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Local pubs can be a fantastic asset. A safe, enjoyable space to socialise, and a way for people to access live music and other forms of entertainment right at the heart of the community.

It’s a real shame that we see so many pubs closing down. I’ve supported a number of measures in Parliament to reduce pressures on small pubs and breweries and help them stay competitive in a world of cheap supermarket booze.

The Railway Pub in Bromley Cross stands out to me as a missed opportunity. It doesn’t seem so long ago that the place was packed with local residents having a good time but it’s been sat vacant for more than two years now. As time goes by it’s becoming an eyesore and a target for vandalism. I want to see the pub re-opened.

I met with Bromley Cross Labour activists Steve Sutton and Deborah Whenlock about the issue and we wanted to find a common sense solution. When we looked into it we learned that Star Pubs are asking for annual rent of £37,250. Given the current economic circumstances this would be a big disincentive for people to take a chance on the pub.

I understand that Star Pubs want to have a profitable arrangement but if the building sits empty then they make no money, Bromley Cross has one less business and the community misses out on a good local pub.

We are asking Star Pubs to work with the community and offer a discounted rate on the rent of the Railway Pub for the first 2 to 3 years. As Steve recently said to the Bolton News “The swift reopening of these premises will clearly benefit both Star Pubs and our community. We hope Star Pubs consider the proposal mutually beneficial.”

If you agree with us and want to show your support, please sign our petition https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-gb/takeaction/343/076/808/

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