Drinkers back the Star campaign

Rosie Winterton on the judging panel at this year's CAMRA Beer Festival at The Hub.
Rosie Winterton on the judging panel at this year's CAMRA Beer Festival at The Hub.
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Hundreds of beer lovers have backed The Star’s Save Our Pubs campaign.

More than 500 gave their support by signing a petition circulated at the Doncaster beer festival calling for new laws to be brought in to help landlords.

It comes as work has started on work to pull down yet another former pub building, with bulldozers starting work on the former Roman Ridge, in Scawsby.

Members of the real ale pressure group CAMRA collected signitures at the organisation’s beer festival at Doncaster College’s Waterfront building.

They are supporting our call for Government action to make sure pub companies give their landlords fair rents and to reduce restrictions on who landlords can buy their drinks from.

The organisation is still totting up the total, and the figure of 500 represented the figure on Friday night. More were collected on Saturday.

In total, around 2,300 people visited the beer festival and it is believed at least a quarter of them signed.

Pete Kennedy, communities officer for the Doncaster branch of CAMRA said: “People were really keen to sign. There were a lot of comments about the situation at the moment, the rents pub companies charge and the limits on where they can buy their beer. All sorts of people have signed. It is definitely an issue close to people’s hearts.”

Mr Kennedy said he was sad to see the Roman Ridge being demolished as his organisation wanted pubs to be viable.

The petition will be handed over to Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton, who has agreed to pass it to business secretary Vince Cable.

She also held a meeting with pub landlords to discuss problems they face.

She said: “The number of signatures on the Save Our Pubs petition shows the depth of feeling for the issue.

“Pubs are important to all communities and Doncaster is no exception.”

She described her meeting with landlords as useful.

She said: “The landlords I met – many of whom are tied to PubCos – had several issues they wanted to raise. I think it’s important that the relationship between big PubCos and landlords is changed, and that’s why I’m appealing – again – for the Government to introduce a statutory code of conduct regulating the industry.”

The Star launched the Save Our Pubs campaign in February because of concerns over the number of pubs that have closed in Doncaster in recent years.

We are calling for the Government to bring in measures to allow more freedom for pub managers to buy their own beers, and for fair rents for their pubs.