. Zetkin

9:52pm Wed 11 Dec 13

MouseHouse says...

Zetkin - I cannot argue with a single iota of your comment. Spot on.
Zetkin - I cannot argue with a single iota of your comment. Spot on. MouseHouse

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