A PUB landlord has become so concerned with local trade he has organised a meeting with Hyndburn’s MP.
Phil Miller, the owner of the Stanley Street Working Men’s Club, in Accrington is meeting Greg Pope today (Friday) after claims he has suffered crippling blows at the hands of the Government.
Phil said: "The smoking ban and general price increases is killing the pub trade.
"I am meeting Greg Pope because I want to know what the Government wants from the pub trade as a whole, and to tell them how it is for the people at grassroots level.
"As a pub owner I can not just walk away from the trade but the impact of these decisions are devastating. I bought this pub five years ago and at the time I had three full-time staff and eight part-time staff.
"Now I have had to let all the full-time workers go, cut my opening times by five hours and do 18 and 19-hour shifts myself just to make ends meet.
"Greg Pope needs to realise what he is representing. Accrington is becoming an area full of £1 shops and not much else."
Phil’s worries come 10 months after the Observer exclusively reported that time had been called at more than a dozen pubs throughout the borough, leaving many communities without an important focal point.
A spokesman for the pressure group Camra, the Campaign for Real Ale, said at the time of the closures: "Our research has shown that 56 pubs are lost across the UK every month and the fact that so many have closed in Hyndburn will mean that people are rapidly being deprived of the amenity of a local pub."