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Aylesbury pub concerned for its future

Another pub in Aylesbury is at risk of closing it's doors following the recent pandemic.

Published by Mix96 News at 12:01pm 29th May 2020. (Updated at 12:04pm 29th May 2020) 2-minute read.

Aylesbury pub concerned for its future

Many pubs across the country haven't qualified for the Government grant scheme including The Broad Leys in Aylesbury.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak earlier this year many pubs had to close their doors with very little warning.

The sudden closures mean many pubs have had no form of income for 10 weeks, which has made it hard for them to cover ongoing costs including the cost of premises. 

The Government has launched a number of scheme to help both individuals and local business, but thousands of pubs haven't qualified to received any support due to their rateable value exceeding £51,000.

Broad Leys

Thankfully due to the Government furlough scheme they haven't had to lay off their 26 members of staff, but owner of The Broad Leys Helen Wood said their future is still uncertain:

"The only help that we've been allowed to access any money is to take out a business loan which puts us even further into debt to actually open up the business and try and run it , but we don't know how long we can run it for

It may be that we don't open or we try and open and when the money runs out we have to take stock then and close and it will be another pub that Aylesbury will lose.

Its awful and heartbreaking really after 19 years"

Helen also told us they have looked at various other schemes, but are still not meeting the requirements to make a claim. 

She has now written to our local MP Rob Butler and is calling on Buckinghamshire Council to help further with not only them, but other local businesses in a similar situation.

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