West Midlands MEPs James Carver and Bill Etheridge are to hold a major public meeting as part of a major drive to combat plans which could threaten the future of a popular local pub.
The UKIP MEPs, who have just launched a Save Our Pubs campaign, will be holding a public meeting at the Hare & Hounds Inn, in Wynall Lane, on Monday, March 16th at 7.30pm.
UKIP has joined locals at the Hare & Hounds to fight controversial proposals to build a Co-Operative convenience store on the pub’s car park.
Thousands of leaflets have been distributed to local residents to promote the event and also the wider Save Our Pubs campaign which is being spearheaded in the West Midlands by James Carver and Bill Etheridge.
Along with the Hare & Hounds campaign both MEPs are also fighting Aldi’s plans to build a supermarket on the site of the landmark King Arthur pub in Dudley.
Commenting today, James Carver MEP, UKIP’s Parliamentary Candidate for Stourbridge, said: “The forthcoming public meeting is part of a newly-launched Save Our Pubs campaign which is gaining momentum.
“We are campaigning on a number of fronts to stand up for financially viable pubs, including the Seven Stars in Sedgley and the Hare & Hounds Inn, in Stourbridge.
“We should be raising a glass to the contribution pubs make to their local communities. My message is back our Save Our Pubs campaign and by doing so you will also be standing up for your local community.”
Bill Etheridge MEP, UKIP’s Parliamentary Candidate for Dudley North, said: “I urge people to attend this public meeting and learn more about the proposals for the Hare & Hounds and also hear more about the wider Save Our Pubs initiative.
“Our popular pubs should be protected. They are not just businesses, they are not just public houses, they can be people’s homes,” he added.
Entrance to the meeting at the Hare & Hounds is free and all are welcome to attend.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CALL CRAIG WINYARD, PRESS OFFICER TO JAMES CARVER MEP AND BILL ETHERIDGE MEP, ON 07881 660941.