Help to save much-loved local venues
I WAS sad to read about the closure of another longestablished Dundee pub in the
Tele this week.
I was never in Boyds and it’s not an area of town I spend much time in, but it was no doubt the type of place that played a big part in life in the Hilltown.
Unfortunately, it seems to be the way these venues are going – more of them are shutting than are opening up.
And although we do have a great number of new places popping up in the city centre and at the Waterfront, the demise of the local boozer in various areas of the city is a blow to the communities they served.
I know there’s a drive to stop people drinking so much alcohol and that’s fair enough – you’d expect the authorities to be doing something to cut down on the nation’s drink consumption.
But pubs play an important role for the people living close to them.
They aren’t just places people go to get drunk – they’re much more than that.
They’re gathering places for folk to go and socialise, catch up and build relationships, they offer facilities for events and functions and they are often the first place people go to spread personal news or to hear the latest rumours about what’s happening in their area.
I don’t doubt there are some venues which are better off shut – the ones that just attract problems and contribute to crime and antisocial behaviour – though they’re surely in the minority.
I don’t know what the solution is. I’m not naive enough to believe that the council or other bodies would step in and support these venues with cash or incentives to stay open – but I do think they should take an interest in helping them prosper. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.