by Iain Roberts on 30 September, 2015
Last night, with Lib Dem support, Cheadle Area Committee voted to make the High Grove Pub on Silverdale Road an Asset of Community Value (ACV).
ACVs didn’t exist until the Lib Dems introduced them as part of the Localism Act in 2011, so they’re quite new. We think it’s absolutely right that – with Hydes planning to close the pub – the community should have the opportunity to save it.
However, I want to say a few words about what this does and doesn’t do, because it’s not a magic fix and we shouldn’t raise expectations too far.
Making the High Grove pub an Asset of Community Value does not stop Hydes selling it, nor does it stop it being knocked down for housing (which I’m told is the most likely outcome).
Instead it gives the local community a six month window to put in an offer for the pub. Hydes have no legal obligation to accept that offer. They could sell it to a housing developer anyway, it’s their choice. The asking price for the pub, I’m told, is £475,000, so the community would need to raise at least that much money and have a viable business plan to profitably run the High Grove.
Hydes can also appeal against our decision, and there’s a reason why they might. The rules say that to become an Asset of Community Value
Its main use (i.e. not ancillary) has recently been or is presently beingused to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community
Does that apply to the High Grove pub. We think there’s a good case that it does, being the only pub on the estate. It’s arguable though, and I can’t honestly predict what conclusion a judge might reach.
So the Lib Dem team want the community to have a go at this, to see if it can be made to work. There are no guarantees, and I have to say it’s not going to easy, but far better to try than not.8 Comments