July 15 2012

Fresh thinking on the future of Bath’s Pubs

The Pig is proud to be in full support of Mark Birchall, landlord at the gorgeous Inn at Freshford, who has recently launched a petition campaign to support the protection of “endangered pubs” in the Bath area. Mark wants Bath and North East Somerset Council to strengthen its planning policies as more and more hostelries are forced to close their doors for good. “There are far too many opportunistic developers feeding off the temporary downturn in the pub trade,” Mark explains. “In the early 1980s, councils protected historic buildings through the listing process – it’s time historic businesses such as pubs were given the same protection. I’d like to see the Guildhall publicly stand up for its historic pubs, and I hope publicans in the Bath area will support this campaign.

Mark – whose pub dates back to the 16th century – was spurred into action after the demise of the ancient Packhorse Inn in Southstoke, which is now closed despite the support of locals who did all they could to save it. “If B&NES doesn’t act now, by the time the recession is over some of our most historic, community-based businesses could be lost forever,” Mark warns. “This is how communities break down.”

Come on, Piggies: support Mark’s campaign today – it only takes seconds to sign the petition, and if we don’t act now, we’ll be grumbling into our tankards for a long time to come.

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