Give more help to Cumbria's community pubs, says MP Farron

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CUMBRIA County Council should provide grants for community pubs and help them host community services like shops, post offices and other community facitlites, says Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron.

He has also called on both South Lakeland and Eden district councils to list community pubs as 'community assets', a move which could help safeguard their future.

The MP spoke out after signing a parliamentary motion backing community pubs and asking the Government to promorte the take-up of rural rate relief for pubs.

He said: "In many villages throughout Cumbria the pub is the hub of community life. Many of them have struggled in the last few years because of high duty and lots of red tape. I hope that we convince the Government to support the British Beer and Pub Association and CAMRA's Better Rates for Pubs campaign to extend small business rate relief for pubs beyond April 2014.

“But locally we could look to bring back services to villages by working together – bringing the post office, councils and residents together. If we can bring more services like post offices, shops and internet cafes into pubs we can bring community facilities back and help give local pubs a sustainable future.”

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9:28pm Mon 4 Nov 13

craggy says...

What Tim really really needs is a senior member of a coalition party on his team to help him in his quest to get things done. Hang on a minute.......
What Tim really really needs is a senior member of a coalition party on his team to help him in his quest to get things done. Hang on a minute....... craggy
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5:38pm Thu 7 Nov 13

jazzactivist says...

It's a good idea though. I'm not sure what TF means by "community pub" though. Does he mean privately run pubs, or pubs that have been bought out and rejuvenated by the local community? Pubs do need to diversify into other services if they are to keep going. No one much is interested in going out for the evening just to drink and chat any more, but a pub should be a hub for the local adult community and rate relief might help.
It's a good idea though. I'm not sure what TF means by "community pub" though. Does he mean privately run pubs, or pubs that have been bought out and rejuvenated by the local community? Pubs do need to diversify into other services if they are to keep going. No one much is interested in going out for the evening just to drink and chat any more, but a pub should be a hub for the local adult community and rate relief might help. jazzactivist
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