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Fresh plea to protect Sheffield’s treasured pubs

Greg Mulholland MP, Landlady Tina Gage and Councillor Colin Ross behind the bar at the Devonshire Arms in Dore

Greg Mulholland MP, Landlady Tina Gage and Councillor Colin Ross behind the bar at the Devonshire Arms in Dore

A campaign to protect Sheffield’s pubs from calling last orders on business is gathering momentum.

Councillors will today urge city leaders to offer landlords more protection against what they claim is exploitation from big pub companies.

It comes after latest figures revealed 15 of Sheffield’s once-treasured pubs had changed use in the past three years.

Many venues have become supermarkets or convenience stores in that time.

Opposition Liberal Democrats will address Sheffield Council at a meeting today.

They will ask for changes to planning rules to support Government proposals which could help list pubs as ‘assets of community value’.

Coun Colin Ross, who represents Dore and Totley, said: “Pubs are under more pressure than ever.

“I’m pleased to see the Government are planning action to protect landlords.

“However, we also need action locally.”

 

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