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Legislation to protect pubs is a fiasco

17 January, 2019

Campaigners who want to see the Black Cap pub in Camden open again

• THE fiasco over the Black Cap pub proves that legislation to protect pubs is a complete fiasco, (Mystery new operator on brink of signing deal for Black Cap, January 10).

The Steels pub, also owned by Fawcett Inns, has had all its Bohemian artefacts ripped out and replaced by a lifeless “pub designer” style.

One option to prevent further carnage is to have all pubs registered as listed buildings.

This means that any modification has to be approved by the local authority and permission to make changes only given if there is a very good reason.

The current listed building consents are far too onerous but with a little modification it could be a useful safeguard.

JONNY BUCKNELL
Chamberlain Street, NW1

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