Waterloo Beer Festival 2018

Keith Page and I had a great afternoon out yesterday at Waterloo Beer Festival in the magnificent Old Christ Church in Waterloo.

We sampled a number of excellent beers and ran into an old Derby Arms drinking chum in Mike Penn and his son Ste. Pictured here are Mike and Keith:-

My OPSTA mate Doug Macadam (Chairman of Southport & West Lancs CAMRA) was also on hand running the pub games stall although the England football match was distracting the attendees from playing them much.

This event is always well run; congratulations to the organisers.

Maghull – It’s first Micro-Pub – Planning Permission Deferred

Another Maghull issue on the agenda of Sefton Council’s Planning Committee last night was with regard to the provision, or not, of Maghull’s first micro-pub on Liverpool Road South at the Woodend Shops. In fact it will be within the present Coffee Shop should it eventually get planning approval.

There was a resident’s petition raising concerns about the application and Jenny Wignall spoke to it on behalf of the petitioners. Like June Avery before her (regarding the Turnbridge Road site) she spoke really well despite being quite nervous about doing so.

Jenny Wignall address Planning Committee in Bootle Town Hall

After she spoke a representative of the applicant responded to the concerns Jenny had raised but things started to get very complicated regarding issues of detail about the application as opening times were unclear or had possibly changed/been incorrectly recorded.

I had to leave the meeting at this point so picked up on the outcome of the debate later on.

It seems, according to what I have been told, that the debate about opening times was not clarifying things to the satisfaction of the Planning Committee and it led to the matter being deferred so that the disputed/unclear aspects of the application could be resolved between the applicant and planning officers of the Council.

I also understand that the respondent for the applicant was from CAMRA – The Campaign for Real Ale. If I have anything wrong here please shout as I am more than happy to correct any misunderstandings.

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’.

Weld Blundell Pub bites the dust in Lydiate?

It’s a year ago that I blogged about 3 pubs along a mile of road in Litherland/Netherton closing and now news reaches me of the seeming demise of the Weld Blundell Pub next to Lydiate’s Village Green.

The Weld Blundell in happier times - 2008

The Weld Blundell in happier times – 2008

I don’t know what the issues are with the Welly, so you never know it may reopen but it looks rather sad at present all boarded up .

My posting of March last year on closing pubs is available via this link:-
tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/03/26/closing-pubs-a-mile-of-road-in-litherlandnetherton-sums-up-the-difficulties-for-pubs/

Let’s hope the Welly does open again soon.

Closing Pubs – A mile of road in Litherland/Netherton sums up the difficulties for pubs

I have commented before on the troubles of the Priory Pub in Litherland and the Cabbage Inn Pub in Netherton. The Priory has just been demolished, much to the sadness of the local community who had been fighting for it to be saved. The Cabbage has been empty for some time now and awaits redevelopment.

But in between these two pubs, that are just over a mile apart, there are two others, one still surviving but the other well gone and demolished. So instead of 4 pubs in just over a mile one is left!

Starting at the closed Priory Pub which has been demolished over the last few of weeks:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/01/25/the-priory-litherland-another-local-pub-has-gone/

The Priory Pub prior to demolition

The Priory Pub prior to demolition

The site of the former Priory Pub after demolition on 20th March 2015

The site of the former Priory Pub after demolition on 20th March 2015

Next we come to the closed and demolished Liverpool Arms:-

The former Liverpool Arms Pub

The former Liverpool Arms Pub – photo credit Phil Wieland

Site of the former Liverpool Arms Pub demolished some time ago

Site of the former Liverpool Arms Pub demolished some time ago

And then on to an open pub! Cooksons Bridge:-

Cooksons Bridge Pub

Cooksons Bridge Pub

Then finally on to the closed Cabbage Inn:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/07/18/saving-pubs-at-risk-of-closure/

The Cabbage Inn

The Cabbage Inn

If this mile of road in Litherland and Netherton does not illustrate how our drinking habits have changed and the effect that this and other factors, such as the greed of Pub Co’s?, has had on a once flourishing trade I don’t know what does. Often a building that is much loved by the community is lost and The Priory seems to be one such Pub. They are landmarks, often used by people to give directions before the advent of sat nav’s but even now if you ask someone to tell you where ‘Fred and Mary’ live they may still say look out for the ‘Red Lion’ or some such pub name. But in future such landmarks will be gone and few will be left to admire as unique buildings often with their own architectural merit.

The Aintree (not on this length of road but in Bootle – see 2nd link above) was of course saved and it is now in another use so the building has been saved. Sadly, The Priory and The Liverpool Arms have gone for good. Why if they were not viable as Pub’s could they not have been converted into flats? Just a thought.

Let’s hope that Cooksons Bridge Pub continues to buck the trend!

Any errors in this article are mine and I am more than happy to correct them, so please get in touch if I have anything wrong.

CAMRA calls for change to save pubs

The Campaign for Real Ale has called for a change in legislation that would mean that a planning application is always needed before a pub is demolished or converted into another use, a change it believes would help protect the UK’s pubs, which are closing at a rate of 31 a week. “It is utterly perverse that developers are able to demolish or convert a pub into a convenience store, or many other uses, without any requirement to apply for planning permission,” stated CAMRA’s Tom Stainer.

The Guardian has run this story recently.

The campaigning around the now closed Priory Pub in Litherland comes to mind. My previous postings about the campaign are worth referring to:-

Campaigners outside the Priory Pub trying to save it.

Campaigners outside the Priory Pub trying to save it.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/01/25/the-priory-litherland-another-local-pub-has-gone/