Landlords hot under the collar over heaters plan

PUBLISHED: 11:58 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009

LANDLORDS could lose out after meddling officials look set to slap a ban on patio heaters, writes Ben Griffiths. With smokers in pubs banished outside over half a year ago, Times Territory s publicans described the European parliament s verdict to outlaw

LANDLORDS could lose out after meddling officials look set to slap a ban on patio heaters, writes Ben Griffiths.

With smokers in pubs banished outside over half a year ago, Times Territory's publicans described the European parliament's verdict to outlaw outdoor heaters as "utterly unfair".

Last month's decision could cost landlords thousands after many built shelters containing the heaters following the smoking ban last July.

The contraptions have now been deemed environmentally unfriendly and MEPs' endorsement of a damning report could lead to a full ban by the end of the year.

Mike Riley, manager at the Beehive in Beehive Lane, WGC, where heaters were brought in especially, called the move "barbaric".

"It seems that smokers are being alienated all together," he said

"About 40 per cent of our clients have been hit hard and there is no doubt business has been affected by the smoking ban.

"In the winter could be hard for us if they take these heaters away especially as our company has invested in this good little shelter.

"They call it progression and we call it barbaric."

Paul Englefield, landlord of the Chequers in Potters Bar, branded plans as "crazy".

"You might as well close down the outside of a pub in the winter if they are going to do this," said Mr Englefield, who is also chairman of Potters Bar and South Mimms Pubwatch.

"What do they want to do? Close down all the pubs in the area?

"Most pubs in the area don't have them yet, but are obviously keen on getting the heaters because they are still applying for them."

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