We must save our pub

VIL­LAGERS AIM TO BUY LOCAL AND PUT THE ‘HEART’ BACK IN VIL­LAGE

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Brennan

CAM­PAIGN­ERS fight­ing to save their vil­lage pub have called an emer­gency meet­ing after a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged to turn it into a hol­i­day home.

Lo­cals fear that if granted the 19th cen­tury Gwynedd inn – which closed in April when the own­ers re­tired – could be lost to the com­mu­nity for ever.

It is feared that the for­mer Cross Foxes, in Garn­dol­ben­maen, near Porth­madog, could even be­come a hol­i­day home.

Ob­jec­tors now want to­day’s meet­ing to plan a ro­bust re­sponse to the ap­pli­ca­tion, which they say will be an­other death nail to vil­lage life.

Garn­dol­ben­maen, which sits on the edge of Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park, has already lost its shop and post of­fice and lo­cals have had to travel as far as Caernar­fon or Porth­madog for a so­cial night out.

Carol Mor­ris, 52, of the Friends of Garn group said: “We have called an emer­gency public meet­ing to dis­cuss dif­fer­ent ob­jec­tions to the change of use for the pub.

“Our pub has been shut for six months now and it re­ally has taken the heart out of the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve already lost our shop and post of­fice and there are a lot of peo­ple who have come to re­tire here be­cause we had those ameni­ties but now they’re gone peo­ple are very up­set.”

Mrs Mor­ris has pe­ti­tioned the Na­tional As­sem­bly to change the law on com­mu­nity as­sets in Wales so that the pub can’t be changed into any­thing other than for com­mu­nity use.

She added: “The ul­ti­mate aim is to buy the pub as a com­mu­nity as­set, build up trade and then ad­ver­tise for bilin­gual ten­ants. Some­thing needs to be done to stop our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties dy­ing. Peo­ple need to know ru­ral Wales is not for sale.”

Dol­ben­maen county coun­cil­lor, Stephen Church­man said he was un­able to com­ment on the plan­ning is­sue.

● The Cross Foxes in Garn­dol­ben­maen, Gwynedd, has been shut for six months. Res­i­dents hope to buy it and not see it turned into a hol­i­day home

● Carol Mor­ris thinks the vil­lage has already lost enough ameni­ties

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