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31 pubs are closing every week

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The country has 54,490 pubs left.

This however is not the peak closure of pubs there has been – from January to June 2009, 52 pubs closed a week.

Pub-goers have been shocked around the country that planning permission is not required to convert a pub after it closes. This means much-loved locals are turned into convenience stores or other premises, often against local opinion.

Stainer, head of communications at CAMRA, said: “It is utterly perverse that developers are able to demolish or convert a pub into a convenience store or many other uses without any requirement to apply for planning permission. It is wrong that communities are left powerless when a popular local pub is threatened with demolition or conversion into a Tesco store.”

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale, advocacy group for ale, Pubs and pub-goers) launched a campaign on Monday to lobby the government into closing this loophole. More information on this at pubsmatter.org.uk.

Not everyone is lamenting the loss of pubs, however. They say the old-fashioned nature of pubs has alienated them from the incoming generation, who aren’t familiar with or appreciative of pub culture.

This combined with the rise of corporate pubs like Weatherspoon’s and cheaper alcohol have created problems for the British pub industry. 

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