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Campaigners in Weston-super-Mare recognised for saving their local in new CAMRA award

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For Immediate Release: 27th November 2016

 

Campaigners in Weston-super-Mare recognised for saving their local in new CAMRA award

 

Campaigners in Weston-super-Mare who have been fighting to save their local from closure have become finalists in the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) first ever Pub Saving Award.

 

The Bristol House Inn, which has been part of the local community since the 1930s, closed in 2012 and was set to reopen as a Tesco Express. It was saved by the local community through a flurry of over 160 letters of objection along with a 3,000+ signature petition. The campaign group managed to secure an ‘Asset of Community Value' (ACV) listing for the pub and gained a great deal of coverage in the media for their efforts, finally rejoicing when Tesco backed away from the sale.

 

More recently, the Co-operative Group applied for planning permission to convert the pub to a convenience store. The campaign group sprang back into action, organising objections by local people to the proposals. These objections were successful as the Council refused permission for the conversion.

 

The Pub Saving Award was launched by CAMRA this year to recognise communities who have successfully rescued local pubs from closure. The Save the Bristol House Inn campaign will be presented with an award on Tuesday the 29th November at 7:45 pm at an event open to the media.

 

Peter Bridle from Bristol & District CAMRA said: "This accolade is very well deserved. The local community, who want to see their local pub remain their local pub, have done a fantastic job in seeing off Tesco who made repeated attempts to convert the pub into a store. This involved endless lobbying of the local MP, councillors, planning officials and not least, Tesco themselves. Having seen off the retail giant, the Co-op then come along and, totally ignoring the events of the recent past, attempt to do exactly what Tesco did by taking a local pub away from its community."

 

He adds: "It is equally disappointing that Enterprise Inns, the pub owners, seem so determined to close the pub. This pub chain has closed many pubs in recent years, depriving communities of places to relax and socialise. We urge Enterprise Inns to think again, invest in the pub and save it for the community. Also, we would urge Co-op to look elsewhere if they want to open a store."

 

The ‘Save the Drovers' campaign in Dorset took the crown this year and it will be awarded at a presentation event on the 27th November at 4:30 pm. The Centurion pub in Vicars Cross, Chester was also a finalist in the competition, and will be presented with their award on the 10th December at 8 pm.

 

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For more details contact:

CAMRA Press Office:

press@camra.org.uk

01727 337863

 

Bristol House Inn Group

131-135 Milton Rd, Avon, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2UY

https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheBristolHouseInnWestonSuperMare/

Primary Contact: Pete Bridle, pete pbridle@blueyonder.co.uk  

Presentation Event: 29th November at 7:45 pm

 

The Drovers Inn

Gussage, All Saints, Wimborne BH21 5ET

http://www.droversinngussage.com/

Primary Contact: Sally Marlow – 01258 840 531 / sally.marlow@btconnect.com

Presentation event: 27th November at 4:30 pm

 

The Centurion

1 Oldfield Dr, Chester CH3 5LN

http://www.centurionpub.co.uk

Primary Contact: keithporter.chestercamra@gmail.com

Presentation event: 10th December at 8 pm

 


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