On 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:
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.
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.
Public Affairs Officer,
Liverpool & Districts CAMRA.