Council urged to support community pubs

At the last full council meeting of Southend Council, Cllr Julian Ware-Lane submitted the following motion:

At the last full council meeting of Southend Council, Cllr Julian Ware-Lane submitted the following motion:

 

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council notes the possibility of submitting the following proposal to the government under the Sustainable Communities Act:

 

‘That the Secretary of State help protect community pubs in England by ensuring that planning permission and community consultation are required before community pubs are allowed to be converted to betting shops, supermarkets and pay-day loan stores or other uses, or are allowed to be demolished.”

 

The Council notes that if this power was acquired it would allow the council to determine if pubs should be demolished or converted into other uses and could save many valued community pubs.

 

The Council resolves to submit the proposal to the government under the Sustainable Communities Act and to work together with Local Works and the Campaign for Real Ale to gain support for the proposal from other councils in the region and across the country.

 

This was passed for consideration by the Cabinet. The Cabinet rejected the motion as they considered that “important pubs could be more effectively protected through the use of the relevant provisions of the Localism Act 2011, which allows local groups a right to identify and nominate individual pubs to be listed as an asset of community value.”

 

Last night’s Place Scrutiny Committee did not agree. On a vote (8-6) it was decided to refer this back to the Cabinet for them to reconsider.

 

Councillor Ware-Lane said: “The Conservative-led government’s legislation on assets of community value is largely pointless. This motion, however, sends a signal that we value local pubs.”

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