Liberal Democrat councillors in Sheffield, who have been campaigning for greater powers to protect pubs, have welcomed Government plans for a pub adjudicator.
The plans, announced yesterday by Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, will give publicans greater protection through a statutory code and an independent adjudicator.
The announcement follows the campaigning of Sheffield Liberal Democrats to save local pubs. In February, Liberal Democrat councillors successfully tabled a motion to a Sheffield Full Council meeting calling for greater action from both the Council and the Government to protect community pubs.
The motion came just weeks after Sheffield was named the Beer Capital of the UK in a New York Times article.
Cllr David Baker, local Liberal Democrat councillor for Stannington, said:
“Sheffield pubs are a crucial part of our communities and history and we know they are renowned across the globe. I’m delighted that Liberal Democrats in Government have secured these new powers, which will help protect Sheffield landlords and communities from exploitative pub chains.
“Local people want to see our community pubs protected so I’m sure landlords and customers will be raising a pint to these plans tonight. However, I still believe there is more Sheffield Council could be doing locally so we will continue to campaign for community pubs.”