Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin calls for debate on pub closures

Dudley MP Ian Austin takes local campaign to save the Seven Stars pub to Parliament.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling for a Parliamentary debate on the issue of pub closures.

Austin is hoping to use the debate to highlight plans to turn the Seven Stars in Sedgley and other popular Black Country pubs into supermarkets.

Austin has joined forces with MPs from all parties to call for the debate which aims to close planning loopholes, making it harder for local pubs to be converted or demolished.

Pubs are currently closing at a rate of 31 every week in England, with two of those concerted into supermarkets without planning permission being required.

The MP hopes the new measure could help local pubs like the Seven Stars that is threatened with conversion into a supermarket despite opposition from local campaigners.

The debate comes ahead of the introduction of a new Pubs Code backed by MPs from all parties that will offer pub landlords fairer rents and more freedom on where they buy their beer.

Ian Austin said:

“Pubs like the Seven Stars are at the heart of the local community in Dudley. It’s popular and profitable and local people are campaigning to save it.

“I’m calling for a debate on the issue because developers shouldn’t be able to convert or demolish pubs against the wishes of local people.

“Thanks to local campaigners there’s been huge progress on protecting pubs in the last few years, and with their help we can go even further.”

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