We call on Punch Taverns to offer John Pybus at The Blue Bell,York a new tenancy agreement
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To Clive Chesser – Punch Taverns CEO
As CEO of Punch Taverns we call on you to intervene to withdraw the Section 25 (lease termination and eviction) notice which was served on licensee John Pybus at the Blue Bell in response to his attempt to exercise his legal right to an improved deal under the Pubs Code.
We note that the Pubs Code Adjudicator has recently reiterated specific concern regarding the widespread use of Section 25 notices in exactly such circumstances.
We call on Punch to negotiate a new agreement with John, with terms which will allow him to continue his excellent work at this much loved and iconic pub on sustainable terms.
Your hostile actions towards John have been widely publicised and are well understood, not least by the regular customers who are the source of the majority of The Blue Bell's revenue, and who have made it very clear that they will not support the pub under the proposed retail agreement.
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