BBC: Communities ‘need more’ to save local pubs, says AM

Communities struggling to save their local pub should have more help from the public and private sector, says a North Wales AM.

Llyr Huws Gruffydd said he will write to large pub-owning companies (pubcos) to see if they will give regulars the first chance to buy a pub being sold.

The Plaid AM’s comments come after a report showed 375 pubs closed in Wales from 2007-10, 80 of them in the north.

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Smoking ban: traditional inner city pubs have suffered most

Traditional inner city pubs have suffered the most since the introduction of  smoking bans in Scotland, England and Wales, says a new report from the Save Our Pubs and Clubs campaign.

The research conducted by CR Consulting, using data from CGA Strategy, revealed that the greatest levels of pub closures have been in Labour-held constituencies with an average of almost eleven pubs per constituency, compared to 9.9 pubs per Liberal Democrat constituency and 7.6 pubs per Conservative constituency. Click here to read more