East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of the sponsors of a cross-party Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to help struggling pubs.
Sir Greg says: “Pubs provide employment for over 900,000 people and contribute £23 billion to the economy. However, figures just released show that 18 pubs are still closing every week.
Sir Greg, a long-term campaigner for pubs, said: “Across Britain pubs are still closing at an alarming rate, especially small family owned pubs in rural areas. 80% of pubs are ran as small businesses, employing local people and in many cases the pub is effectively the ‘hub’ of the local village community, so it is vital that the Government does everything possible to help them keep their doors open”.
He added: “The Government is to be applauded for cutting the beer duty, extending rate relief for pubs until March 2019 and reducing red tape but there is still more that can be done and it is important that this issue is kept high on the agenda.”
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs calling for changes in the law to help keep our pubs open.
Sir Greg, whose work championing pubs has been recognised by the British Pubs Confederation, has said changes are needed in planning law to stop pub chain owners closing pubs to make a bigger profit from using the land and building for something else.
Sir Greg said: “Pubs offer a valued meeting place, especially in rural areas, where they are often the heart of the local community”.
“Local people overwhelmingly back their pub but as things stand too often decisions by corporate owners are driven by the desire to make a bigger profit”.
Sir Greg added: “Every week in Britain more than twenty pubs close their doors for good. Many of these pubs are well run viable businesses. I believe we should give more support to pubs by requiring planning permission to be obtained before owners can change their use to something else”.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs backing a parliamentary motion urging the Government to introduce regulations making it harder for developers to demolish rural pubs.
Every week more than two pubs across Britain close their doors for good to make way for supermarkets or residential developments. The motion says the Government should introduce regulations requiring planning permission to be obtained for the demolition of any pub.
In backing the parliamentary motion Sir Greg said: “Pubs offer a valued meeting place, especially in rural areas, where they are often the heart of the local community”.
Sir Greg added: “Local people are almost unanimously supportive of their pub but as things stand they are being denied a say in the future of their neighbourhoods. The demolition of pubs is all too often driven by the profits of big supermarket chains, property developers or large pub companies and it is time this changed”.