Question to the Council on pub closure policy
25/01/2017 11:36:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
From Councillor Mario Creatura to Councillor Hamida Ali
What is the Council's policy on pub closures in Croydon?
Does the Council acknowledge the power that a good quality pub has as a community hub, serving the needs of many isolated and lonely residents, as well as encouraging moderation and the sensible consumption of alcohol?
Unfortunately, the decline in pubs is a relatively long-standing national trend not confined to Croydon and the debate on its causes is fairly wide ranging – including changes in consumer behaviour and commercial conditions – many of which are beyond the council’s control.
However, as a planning authority, the council has taken positive steps. Through the proposed Local Plan, the Council has set out policy to provide greater protection for existing pubs through local planning policy. The proposed Local Plan has been amended specifically to define public houses as ‘community facilities’ that require protection. Indeed, Cllr O’Connell’s own research for the London Assembly on ‘How to Save London’s Pubs as Community Resources’ is listed as a key supporting document. In addition a new policy within the proposed Detailed Policies and Proposals, Policy DM22, sets out the council’s proposed policy Protecting Public Houses which states that the Council will “resist the loss of these facilities unless it can be demonstrated that it is no longer required in its current use”.
Furthermore, the Council’s work to promote Croydon and attract further inward investment towards a more vibrant evening economy can support the prospects of our pubs in Croydon - in both town and district centres. As a licensing authority we will be reviewing the Council’s licensing policy – which can also better reflect these ambitions.