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20-11-2012, 20:40
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More complaints from the usual suspects about how supermarkets are killing pubs (http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/General-News/CAMRA-urges-planning-law-changes-to-stop-pub-supermarket-conversions). But, as I’ve written before (http://curmudgeoncolumns.blogspot.co.uk/2011_10_01_archive.html), surely if the pubs were successful in the first place there would be no pressure to convert them to alternative use. And, in most parts of the country, there’s no shortage of pubs for sale (http://www.fleurets.com/), so if there is a demand for pubs such premises will be snapped up, won’t they, even if others have closed?
Perhaps rather than whingeing about the results of the decline of pubs, those pointing the finger at Tesco should be looking at the causes. No amount of tinkering with planning law will save a single pub if the underlying demand is no longer there.

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