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Welsh Assembly Debate highlights importance of Community Right to Bid

CAMRA's campaign to call for Community Right to Bid powers to be extended to Wales was highlighted during a Welsh Assembly debate on Wednesday.

Welsh Assembly members from all parties attended the debate to press the Welsh Government to introduce measures to help protect public houses across Wales.

Paul Davies AM who called the debate highlighted the "immense success" of CAMRA's List your Local campaign and urged the Government to enact the Community Right to Bid for Assets of Community Value in Wales.

He stated: "Well-run pubs play an invaluable role at the heart of our local communities, often providing a safe, regulated and sociable environment in which people can enjoy a drink responsibly and interact with people from different backgrounds".

He went on to highlight that despite the critical role pubs play in the Welsh community, locals "are currently under threat as never before".

He urged the Government to do "everything we can to support the pub industry in Wales, and that governments at all levels take appropriate action to help safeguard pubs as far as possible".

Other Members of the Welsh Assembly also echoed CAMRA's campaign that calls for more measures to help protect pubs. You can see quotes from the debate below. 

If you live in Wales, please join our campaign and lobby your AM to write to Minister Carl Sargeant AM requesting the Welsh Assembly extends the Community Right to Bid to Wales 

The importance of CAMRA's campaign calling for pub company reform was also raised, as Mike Hedges AM claimed that the current model is "certainly not something that is going to make pubs successful".

You can view the debate in full here 

Other Key Quotes from the Debate

Janet Finch- Saunders [Conservative, Aberconwy]: "[The Community Right to Bid] is about putting back power, putting back choice and putting back the chance for those wanting to do so to save their own local pub".

Mohammad Asghar [Conservative, South Wales East]: ""It is true that the pub plays a vital role in local communities as a centre for economic, social and cultural life".

Rhun ap Iorwerth [Plaid Cymru, Ynys Môn]: "Three pubs close every week in Wales, which is an issue that the Minister should urgently look at".

William Powell [Welsh Liberal Democrats, Mid & West Wales]: "In rural areas especially, the local pub is an important social centre and a meeting point for residents in villages across Wales. Community-owned pubs in particular have the potential to become far more than this".

Mike Hedges [Welsh Labour Party, Swansea East]: "We need to rebalance the current unfair relationship between the giant property companies and their licensees. This could potentially save each pub business tens of thousands of pounds every year".