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Portas proposals could help pubs - BBPA

13/12/11


BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments on the publication of the Mary Portas Review of Britain’s High Streets:


“If we want to encourage people back to the High Street then thriving pubs must be part of the mix.


“There are some good ideas that would help pubs – we certainly need action on punitive business rates, and a more flexible planning system to help pubs to be part of a high street revival. I am pleased to see an enhanced role proposed for Business Improvement Districts, something we have championed at the BBPA.


“We need more flexibility in the Use Class Orders, looking at amalgamating the leisure classes and greater flexibility between C1 (Hotels) and C3 (Dwelling Houses).


“I hope the Government responds positively to these proposals, as Mary Portas deserves to succeed in putting the high street higher up the political agenda.”


Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own nearly two thirds of Britain’s 52,000 pubs.


Resources

» The Portas Review



Tags:

Community, Culture & Tourism, Employment, Regulation, Pubs


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Neil Williams
Head of Media
nwilliams@beerandpub.com
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779


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