1. ITV Report

Nearly 1 in 4 Cambridge pubs closed

Closed down pub Photo: ITV Anglia

The good old British pub is going through tough times at present with hundreds closing in the East in the last five years. But councillors in Cambridge are desperately trying to stop the decline, by making it more difficult to change the use of the land they're built on.

Twenty three pubs have closed in Cambridge since 2007 leaving far less than a hundred.

Another closed pub Credit: ITV Anglia

Different uses are being found for some. Plans to turn the Grove at Arbury Court into a sikh community centre have been approved. But the council is concerned too many are shutting not because they're not viable but because landowners believe it would be more lucrative to build houses on the sites.

We are looking at whether we can put some rules in which say you can't stop something being a pub without jumping through various hurdles first."

– Councillor Tim Ward, Cambridge City Council

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