There is nothing more quintessentially English than enjoying a pint of real ale at your local pub, and yet they continue to close at an alarming rate. Multi-national companies are taking advantage of the current planning laws and bullying local councils into submission. These profit driven organisations are destroying our national heritage.
The FPAG fought long and hard to lessen the impact of the new Tesco Express at the site of the Golden Harp in Furze Platt. Permitted development laws meant that the 20 year lease was secured before anything could be done about it. No amount of public protest, listing the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) or applying for an Article 4 direction could prevent the loss of another much loved local.
If you would like to protect other pubs from suffering the same fate as the Golden Harp in the future please sign our HM Government e-petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66572. This is supported by CAMRA, and at the time of writing is the top-trending petition with 352 new signatories in the last hour.
Please share the petition with as many friends and groups as you can via facebook, twitter (#saveourpubs), and emails etc. You can also download our leaflet (pdf 90kb) to publicise the petition. We need 100,000 signatures in order for it to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.