FINSTALL residents were celebrating last week when Bromsgrove District Councillors voted to secure the long-term future of their local pub by accepting an application to make it an ‘Asset of Community Value’.
Licensee of The Cross Dave Neale said he was ‘very happy’ with the pub’s newly achieved ACV status.
As well as food and drink, including serving Tardebigge Cider and three real ales, the popular pub also includes a lending library which supports the local Primrose Hospice and features a small meeting room of historical interest.
One of this year’s key missions for the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is to protect local pubs from change of use by applying for them to be ACVs, providing additional protection under the Localism Act 2011.
The protection now means the owner of The Cross must inform the local authority if he wishes to sell the pub.
And if the community wants to buy it, they can trigger a delay for six months to give them a chance to raise money to make the purchase.
Paul Richards, the chairman of the Redditch and Bromsgrove branch of CAMRA, welcomed the news.
“It’s an excellent little local pub which residents have always supported.
“It’s fantastic news that Dave and the regulars have got this protection.
“CAMRA has worked hard for the last few months preparing the application and it’s great it has been listed as an asset.”
He said the group would be looking at other local pubs to see if they could benefit from Asset of Community Value status and gauge whether it would be worth putting together applications for them.
He urged anyone wanting to get involved in protecting their local pub or wanting to find out more should visit www.camra.org.uk