Potential boost for pub trade

A Government review could lead to important changes that would make it easier for communities to re-open closed pubs following their sale.

The study, launched by Community Pubs Minister Bob Neill MP on Tuesday (2 August), will look at restrictive covenants that can prevent local people reviving closed premises as community-run assets. It has been suggested that 572 pubs have been permanently lost because of such legal clauses.

Mike Benner, the Chief Executive of the Campaign for Real Ale, described the consultation as a “a great success for localism”. He said that the review “shows that Government recognises that pubs are vital community assets that need to be protected”.

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, commented “Pubs are important to both the local economy and the communities they service. I am pleased that this problem is to be looked at carefully. By giving people the power to save their local, we can help pubs thrive”.

Mr Evennett is pictured helping out at the Volunteer pub in Bexleyheath during Proud of Pubs week in 2008.