Num­ber of booz­ers falls

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Robert Mitchell

The num­ber of pubs has fallen by more than a quar­ter in La­nark­shire – as fears grow that large chain bars are forc­ing smaller lo­cals out of busi­ness.

New Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics data shows that the county has lost more than 100 pubs and bars since the turn of the cen­tury.

Stats show the amount of booz­ers has fallen from 380 in 2001 to 270 in 2018 (down 28 per cent).

While the over­all num­ber of pubs and bars has fallen, the pic­ture is very dif­fer­ent for larger and smaller es­tab­lish­ments.

The num­ber of smaller booz­ers – those with fewer than 10 em­ploy­ees – fell from 290 to 200 (a drop of 31 per cent).

How­ever, the fall was less pro­nounced for larger es­tab­lish­ments – those with 10 or more staff. They dropped from 90 to 70 (down 22 per cent).

Ex­perts have said it is “shock­ing” that so many “beloved lo­cals” are clos­ing down and the statis­tics do not mea­sure the so­cial cost to com­mu­ni­ties that have lost their pubs.

Tom Stainer, cam­paigns and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for CAMRA, a con­sumer or­gan­i­sa­tion, said: “Pubs play a unique role in of­fer­ing a so­cial en­vi­ron­ment to en­joy a drink with friends, they help com­bat iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness and help peo­ple feel con­nected to their com­mu­nity.

“With a quar­ter of pubs clos­ing in the last decade, we need the gov­ern­ment to act now to save our pubs from ex­tinc­tion.”

Na­tion­ally, the num­ber of big pubs and bars has ac­tu­ally risen from 965 to 1040 since the turn of the cen­tury but the num­ber of smaller pubs and bars has de­creased over the same pe­riod – drop­ping from 2625 to 1805.

All num­bers in the fig­ures are rounded to the near­est five.

The num­ber of peo­ple work­ing in all pubs and bars in La­nark­shire has dropped from ap­prox­i­mately 3500 in 2001 to 2500 in 2018 (down 28 per cent).

Of those, the num­ber work­ing in smaller pubs and bars has been slashed from ap­prox­i­mately 1400 to around 900 (35 per cent). In larger pubs and bars, it is down from 2050 to 1500 (26 per cent).

South La­nark­shire had 110 smaller pubs or bars in 2018, down from 145 back in 2001 and it had 40 larger es­tab­lish­ments in 2018 – down from 50.

One for the road More than 100 pubs and bars have closed in La­nark­shire since the turn of the cen­tury

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