Lib Dems call for rethink on University Arms decision

The Sheffield Liberal Democrats are to ‘call in’ the Council’s decision to reject the application for Asset of Community Value status (ACV) for the University Arms.

The Liberal Democrats ran a successful campaign with wide support from the community to save the University Arms back in 2014.

As a result of the call in, the decision will be scrutinised by the Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Board on the 20th October and will give the Labour Council an opportunity to rethink their decision.

Sheffield’s ruling Labour group just last month said that they would look at implementing an ‘Article 4 Direction’ to protect a number of Sheffield’s best loved and historical pubs from development following a proposal by the Liberal Democrat group.

In April this year, The University of Sheffield alongside Sheffield City Region published a report about Sheffield’s beer scene and advised that Sheffield should ‘shout about its beer brilliance’ to encourage more tourism to the city, now the University and the Council are missing an opportunity to save one of Sheffield’s well-loved community pubs.

Councillor Adam Hanrahan, Lib Dem Councillor for Crookes and University of Sheffield student said

“Sheffield is well known worldwide and well-loved for its outstanding beer and pub scene and it’s well evidenced that Sheffield’s community pubs bring a huge social and economic benefit to our city. Sheffield’s Labour run Council say that they want to work with communities protect our community pubs but their actions show otherwise. Whilst they’ve accepted 10 nominations for ACVs they’ve rejected 13.

“A lot of the Council’s reasons for rejecting the application, such as their being no evidence the pub is well used or appreciated by the community is just plain wrong. I hope that the Labour group will reconsider and protect this asset from potential development.”

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