New figures show London experiencing a net closure rate of 2 pubs a week
Published on 13th March 2013 by Neil Walker
Issued: 13th of March 2013 for immediate use
CAMRA will today host a summit on protecting London’s pubs from closure in City Hall.
Hosted by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, and Assembly Member Tom Copley the summit will bring together London Councillors, MPs, Assembly Members and enable pub campaigners to call on councils to help secure the future of one of the capital’s biggest attractions – the Great British Pub.
Pub going remains among the most popular leisure pursuit in London with around 2 million visiting the pub on a regular basis but despite this pubs are still closing at an alarming rate. New CAMRA figures show that during 2012 London experienced a net loss of 2 pubs a week.*
CAMRA Chief Executive Mike Benner said: “With property values being so high in London, and supermarkets and betting shop chains exploiting planning loopholes to expand their London presence, even profitable pubs face a serious threat to their future from developers.
The good news is local councils do have powers to be the last line of defence in protecting pubs. Tonight’s summit will enable CAMRA to urge councils to use these powers by supporting communities to list pubs as Assets of Community Value, remove development rights to help prevent valued pubs being converted into supermarkets, betting shops and other uses and to ensure Local Plans contain pro-pub policies.”
The new closure figures come at a time when a recent CAMRA survey shows over two thirds of London’s pub goers believe a well-run community pub is as important to community life as a post office, local shop or community centre.**
London Assembly Member Tom Copley said: “We need to protect London’s pubs, there are an ever decreasing number and too many are being sold off for flats or other uses. Good, well-run pubs, are the heart and soul of so many town centres and communities across London.
“I’m delighted to be hosting this event with CAMRA who do vital work supporting real ale pubs and breweries across the country. We are bringing together pub campaigners from across our city to come up with a plan to save the London pub.
“We are also showcasing some of the finest ales brewed in London, local breweries not only deliver a range of fantastic drinks but also support jobs across our city and keep alive the skills for the future.”
Key note speakers at the summit include Tottenham MP David Lammy, Senior Planning Officer at Kensington and Chelsea Council Jonathan Wade, Lewisham Council’s Sustainable Community Scrutiny Chair Cllr Liam Curran and CAMRA Chief Executive Mike Benner.
Notes to Editors:
Pubs Protection Summit: London’s Living Room, City Hall, SE1 2AA. Wednesday 13th March (Today) 6-9pm. Photographers and reporters welcome.
Contact Stephen Bramah on 0207 7983 5545 or Stephen.email@example.com for details.
*The Capital Pubcheck survey, compiled on behalf of CAMRA’s Greater London Region.
**Source: CAMRA/TNS Tracking Survey February 2013. “Is a well-run community pub as important to community life as a post office, local shop or community centre?” 67% of London pub goers agreed.
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