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Town demo against plans to turn pub into store

Photo: Timothy Jones

Around 150 people have turned out in Crickhowell High Street in Powys to oppose plans to convert a pub in the High Street into a convenience store.

Around 1,500 have already signed an online petition opposing the plans say campaigners.

The demo held on Friday at Crickhowell in Powys. Credit: Timothy Jones

Protestors say the town centre is almost entirely served by family-run shops and stores and the independent stores "are a major draw for tourists".

They're now trying to prevent a national chain from turning the The Corn Exchange pub into a convenience store.

Credit: Timothy Jones

Crickhowell boasts one of the few independent High Streets in Wales, it's one of the towns unique selling points. Crickhowell is already well served by 3 independent convenience stores, two butchers, a bakers, an off licence and a florist, to name a few would suffer loss of business as a result of this application being granted. The whole dynamic of our town would change dramatically.

– Emma Corfield-Walters, Totally Locally Crickhowell Campaign

The planning application will be decided by the Brecon Beacons National Park.