Letter: Help save local pubs

Campaigners urged the government to make a “simple” change in the law to protect pubs after research revealed a shocking 31 drinking establishments were closing every week the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said the government should require a planning application before any attempt to demolish a pub or convert it to another use.

Camra spokesman Tom Strainer said: “Popular and profitable pubs are being left vulnerable by gaps in English planning legislation as pubs are increasingly being targeted by those wishing to take advantage of the absence of proper planning control.

“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”.

Max Hey

Fairway Grove,