Supporting Pubs in the local community

Michelle Donelan with Alan Shepherd at the Bell Inn at Lacock

Great to meet with Alan Shepherd at the award winning Bell Inn, Bowden Hill near Lacock. This pub is the current holder of Pub of the year in the area, as voted by CAMRA members, they have won the award 9 times in the last 15 years. Local pubs can play an important role at the heart of the community.

The Government has launched a new £1.5 million Pub Loan Fund to enable local communities to take control of pubs at risk of closure. Local people will be able to apply for small loans to help restore their pub, to help pay for feasibility work or lawyers’ fees.

£350,000 has also been provided to ‘Pub is The Hub’ and the Plunkett Foundation to help local residents buy and run pubs and to enable pubs to provide community services.

The introduction of a national list of Assets of Community of Value has also seen many pubs protected from redevelopment. Communities are able to nominate any pub as an Asset of Community Value and if it then comes up for sale, the community then has 6 months to raise the necessary funds to bid to buy it. Over 800 pubs have been listed in this way.