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Hold My Beer…… The fight to save pubs
       by Ann Summers-Glass - Pubs Officer
                                                    InnQuirer Issue 70 - Spring 2019
                                                    InnQuirer Issue 70 - Spring 2019
       continued from page 6
       Check the                             contact them. If you live in an area
       https://pubs.camra.org.uk/planning-   which has a town or parish council
       help-and-guidance page as well.       speak to them as they should be able to
                                             help.
       Furness branch straddles three local
       authorities (Barrow-in-Furness Borough  Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council:
       Council, South Lakeland District      https://barrowbc.gov.uk
       Council and Copeland Borough
       Council) and part of it is within the Lake  Copeland Borough Council:
       District National Park. These are all  https://www.copeland.gov.uk/attachm
       Planning Authorities and if you do want  ents/community-right-bid
       your pub to be covered by an ACV you
       need to apply to the correct one. It is  South Lakeland District Council:
       the statutory duty of the district /  https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/you
       borough councils to maintain a list of  r-environment/your-
       assets of community value, but the
       National Park website gives details of  community/community-
       planning applications which may affect  rights/community-right-to-bid/make-
       the viability of a pub even if they do not  a-community-right-to-bid-nomination/
       maintain a separate list.
                                             Lake District National Park:
       Not all Authorities have helpful      https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/
       information available on their websites  If you and your fellow campaigners
       but you can get details of how to
                                             believe the only way to save your pub is
                                             to club together and buy it to be run as
                                             a community pub, there are various
                                             groups who can help.
                                             The Plunkett Foundation
                                             (https://plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-
                                             pub/) is a useful resource, as are
                                             Protect Pubs
                                             (http://protectpubs.org.uk/) and the
                                             My Community group
                                             (https://mycommunity.org.uk/take-
                                             action/land-and-building-
                                             assets/assets-of-community-value-
                                             right-to-bid/).
                                             Pubs nationally are closing faster than
                                             new ones open. More than 25% have
                                             closed since 2001 – currently that’s 18
                                             each week. There are all sorts of reasons
                                             but too often it’s one of the pubcos just
                                             trying to reduce its enormous debt
                                             regardless of what their customers
                                             want. I’ll write about those reasons
                                             another day but for the moment let’s try
                                             to save our pubs!






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