Livid locals at a popular pub in Stourbridge attended a public meeting last night to vent their anger over plans to build a supermarket on their hostelry’s car park.
Around 80 residents packed a public meeting at the Hare & Hounds Inn as part of a major Save The Pubs campaign which is being spearheaded by local UKIP MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge.
The Save The Pubs campaign aims to raise a glass to successful pubs and to the contribution they make to their local communities.
Thousands of leaflets were distributed ahead of the meeting to promote the campaign and efforts to stop proposals to build a Co-operative convenience on the car park at The Hare & Hounds Inn, in Wynall Lane.
Speaking at the meeting James Carver MEP, said: “Pubs are community assets and we will fight for pubs that are making a profit. I urge people to put pressure on all political parties and hold them into account on this issue.
“There’s already too many supermarkets and not enough pubs. We want to support community assets and the Hare & Hounds is making a profit. The convenience store will be a nail in the coffin.
“The ball really is in our court but we must not be complacent following this meeting. It is up to us.”
UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, said: “We have got a crisis in British pubs because they are being closed down at an alarming rate. We have launched the Save The Pubs campaign to do something about it.
“Pubs are the hub of any community. Public houses are about having a drink and a good natter with your friends and neighbours. They will not take our pubs away from us for a quick profit.
“If you have got something (a pub) that’s a going concern then we will fight these big corporate organisations.
“James and I will certainly be raising this issue in the EU Parliament. We will fight every attack on this pub”.
Bill Etheridge, who is also a Sedgley ward Councillor, supported the campaign to save the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley and secured the building Asset of Community Value status.
As part of the Save The Pubs campaign UKIP MEP James Carver and Councillor Paul Brothwood, UKIP’s Parliamentary Candidate for Dudley South, will be holding a public meeting at the Bridge Pub, in Moss Grove, Kingswinford, on Thursday, April 2nd at 7.30pm.
Plans are afoot to build a convenience store on the car park of this traditional public house which organises regular activities to raise funds for local and national good causes.