Sutton and Croydon politician Steve O'Connell urges Boris Johnson to do more to protect the area's pubs

Croydon Guardian: Boris Johnson and Steve O'Connell Boris Johnson and Steve O'Connell

Boris Johnson has been warned to protect the area's pubs or risk damaging to communities.

Steve O'Connell, Sutton and Croydon's member of the Greater London Assembly, has written to the Mayor of London to call on him to recognise the role pubs play in communities and do more to protect them.

He welcomed some measures Mr Johnson has made to protect pubs but said more can be done including making it harder for developers to turn vacant pubs into other things and recognising the value of having a pub in walking distance of community centres.

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11:38am Tue 15 Apr 14

Monstermunch17 says...

Why?
Pubs ceased to be community hubs a long ago. Cheap supermarket alcohol, drink-driving laws, the no-smoking ban and several other socio-economic factors have rendered community pubs a relic of a bygone age. We all mourn them when they close, but few of us frequent them on a regular basis.

Politicians would be better off focusing on protecting things that are still central to the community - libraries, parks, hospitals. The photo-ops aren't as good, but these are the things that matter to people.
Why? Pubs ceased to be community hubs a long ago. Cheap supermarket alcohol, drink-driving laws, the no-smoking ban and several other socio-economic factors have rendered community pubs a relic of a bygone age. We all mourn them when they close, but few of us frequent them on a regular basis. Politicians would be better off focusing on protecting things that are still central to the community - libraries, parks, hospitals. The photo-ops aren't as good, but these are the things that matter to people. Monstermunch17
  • Score: 5

12:21pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

We have some great cafes around Sutton; I prefer them to pubs, everyone is sober.
We have some great cafes around Sutton; I prefer them to pubs, everyone is sober. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Don't count on the Blonde Buffoon to protect anything;he hasn't protected us from the planned Incinerator air pollution.when he had the chance to do so.
Don't count on the Blonde Buffoon to protect anything;he hasn't protected us from the planned Incinerator air pollution.when he had the chance to do so. Michael Pantlin
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3:50pm Tue 15 Apr 14

LBSresident says...

Michael Pantlin wrote:
Don't count on the Blonde Buffoon to protect anything;he hasn't protected us from the planned Incinerator air pollution.when he had the chance to do so.
As Mayor he would have had to taken into account numerous other boroughs needs that would 'benefit' from the incinerator. The upshot is that he should never had to have been involved.

Instead your ire should be directed at the Lib Dem councillors in *this* borough who are supposed to be standing up for us, residents of this borough.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Pantlin[/bold] wrote: Don't count on the Blonde Buffoon to protect anything;he hasn't protected us from the planned Incinerator air pollution.when he had the chance to do so.[/p][/quote]As Mayor he would have had to taken into account numerous other boroughs needs that would 'benefit' from the incinerator. The upshot is that he should never had to have been involved. Instead your ire should be directed at the Lib Dem councillors in *this* borough who are supposed to be standing up for us, residents of this borough. LBSresident
  • Score: 4

8:32pm Wed 16 Apr 14

motomoto says...

@ £4.20 for a pint it's no wonder that pubs are dying out but i think the brewery's have played a part in this as well by charging tenant landlords sky high rent which is why so many back street boozers have shut up shop and closed down.
Many people are now choosing to go to wetherspoons where you can get decent real ale (approx £2.50 a pint) as well as deals on food e.g. curry night on thursdays etc.................
@ £4.20 for a pint it's no wonder that pubs are dying out but i think the brewery's have played a part in this as well by charging tenant landlords sky high rent which is why so many back street boozers have shut up shop and closed down. Many people are now choosing to go to wetherspoons where you can get decent real ale (approx £2.50 a pint) as well as deals on food e.g. curry night on thursdays etc................. motomoto
  • Score: 2

11:14am Fri 18 Apr 14

christhegoth says...

We have a drink & drugs problem in Croydon City Centre. Why on earth do you want venues over-run with volatile crack-heads protected?

It's actually better you lose a few pubs so that the iffy people ( managers and public ) get the warning shot that if they don't play nice they'll lose their toys.

Letting off the bad-guys has never worked.

I won't **** all pubs, but we can certainly do with losing a few.
We have a drink & drugs problem in Croydon City Centre. Why on earth do you want venues over-run with volatile crack-heads protected? It's actually better you lose a few pubs so that the iffy people ( managers and public ) get the warning shot that if they don't play nice they'll lose their toys. Letting off the bad-guys has never worked. I won't **** all pubs, but we can certainly do with losing a few. christhegoth
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