We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Golden Harp campaign, and those hard-working residents who became part of the FPAG family.
As from April 5th 2015, where a pub is listed as an Asset of Community Value, a planning application will be required for the change of use or demolition of that pub. It falls short of putting pubs in a sui generis category, but it is clearly a step in the right direction and a fitting end to our campaign.
If you are interested in pubs and real ale, we would encourage you to join your local CAMRA branch, and maybe even get involved with helping out at a beer festival (this year’s Maidenhead Beer Festival is on July 24th-26th).
With the election just around the corner, we would also urge voters to join the debate on local and national issues, perhaps with the help of 38 Degrees. Our Chairman, Mark Newcombe, is organising a 38 Degrees meet-up in Maidenhead soon, so please visit their website, or get in touch if you would like to know more. Let us get together and ensure make sure that the issues we care about are top of the winning politicians’ agenda
There is nothing more quintessentially English than enjoying a pint of real ale at your local pub, and yet they continue to close at an alarming rate. Multi-national companies are taking advantage of the current planning laws and bullying local councils into submission. These profit driven organisations are destroying our national heritage.
The FPAG fought long and hard to lessen the impact of the new Tesco Express at the site of the Golden Harp in Furze Platt. Permitted development laws meant that the 20 year lease was secured before anything could be done about it. No amount of public protest, listing the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) or applying for an Article 4 direction could prevent the loss of another much loved local.
If you would like to protect other pubs from suffering the same fate as the Golden Harp in the future please sign our HM Government e-petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66572. This is supported by CAMRA, and at the time of writing is the top-trending petition with 352 new signatories in the last hour.
Please share the petition with as many friends and groups as you can via facebook, twitter (#saveourpubs), and emails etc. You can also download our leaflet (pdf 90kb) to publicise the petition. We need 100,000 signatures in order for it to be considered for debate in the House of Commons.