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
On Tuesday 29th April 2014, the RBWM Council voted unanimously to pass the following FPAG/CAMRA motion proposed by Cllr George Bathurst:
This council asks that the Government help protect community pubs in England by ensuring that full 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 preceding debate included references to the totally ineffectual ACV listings and Article 4 Directions, supposedly created to protect our much-loved pubs from permitted development.
Although it is too late to save the Golden Harp, we truly hope that the Government will change the planning laws to preserve viable pubs, which are both the centre of our communities and part of our national heritage.
Interestingly, the Publicans’ Morning Advertiser reports that: CAMRA votes to stop working with pubcos.
This is a step in the right direction and proof that local democracy can work. We would like to thank everyone who has helped make this happen and supported us in our campaign to save the Harp.
FANTASTIC NEWS – Tesco, Central Midlands Estates and their lawyers Shoosmiths have suffered another defeat at the hands of the mighty FPAG. Their attempt to appeal against the listing of the Golden Harp as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been refused by the Royal Borough.
“The result of this review is that the Property should remain listed as an ACV in that the test in section 88(2) of the Act has been satisfied by the Nominating Body [FPAG].”
Congratulations to everyone involved!
The FPAG is working hard preparing for the other appeal hearing (regarding planning permission). Don’t forget to book the day off on Thursday 17 October 2013 – we really need as many people as we can get to attend the hearing (10:00am Town Hall).