Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, who was named a Parliamentary Beer Champion in the last Parliament has called on more local pubs to consider getting listed as Assets of Community Value and signed the form to get the Chestnut Pub in central Worcester as special listing.
He visited the pub earlier this month to say thank you to the landlord for his work over the Christmas period providing free meals to the elderly. Robin is a big supporter of Community Pubs and called some time ago for more to be listed as ACVs as part of CAMRA’s ‘list your local’ campaign. He has personally provided the forms to a number of pubs in Worcester but was aghast to find that as of January this year, none were yet formally listed.
When he visited the Chestnut to meet Colin Robinson (also known as mad Pierre), Robin signed the ACV form which had already been signed by a number of locals and expressed his delight at the ambition of the pub to become Worcester’s first formally listed local. The landlord has since confirmed that the form has gone to Worcester City Council. Along with the great work that the pub had done in supporting lonely elderly people over the Christmas period, Robin commended the hundreds of pounds every year that they raise for charities. Robin signed the form which had already been signed by the local Labour councillor and his opponent at the 2015 General Election, Councillor Joy Squires as well as local Green County Councillor Matthew Jenkins.
Robin is also backing the campaign from CAMRA to continue cutting beer duty and in addition to the benefit this would bring to pubs and the many jobs that they provide, it would also help local micro-breweries such as the Three Shires Brewery that Robin recently visited in Weir Lane, Worcester. This local start up has gone from strength to strength and following the success of Hafren, its delicious dark ale, is about to launch its first pale ale. Robin is trying to arrange for their beers to be show-cased in the Stranger’s bar of the House of Commons.
Robin is encouraging each of Worcester’s councillors to nominate a local pub in their area to become and ACV as not only will this protect more of the city’s pubs, providing an opportunity for residents to purchase them as community assets rather than see them closed or converted – it will also help Worcester in its bid to become a Heritage City. When the city performed so well in the Heritage Index last year, one of the measures by which places around the country were judged was on the number of listed pubs they contained. It is a measure of Worcester’s success in other fields that it was placed in the top five nationally despite not having any ACVs.
Commenting on the ‘list your local campaign’, Robin said:
“This is a brilliant campaign to protect more pubs and celebrate their value as community assets. When I read about the work that the Chestnut did to support lonely and vulnerable people over Christmas I thought it was the perfect example of how pubs can act as community hubs and do vital work in the communities they serve. Every local pub is in reality an asset of community value and getting them recognised as such is something that people from all walks of life should support.”
“Pubs support responsible drinking and raise millions for charity every year. I want to see Worcester’s fantastic selection of pubs, some of which are in genuinely historic buildings, more celebrated and better protected. I hope that all local councillors will give this campaign a push and I was delighted to join my Labour opponent from the last election in supporting the Chestnut’s ACV. With all the controversies and differences in modern politics I hope this is one campaign to which we can all raise a glass!”
Notes to Editors:
For more information on Camra: http://www.camra.org.uk/home
To list your local: http://www.camra.org.uk/list-your-local
For details on Robin’s naming as a Parliamentary Beer Champion see: https://www.walker4worcester.com/articles/view_detail.php?id=7fe14a78cb311dd43e0a34de5b340e49
For more detail on Robin’s support for pubs over the last six years as MP and candidate see: