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Locals furious at 'disgusting' council decision to shut popular family pub

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The Minerva, one of Hull’s oldest pubs, will now have to close for the “forseeable future” after the killjoy council refused planning permission. The establishment wanted to place outdoor seating on part of the pavement outside, reports Hull Live. 

The decision has angerred many of the regulars, who were met on Monday with a notice on a large blackboard outside the pub and on its social media.

It read: “It is with huge regret that we are closed for the foreseeable future. This is not Covid related.

“Hull City Council have refused us permission to use the pavement and road outside The Minerva for outdoor seating for our customers.

“We have been informed prosecution is intended if we do not abide by the rules. We cannot express enough our disappointment and despair at this decision.”

One regular posted online: “So unfair for the landlord and staff. Myself and my family live within walking distance and love going to Minerva for the great food and drinks.

“The council should be helping them not killing them off.”

Another wrote: “Sad, was looking forward to coming to the Minerva”

One woman branded the council’s decision as “ridiculous”.

Another wrote: “They had seating outside last year, my mother and I went there inbetween the lockdowns and, although we went inside, every table outside had people on them [sic] and the Minerva had a separate entrance and exit, it was all working really well.”

A regular posted: “Disgusting HCC (Hull City Council) just when we/you should be getting everyone out, to get footfall back in the city, to get hardworking people back into work.”

Hull City Council, a Labour-controlled authority, says it works closely with and supports businesses.

A spokesman for the authority said: “Hull City Council, like all local authorities, is responsible for ensuring that local businesses correctly interpret and implement government guidance.

“When businesses fail to implement suitable measures, we will contact them outlining the necessary changes that they must make.

“From the very start of the pandemic, we have urged businesses to contact us if they have any questions regarding the guidance and the measures they must put in place.

“We have published various Government guidance and also contacted businesses directly with information. We will continue to support businesses as they reopen and introduce safe working practices and measures.

“Hull City Council has a responsibility to the city’s business community and residents to ensure that all businesses interpret and implement the guidance correctly and safely.”



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