Cheers to an asset of our communities

The Victoria in St Annes and (below) Russell Cobb.
The Victoria in St Annes and (below) Russell Cobb.
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Beer buffs are campaigning to save their locals with a plan to get pubs listed as a community asset.

The Campaign for Real Ale is calling on its members to get active as a survey shows that 26 pubs a week are closing in the UK.

Russell Cobb

Russell Cobb

It said that under the Localism Act 2011, people living in England can nominate a pub to be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).

It said listing a local as an ACV would provide communities with the power to stop the clock for six months when faced with the a pub going up for sale, earning valuable time to explore options for saving the pub.

The Victoria in St Annes is a prime example. It was saved from demolition and is being considered for ACV status.

The move comes as the council this week moved to put The Mitre, the Pump and Truncheon and the Cedar Tavern on its local heritage list.

This list would be taken into account by planners when considering development proposals in Blackpool.

Today Russell Cobb from the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of CAMRA said their members supported the bid.

He said: “We are behind this 100 per cent.

“It is a great way in which the community can at least give a threatened pub a stay of execution. The Vic in St Annes is a great example.

“In our area there are a lot of pub closures but we also hear of pubs reopening again so its swings and roundabouts.

“It is good to see more pubs putting on real ale and our membership is constantly rising and one of the largest in Lancashire.”

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