Disgruntled Punch hosts step up fight

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Petitions are being mailed out to pubs as part of a campaign by Punch licensees to force their company to review their trading conditions. Angry...

Petitions are being mailed out to pubs as part of a campaign by Punch licensees to force their company to review their trading conditions. Angry lessees of the pub company claim tied beer prices and excessive rents are putting them out of business. They have formed a tenants' association in a bid to put pressure on the company and ask the Government to investigate its practices. And the campaign is being widened to include other pub companies. Petitions are being sent to pubs run by disgruntled Punch licensees in order to get customers on their side. The petition asks customers to support the licensee and back a call for a Government investigation. It says, "Since pubcos charge high prices for beer to maintain their profits, they are forcing you, the public, to pay a much higher retail price." One of the organisers, Dave Westwood, of the Vine at Rugeley, who recently helped set up a crisis meeting of licensees at his pub, said he was encouraged by theletters of support he had received for the campaign. "Things are starting to take off and we are calling on licensees to seek local publicity and tell the local press that if things go on the way they are, then we could see the demise of the local pub. Robert Feal-Martinez, host of the Carpenter's Arms Motel in South Marston, Wiltshire, has thrown his weight behind the campaign for a tenants association. Said Feal-Martinez: "I"ve been in pubs for 20 years but I have never experienced such open growing hostility from lessees against pubcos.

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