Time is called at The Burton Arms in Lincoln
Shutters have gone up at The Burton Arms, in West Parade, Lincoln, after it closed down.
A sign on the property at the Victoria Street junction says it has been secured by VPS, the “vacant property specialists”.
Martin Atkins and Claude Croote bought the pub which opened under Graham Bonner’s management in February 2012 after a refurbishment.
A study by the Campaign for Real Ale found that 18 pubs a week closed permanently in 2012.
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Publicans have long blamed their woes on cheap supermarket booze, but beer and lager sales from supermarkets and off-licences have also fallen.
Meanwhile, cider is increasing in popularity among younger drinkers.
It was announced this month that 100 local pubs nationally had been listed as assets of community value, meaning they are the most listed community building and among the most popular listed asset overall, second only to playing fields.
The Government introduced new powers in the Localism Act for communities to nominate valued facilities like pubs to enable people to stop the clock for six months if premises go up for sale to examine options to save the pub.
CAMRA’s chief executive Mike Benner said: “CAMRA is delighted that the Government has recognised the vital importance of pubs and empowered communities to protect them.
“By listing their local, communities are ensuring that if the pub is under threat in the future, there is a much-needed extra layer of protection which stops the clock should it be put up for sale.
“CAMRA’s ‘List Your Local’ campaign is aiming to get 300 pubs listed as community assets.
"We’re a third of the way there and we encourage communities to make the most of these new powers to help us achieve that goal.”
For more information visit www.camra.org.uk/listyourlocal