Communities Minister Bob Neill got more than a pint and a packet of crisps when he visited a pub in North Yorkshire to see first hand how the community is working together to preserve and protect their local pub’s future.
Visiting The Shoulder of Mutton in Kirkby Overblow Mr Neill met the licensees - Kate and David to hear why they combined the local village shop with the village pub. Kate and David explained the merger created a successful business and also preserved a vital local asset, retaining local employment and providing the community with an important focal point.
Communities Minister Bob Neill said:
“We all know the name of our local pub, and we want to give people the opportunity to run it. They are often at the heart of our rural communities, and play an important role in bringing a community together.
“This government is committed to ensuring that citizens and communities can get on and do things for themselves, which for too long the stranglehold of bureaucracy has stopped.”
Community groups will be given the opportunity to take over closing or failing pubs and run them as community pubs. Under new powers in the Community Right to Build initiative, to be included in the forthcoming Localism Bill, communities will bid to take on local assets and facilities where they are up for sale - giving real power back to them.
There are many great examples of the community stepping in when their pub is under threat: