Punters at The Strugglers Inn have got the popular Lincoln local registered as a community asset to help safeguard its future if it was ever put up for sale.
The pub in Westgate joins The Lawn complex on the City of Lincoln Council’s list of buildings or other land considered to be of importance to the community’s social well-being.
The listing, under the Localism Act 2011, provides the community with the power to “stop the clock” if the pub were put up for sale, earning up to six months to explore options for saving it.
The Strugglers was nominated by a group of 21 regular customers. The nomination highlighted the special kind of devotion that The Strugglers invokes among its regulars.
According the submission: “People often describe it as a proper pub, which means it not only provides what it is supposed to - good beer, company and a haven from life’s troubles - but it also has a hint of the way pubs used to be and an atmosphere which has disappeared in most other pubs.”
The Strugglers is not under threat of sale at the moment. However, high property prices mean that pubs are being targeted for conversion into supermarkets and housing developments.
Punch Taverns, the owner of The Strugglers, has disposed of over 1,100 non-core pubs since August 2011.
Aaron Joyce, chairman of Lincoln CAMRA, said: “We’re hoping that more groups will apply to have their local pubs listed as community assets.
“With pubs increasingly becoming a target for developers, this new power can provide a much-needed extra layer of protection, should they be put up for sale.”
Across the UK, over 270 pubs have now been listed as assets of community value.