Sign Of The Times : Rate of pub closures accelerates across North East to five per week

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Pubs in the North are closing at the rate of five a week prompting concerns over the long term future of the region’s watering holes.

New figures today show a rise in weekly closures has accelerated from three per week in December last year to five this summer.

Campaigners are now calling for an urgent change in the law to make it harder for pubs to be demolished or converted to supermarkets and convenience stores.

Pubs in the region which have been become supermarkets in recent years include The Lodge, in Durham City, which is now a Sainsburys and The Prospect in Sunderland which became a Lidl.

Supermarkets tend to favour taking over drinking venues as no planning permission is needed to convert them into supermarkets.

Camra – the Campaign for Real Ale – has now launched a campaign calling for planning applications to be required before a…

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