Rhys, local Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Rhondda standing for election in the Welsh Assembly has pledged their support for pub-goers and beer drinkers by backing CAMRA’s Manifesto for Wales.
CAMRA’s manifesto calls for greater protection for valued community pubs by introducing a bespoke Welsh solution to protect community assets in Wales. Local residents across England have the right to nominated ‘Assets of Community Value’ (ACVs) in their community, which has saved numerous pubs from re-development into supermarkets and housing estates. Election candidates have been asked to back similar legislation in Wales which goes even further to support local pubs.
Rhys added: “I am proud to be speaking up for pubs and real ale. Well-run community pubs play a crucial role in local life and can have a huge impact on people’s happiness and social inclusion. If elected, I will continue to show my support in the Assembly.”
Ian Saunders, CAMRA Regional Director for Wales, says: “We are delighted that Rhys has pledged their support for local pubs and brewers. Eleven pubs are closing every month across Wales due to gaps in planning laws, which leave them particularly vulnerable to demolition or conversion to other uses.
Pubs are more than just businesses, in many cases they are the heart of our communities and bring people together. CAMRA would like to see more support given to local people so that they have the chance to stop a much-loved pub from being demolished without any input from the community.”
CAMRA has been campaigning for 40 years in Wales for quality real ale, community pubs and the rights of pub-goers and real ale drinkers. CAMRA is consumer group with 5,000 members in Wales and acts as the independent voice for real ale drinkers and pub goers.
To read CAMRA’s Manifesto for Wales please visit www.camra.org.uk/campaigningwales