save St Albans pubs
YE OLDE FIGHTING COCKS JOINS THE SAVE St Albans PUBS CAMPAIGN
Christo has joined a number of publicans in the city to give his support to Sean Hughes, the owner of Dylan's and The Boot, who has launched the Save St. Albans Pubs Campaign, which is calling on the government to offer additional rate relief to pubs who are facing a 72% hike in rates that is likely to lead to severe job losses and pub closures. Talking to the Hemel Gazette last month, Christo said business rates for the pub are due to soar by 47% over the next five years. That works out at having to sell 7,000 extra pints per year to make a profit. You can hear Christo discuss the rates rise with Andy Collins on 3 Counties Radio below or listen to the full show here
Hughes echoed Christo's comments, telling the Herts Advertiser that the Save St Albans Pubs campaign had calculated 80% of pubs in St Albans will see their rates rise by 72%, which equals £27,000 a pub.
This increase will directly impact tourism numbers and cause a loss to the city's priceless heritage said Hughes.
St. Albans MP Ann Main is supporting the Save St Albans Pubs campaigns along with the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), whose headquarters are in St Albans.
CAMRA is calling on thegovernment for a reduction of up to £5,000 from pubs’ business rates and an improved transitional relief model for pubs facing high increases in rates.
CAMRA has voiced its concerns that four of 10 pubs in England will be facing a significant increase in business rates that could lead to pub closures, job losses and a rise in the price of a pint in pubs.
Save St Albans Pubs campaign has launched a petition that currently has 3,872 signatures but needs to get a governmentresponse and 100,000 to bedebated in Parliament.
To sign the petition and save our great pubs from potential closure, go to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/183859