A new Wetherspoons was opened today on the M40 Motorway Services. However this has not been without some form of controversy.
The Hope and Champion will be open from 4am and will be able to sell alcohol to customers between 9am-1am seven days a week. There has been some uproar about the opening of this new £1.2million pub, with stiff and strong criticism coming from the RAC. Despite the opening of the new pub only 12% of the 2,000 questioned by the RAC were in favour of opening this new establishment.
Pete Williams, RAC’s head of external affairs, when asked about his views on the pub he said “of all places to put a pub, why choose a motorway service station?” He later goes on to say that the temptation to drink would go up significantly as the access to alcohol would now be a lot easier. However the owner of The Hope and Champion, Steve Baldwin has said that it will also be open to “the surrounding community and local roads”. As well as this Baldwin later added that it won’t just be alcoholic drinks that will be served, he added that there will also be non-alcoholic drinks as well as hot drinks on offer to customers.
To conclude this article, it is clear that most people are highly against this new establishment with a measly 12% of people agreeing with the pubs opening. As well as this, a major car-based company in the form of the RAC have also expressed their negative views towards the opening of the pub emphasising the temptation to drink would be increased.
The view of the UK’s leading Mobile Bar Hire provder is “Although this is good for the industry, we need to be sure that it does not encourage people to drink and drive. Being aware of the issues of alcohol and health is a vital part of the industry. In addition to this the safety of roadusers should always be a priority”.
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