Worcester MP is delighted that the newly refurbished and reopened Alma Tavern has applied to be used as a polling station helping to avoid an unnecessary closure of Perdiswell Primary School.

Last week Robin met the team behind the new revamped Alma Tavern and gave a warm welcome to a proper local with a skittles alley being open in Droitwich Rd, St Stephen’s – saying it is even better news that they’re in line to take over as polling station from Perdiswell Primary School.

On previous occasions when the school was used as a polling station it had to be closed for the whole day for safeguarding reasons. This meant that, students were losing a full day of school, causing disruption to their learning, and there were significant challenges for parents with childcare. Several parents had raised this issue with the council and the local MP but, until the Alma reopened there was no alternative polling station available within the district.

After meeting the headteacher of Perdiswell Primary and discussing these issues earlier this year, Robin wrote to the City Council to urge them to find another site for voting and specifically highlighted the then derelict Alma Tavern as a possible alternative. He was therefore delighted when the city council’s consultation on polling districts proposed it as the new polling station for the area and when the new owners of the pub confirmed that this was something, they were keen to take on.

Robin visited the Alma Tavern on Friday to see the new facilities for himself and thank them for supporting the local community by providing a welcome new polling place in their skittle alley. He has long campaigned to support local pubs and to get the Alma listed as an Asset of Community Value, joining other local pubs with increased planning protection as part of Robin’s long standing “List your local” campaign. Robin has consistently support keeping local pubs open in Worcester and was named a Parliamentary Pub Champion for 2019 by the British Beer & Pub Association and Long Live The Local.

Commenting on the reopened Alma and its offer to become a polling station, Robin said:

“It was great to visit a pub that has been revived and regenerated to serve its local community and I was impressed both with the warmth of the welcome and the excellent facilities at the Alma.”

“After a long campaign to try to get the polling station for this district moved out of the primary school where it was causing challenges for teachers and parents alike, I am thrilled that a local community pub has proved to be part of the solution.”

“I have strongly supported the proposal in Worcester City’s consultation on polling places that the polling station be moved to the skittle alley at the Alma and I believe this is a win-win for the local community.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

For Robin previous statements on pubs, please see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/2018/10/walker-welcomes-tax-cuts-and-cost-of-living-measures-to-support-worcester-workers/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/lets-get-more-local-pubs-listed-says-walker-as-chestnut-becomes-the-first-in-worcester/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-named-parliamentary-beer-champion/

https://www.walker4worcester.com/2016/03/walker-welcomes-success-of-fuel-duty-campaign-again-good-news-for-beer-and-pub-jobs-in-worcester/