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Pub’s future is protected as it becomes official asset for Newborough

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

The Red Lion, in Newborough

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EFFORTS to preserve a village pub as a resource for the community have been successful, after it was placed on a list of protected assets.

Restrictions have now been placed on the Red Lion, in Newborough, to try to make sure the building cannot be changed into housing or a supermarket, if it is ever sold.

The move was requested by Newborough Parish Council, after people in the community became concerned when Marston’s decided to sell the venue to a private owner.

Council chairman Bethan Waite said: “We were concerned about the future of the pub if it was bought by the wrong people.

“We wanted it to be preserved as a public house for a whole raft of reasons.”

The pub is considered to a be a community hub for Newborough and the surrounding area, serving local groups, entertainment and the only social opportunity for those who do not want to leave the village.

“It is the only public location where parishioners can socialise together,” the councillor said.

The parking provided at the back of the pub is also a great asset to the village, she said.

According to gov.uk, a facility is considered to be an asset of community value when ‘its actual current use furthers the social wellbeing and interests of the local community, or a use in the recent past has done so.’

The new owners of the pub have decided to keep the business going, so the protection has not been necessary on this occasion.

However, now it has been registered, it means that members of the community will have some say over what happens to the building if it is sold in future.

“It hasn’t proved necessary at this stage, but it may in the future,” Councillor Waite told the Mail.

The bid to register the pub was made last year, and confirmed recently by the leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council.

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