Revealed: Number of pubs that have closed in Newham since 2001
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 December 2018
Newham has fewer than half the pubs it had in 2001, figures have revealed.
In 2018 45 boozers are still serving compared to 105 at the turn of the century, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.
Among those closed in Newham are The Trowel and Telegraph in Church Street, Stratford, The Anchor in Star Lane and the Essex Arms in Victoria Dock Road.
The number of staff working behind bars in Newham has been slashed by a third from 600 in 2001 to 400 this year, according to the ONS numbers.
An ONS report – Economies of ale: small pubs close as chains focus on big bars – reveals that nationwide almost a quarter of locals, more than 11,000, have been lost in the last 10 years most of them small, independent businesses.
Tom Stainer, from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said: “These shocking new figures show the huge loss that has been felt by communities as beloved locals closed down.
“Pubs play a unique role in offering a social environment to enjoy a drink with friends, help combat loneliness and help people feel connected to their community,” he said.
Mr Stainer urged the government to save pubs from extinction calling for business rates reform, a full review of the pubs code between larger chains and tenant landlords and a lower rate of duty on beer sold in boozers.
Brigid Simmonds from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said Newham was one of the worst affected areas.
She added that the smoking ban along with increased beer duty had hit pubs hard but the industry needed to carry on adapting to survive in the face of increased competition on the High Street and changing drinking habits.
“Populations have changed, but pubs play a role as meeting places selling soft and non-alcoholic drinks. They have adapted to that sort of change.
“But it’s devastating to lose a pub. They are really important to people. If people want to keep them they have got to go out and support them. It’s urgent,” Ms Simmonds said.