Star campaign to ‘save our pubs’

Doncaster CAMRA community pubs officer Pete Kennedy is pictured with the Save Our Pubs petition with Cask Corner landlady Julie Buckley
Doncaster CAMRA community pubs officer Pete Kennedy is pictured with the Save Our Pubs petition with Cask Corner landlady Julie Buckley
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Hundreds of beer lovers are set to sign up to support our Save Our Pubs campaign when a petition is launched next week.

Doncaster Campaign for Real Ale is right behind us in our bid to get the Government to bring in laws to help stop the pub closures which have hit the borough in recent years.

And its officials have confirmed they will be circulating a petition at next week’s Doncaster Beer Festival to call on minsters to act.

Julie Buckley, landlady of the Cask Corner pub in Doncaster Town Centre became the first to back the petition at her Silver Street venue in the town yesterday, when she met with Doncaster CAMRA community pubs officer Pete Kennedy to sign up.

Mr Kennedy said: “We are really positive about the petition and we think it is a really good initiative. I think it is likely to get a few hundred signatures over the duration of the festival. CAMRA has always been a real ale campaign group, but there is now a thriving real ale scene with many local breweries producing real ale.

“We also want to see good pubs staying open.

“I think this is an issue close to the hearts of the people who will be attending our beer festival.”

Meanwhile, Rosie Winteron has confirmed she will be attending a publicans forum at the beer festival on April 24,to discuss what can be done to help pubs in the borough and preserve the pub industry. She has also met with Andy Slee from Punch Taverns, and has written to the four landlords for the company’s pubs in Doncaster Central constituency, to discuss concerns for the future of the company which has been reported to be in financial difficulties.

She said he had offered reassurances over the future of the firm’s pubs in the borough.

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.

Big bars such as The Drum in Bentley, The Moon at Carcroft, and The Park Hotel at Belle Vue are among the high profile venues to have been lost recently.

CAMRA is currently trying to get two pubs in the borough, The Corner Pin and the Little Plough, both in the town centre, listed as community assets, which would mean if plans were drawn up to change the use of the building, they would have to be informed and given the chance to put in a bid for the premises.

* The Doncaster Beer Festival runs from next Thursday April 24 until Saturday April 26 at The Hub, Doncaster College’s Waterfront base.