WORCESTER’S MP has launched a new campaign to protect pubs in the city.
Robin Walker launched the ‘List Your Local’ last Tuesday (February 25) when he attended a reception in Parliament, hosted by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
It provides the community with the option to list pubs as an ‘asset of community value’, meaning even if the owner decides to sell it in the future, locals have to be given six months to try and preserve it before it is sold.
It requires 21 local electors to sign up to get their premises listed.
During the event, Mr Walker received a certificate from CAMRA and was named ‘Beer Champion’ for the work he has done campaigning for pubs to remain part of the community and for Government to freeze the ‘beer duty escalator’.
“The British pub is an important national institution which holds a special place in our communities as a place to meet, watch sport and provide a significant contribution to our local economy,” he said.
“In the aftermath of the recent flooding, I commend the resilience of riverside pubs, such as the Old Rectifying House, which I was delighted to see has recently reopened.
“This only goes to show that Worcester is ‘open for business’ and I look forward to visiting both there and the other pubs in my constituency over the forthcoming year.”