Iver Parish achieves ‘Community Asset’ status for The Bull
Iver Parish Council has achieved Community Asset status for The Bull while it works to save the pub for the community.
The Bull Inn, on High Street, Iver, is now listed as a Community Asset, Iver Parish Council has announced. It follows in the footsteps of Reading where The Retreat recently became the first pub there to be made an ‘asset of community value’ (ACV), after Reading Borough Council accepted a bid put forward in December.
Iver Parish held an all day “drop-in” last Monday to gauge residents’ views as to how the pub could be run as a community facility. The intention is that the council will raise the funds to purchase the pub – which carries a “Cask Marque” accreditation.
The Localism Act 2011 provides for a scheme called ‘assets of community value’. Part of the Government’s community empowerment agenda, it requires a local council to maintain a list of ‘community assets’. Nominations for community assets can be made by parish councils or by groups with a connection with the community. If the nomination is accepted, the group will be given time to come up with a bid for the asset when it is sold.
The scheme was brought into effect on 21 September 2012.
Iver is already well versed in rescuing assets of value to the community, having previously stepped in to save its libraries – threatened with closure by a cost-cutting district council.
Meanwhile Colnbrook’s Red Lion appears to be permanently lost to the community.
The Colnbrook Community Association has established that while the threat of enforcement action has stopped the illegal works there, a Change of Use has already been agreed for the Grade II listed building.