A COLNE councillor has expressed concern over the recent closure of a pub in his ward, condemning the actions of pub companies for not looking at community needs and pushing pubs too far in their demand for profit.
The Emmott Arms in Laneshaw Bridge closed a few weeks ago after Enterprise Inns withdrew its managers from the premises. They had been there only three months after a string of previous landlords left the premises.
There was also concern that the Trawden Arms was shutting, but this has been taken over by new management.
Boulsworth councillor Paul White said “It is clear for everyone living in these villages that the pub companies are doing so many things wrong but they don’t see us as the customer, and that is where the problem lies”.
He claims pub companies are charging unsustainable rents in a drive to get as much money from individuals in as short a time as possible.
“They start landlords off on a decent rent, and as soon as there is any hint of a pub developing into a successful business, the rent is hiked up. These pubs are about more than just somewhere to drink and eat, they are a community hub. We cannot stand by and watch our rural services dwindle away. The time for action is now.”
Coun. White has given his support to a community- led scheme which would allow villagers to run their local.
He said: “If there was an appetite in Trawden and Laneshaw Bridge I would be happy to help get such a project off the ground whether that be through the Community Right To Buy scheme, or by other means. In the meantime I will be doing all I can to ensure these public houses are safeguarded for the future”.