‘We’re backing pubs campaign’

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They have seen pubs lost in their village – and Doncaster residents today gave their backing to our Save Our Pubs campaign.

The Star wants the Government to bring in measures to support landlords and stem pub closures in the borough.

And residents in Armthorpe told of their concerns over the loss of village pubs. Yesterday we told of concerns over the future of The Tadcaster Arms in the village, where there have been plans to knock it down.

Resident Gary Wood, 51, said: “I back the campaign. Something needs to be done. There just don’t seem to be as many people going out in the village any more, and if people are not using the pubs, they won’t stay open.”

Another Armthorpe resident, Peter Elliott, said: “I think any pub closing destoys part of the community.”

Jacqui Gardner, aged 44, of Marham Avenue, said: “I don’t like to see pubs that have been around for years demolished. I’ll back the campaign.”

But Steve Patching, 64, said he only went to pubs for meals now. He said if people don’t use a pub, maybe they should be allowed to close.

We are backing calls for a code which would see a free-of-tie option for pub landlords to allow them to choose their beers, open market rent reviews and an independent pubs adjudicator.

MP Rosie Winterton is backing it, along with the Campaign for Real Ale.

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