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Local council elections

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CAMRA Logo with wordsOn Thursday 5th May the local council elections take place, and for those who live in the City of Liverpool, you also have the Mayoral elections. Many of the candidates will be knocking on doors, delivering leaflets or holding meetings to get your vote. If they contact you in any way ask them what they will do to support community pubs and real ale.

 

The candidates will have their favourite local themes so try to get their interest by linking pubs to the following examples:

 

Local business.

Many of the candidates will say that they support local businesses as these provide jobs and services to a thriving community. Remind them that well-run pubs are part of that community. They provide vital jobs, a community focus and contribute to the £3,800,000,000 tourism revenue brought in to the Greater Merseyside region.

Planning.

Ask the candidates to get their local authority to include a Pub Protection Policy in their local plans. If the local plan has been adopted encourage them to create a supplementary guidance document that actively resists the loss of public houses. Currently 27 pubs close every week. Too many close because local authorities do not refuse planning applications which may later go to appeal.

Assets of Community Value.
The Localism Act 2011 is now starting to be used to make local council plans. One of the ideas introduced by the Act was Assets of Community Value (ACVs). Ask your candidates to actively support ACV listing of pubs and remind them that they should be including ACVs in adopted policies as encouraged by national legislation.

Anthony Morgan,
Public Affairs Officer,
Liverpool & Districts CAMRA.

CAMRA Members - Are you missing out

Take noticeLiverpool & Districts CAMRA keeps in touch with members on email on a regular basis: giving a synopsis on all beery events (both CAMRA and non-CAMRA) and special news such as pub awards, and reminders about branch socials and meetings.

We are keeping members up to date with what is going on within the branch without using CAMRA funds on snail mail letters.

Liverpool & Districts are keen to keep in touch. So, if you are a CAMRA Member and want to be kept up to date with what’s happening, both locally and nationally, please make sure that your email address is logged on the CAMRA website.

This is very easy to do:

  • Log onto the CAMRA website – www.camra.org.uk.
  • Click the Login tab and sign in with your membership number and password (your postcode).
  • Click the My Membership tab then click Edit your membership information.
  • Click Enter/Amend My Record. Edit and Save your changes.

Any problems? email the branch Membership Secretary 

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Members can use whatpub.com to search for details of pubs across the UK and then look up details such as opening times, descriptions, facilities and of course details of the real ale and cider on offer.

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Liverpool & District CAMRA:

Branch Contact, Steve Downing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CAMRA HQ:

230 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 4LW

phone: (01727) 867 201

www.camra.org.uk

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