Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Seven Stars petition presented to Parliament

Dudley MP Ian Austin has presented a 2,500 name petition to save the Seven Stars pub to Parliament.

Campaigners are working to protect the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley after Morrisons announced a desire to buy the pub from Marston’s and turn it into a supermarket.

Austin has since worked with campaigners to get the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value, and has pushed for extra protections for community pubs in Parliament.

The MP praised the hard work of campaigners in gathering thousands of names for their petition and said that it showed that local residents were clearly opposed to the development.

Government Ministers will now have to address the campaigners’ key concerns in writing.

Speaking in Parliament, Ian Austin said:

“It is a huge credit to John Hurst and his team of local campaigners that they have gathered more than 2,500 signatures for their petition in support of the pub.

“Pubs like the Seven Stars are at the heart of the local community in Dudley, and I’m on the side of local residents that don’t want it turned into a supermarket.

“I want the government to listen to local campaigners because this is a perfect example of why the law should offer community pubs more protection.”

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