Winning the fight to keep bars Open

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STUDENTS at the Open University are celebrating after plans to close their campus bars were postponed.

More than 1,200 students and members of staff signed a petition to save the Cellar and Pavillion bars.

Planned cuts to the campus’ catering facilities were also objected to.

Last Wednesday, students and staff held a peaceful sit-in protest, boycotting the catering facilities by bringing in their own lunches.

They then marched to the Pavillion bar for a meeting with university management to discuss their concerns.

Another protest was planned to take place on Tuesday afternoon, but the OU decided to postpone the closure dates from August 1 to the beginning of October for more talks to take place.

Pete Landsberg, who helped organise the protests, said he hoped no more protests are needed to come to a conclusion that all parties can agree with.

He said: “Hopefully this window of opportunity will allow us time to resolve any differences by discussion rather than protest action.”

The Citizen approached the Open University for its chance to comment but a response had not been received at the time of going to press.