Petition launched to save Padiham pub

The Alma Inn landlord Kevin Kirtland with pub regulars who are opposed to plans to sell the pub and turn it into two houses.
The Alma Inn landlord Kevin Kirtland with pub regulars who are opposed to plans to sell the pub and turn it into two houses.

Regulars are rallying to save a popular Padiham pub facing the threat of closure.

The Alma could be shut and turned into two houses if developers’ plans are given the green light.

But drinkers at the historic West Street tavern have launched a campaign to thwart the controversial proposals.

More than 200 people have already signed a petition to save the pub which has been serving Padiham since 1897.

Fears are a community amenity would be lost along with jobs for Padiham people if the pub was closed and turned into houses.

Campaigners packed out a Padiham Town Council meeting to voice their anger at the plans and called for it to be stopped.

Kevin Kirtland, licensee at the Alma since 2011, said: “It’s a vital part of the community. You get people living alone who know people in the local pub who otherwise not go out. Since I took over the takings have improved tremendously. I have the support of local residents who are pleased with the standards of management in the pub.

“Padiham puts itself forward as thriving for local business so it would be very detrimental if the planning permission went ahead.”

Coun. Christopher Smith said: “This is the most community-minded pub I’ve ever known. It’s brilliant but it would be destroyed for two houses. We can’t afford to keep losing community places like this, it’s wrong.”