Community pubs in North Wales are facing a crisis


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

VALUED community pubs in Wales are facing crisis with more than three closing every week.

Members of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, have contacted North Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, hoping the Welsh government uses it's power under the UK Localism Act 2011, to enact the Community Right to Bid for Asses of Community Value in Wales, which would prevent further pub closures in Wales.

Mr Isherwood said: "As the CAMRA members state, pubs play a critical role in the Welsh community; supporting over 34,000 full and part-time jobs, supporting local food and drink production, and providing a regulated environment to enjoy alcohol responsibly."
The new powers introduced under the Localism Act has allowed communities in England to protect valued community facilities by listing them as Assets of Community Value (ACVs).

Listing pubs as Assets of Community Value prevents their sale without locals knowledge, and allows communities to delay the sale for up to six months while they look at options for saving the pub.

Many of the 350 pubs listed as ACV's in England have brought people from a variety of communities to campaign to save their local pub.

Mr Isherwood said: "I strongly support the introduction of the Community Right to Bid in Wales and I am therefore calling on the Minister to give this matter his urgent attention and confirm the Welsh Government's intended course of action."

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