Bootle, Lydiate, all over South Sefton and beyond – Why Pubs are closing at an alarming rate – CAMRA

Campaigners outside the Priory Pub in Litherland trying to save it a while back.

Campaigners outside the Priory Pub in Litherland trying to save it a while back.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/cheap-supermarket-beer-planning-loophole-12080538

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Well this is an issue I have posted about quite a lot in recent times, most recently with regard to the demise of the Weld Blundell Pub in Lydiate – see photo and link to previous postings on this subject below:-

The Weld Blundell in happier times - 2008

The Weld Blundell in happier times – 2008

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/03/31/weld-blundell-pub-bites-the-dust-in-lydiate/

I think CAMRA’s comments are spot on in the Echo article – Tony Morgan, from the Liverpool branch of real ale society CAMRA, told the ECHO that the sale of cheap beer in supermarkets and a loop hole in planning law had contributed to the closure of so many pubs across south Sefton.

We will continue to lose pubs at a rate of knots if planning rules are not updated to afford some kind of protection for pubs. Pubco’s, who own many licensed premises, are in my view property development companies. Once the land becomes more valuable in a different use they will pursue that alternative. One day there will be few pubs left because as a society we have sat back and watched their demise whilst wringing our hands saying ‘oh that’s sad another local pub has gone’.

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