Two pub closures in Beverley prompt concern from CAMRA

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Published: Friday 10th April 2015 by KCFM

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The closure of two pubs in Beverley has prompted cause for concern from the Campaign for Real Ale group.

They’re worried too many pubs are being shut down and being replaced with developments that won’t allow big social gatherings, like what public houses offer, so won’t benefit the community as much.

Ken Smith from Hull and East Yorkshire CAMRA, says there’s a combination of factors threatening pubs:

“It’s down to reduction in the use of pubs. There was a spate of prices in pubs going up until the Chancellor changed the tax rating. There’s also the fact that you don’t need planning permission to change a pub from a pub to a shop or certain office uses.”

He believes more people will be encouraged to drink drive if pubs close by continue to close:

“If ever a new pub does open, one of the main things that’s required is that that pub has parking provision; and now it turns out people who live locally can’t walk to the pub because it’s too far away. It encourages people to drive and increases the risk of drink driving.”

Ken explains why pubs are so important:

“Whether you’re a drinker or not, where else can you find facilities where there’s a room for gatherings such as weddings, funerals, christenings, that sort of thing? Yes, there are other facilities available but none of them have the community style or nature of your local pub.”

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Published: Friday 10th April 2015 by KCFM

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