Monday, 30 September 2013

Swavesey Pub Confirmed As Community Asset

The last remaining pub in Swavesey has been added to a list of ‘assets’ to make sure local community groups have a realistic chance of buying it if it is put up for sale in the future.

The White Horse Inn on Market Street has been listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ on South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Community Right to Bid register after Swavesey Parish Council put forward the nomination.

The pub is currently trading and not up for sale, but if this happened in the future the Council must be notified so local groups can be given the option to put forward a bid.

Local groups would then be given six weeks to give notice of their intention to make a bid and they then have six months to get together finances to compete for the purchase.

A sale to a non-community group cannot be made until the six month period has passed.

Following the six month period the owner does not have to sell to the community group who must compete on the open market but by listing the asset they have time to have a realistic chance of being successful.

Buildings such as pubs and community halls, as well as areas of a village that residents have access to such as recreation grounds, can be nominated by a parish council, local community group or charity. Privately owned land that cannot be accessed by the public or services such a playgroups cannot be listed.

Swavesey has around 2,500 residents and the Grade II listed pub serves drink and food, has a garden and a children’s play area, a function room to the back of the pub which is used for private parties, village club events and community functions.

The freehold owners of the pub are Enterprise Inns PLC and it is leased and managed by a landlord.

Details of the Right to Bid process and assets listed on the register in South Cambridgeshire can be found by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/content/community-right-bid

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “Buildings where communities can get together are the heart and soul of villages and this register is aimed at giving local groups the time needed for the business plan and financing to be organised to support a community bid. We are always happy to discuss possible nominations with local parish councils and community groups but it is important to remember that services provided in buildings or private pieces of land that the public have no access to can not be put forward.”

Cllr Sue Ellington, local member for Swavesey on South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We have seen the number of pubs in the village dwindle over the years and this nomination could help safeguard the White Horse’s future. We need to ensure the survival of our community assets as this is places where people can meet and have a drink in good company"