Locals protest against brewery closure

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Locals have objected to news that the world-famous Three Tuns brewery at Bishops Castle in Shropshire could be knocked down.Secretary of the...

Locals have objected to news that the world-famous Three Tuns brewery at Bishops Castle in Shropshire could be knocked down.

Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Robert Humphreys is spearheading a campaign to save the brewery because he says the building and its history are "unique". He has the support of hundreds of locals who are lobbying the local council to refuse the plans.

Mr Humphreys said that the brewery has been through ups and downs over the past few years and as a result has now sought planning consent to destroy the brewery by converting it into residential accommodation.

But he added that with the introduction of progressive beer duty (PBD) the brewery could take advantage of a 50 per cent reduction in taxes.

"They would get the full 50 per cent reduction in taxes on what they brewed," he said. "We have the support of all the local MPs and members of the trade. There is a huge opposition to this proposal."

Nobody at the brewery was available for comment.

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