The Maidenhead Advertiser recently published a letter from Mark Newcombe, the CAMRA Pub Protection Officer, encouraging people to support their local pubs.
Letter to the Advertiser
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP and RBWM Council Support Pubs
I recently received a letter of congratulations from our MP, Theresa May, with regards to the Pub of the Year 2018 award presented to the Craufurd Arms by the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Branch. The support that we have received from our Prime Minister and the RBWM Council has been remarkable and much appreciated.
With the fate of so many of our pubs hanging in the balance it is good to know that the RBWM councillors and officers are prepared to step up to the plate and address the loss of so many community assets and the plight of tenants tied to highly indebted pub-owning companies as in the case of the Barley Mow.
The North Star and the Crooked Billet both in Westborough Road and owned by the Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns), The Red Lion in Oakley Green (Punch Taverns) and The Swan in Clewer (Wellington Pub Company) are all under threat. It may well be that community or private ownership are the only way to save our pubs from oblivion. It’s worth bearing in mind that once these community hubs are lost they are lost forever.
I hope with the help of our council and elected officials more can be done to preserve our heritage and ensure that we can celebrate our unique hostelries for years to come.
Please invest in and support your local pub and help reduce social isolation – use it or lose it.
Pub Protection Officer