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Punters given government cash to help them save their local pubs

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LOCALS are being handed government cash to help take over pubs in danger of closing.
Punters can bid for a share of a £150million rescue pot, in a scheme overseen by minister Michael Gove.
The Government is giving cash to punters to help them save their local pubs, in a scheme overseen by Michael Gove1The Government is giving cash to punters to help them save their local pubs, in a scheme overseen by Michael GoveCredit: PA:Press AssociationThey must be able to show losing the boozer would hit the community hard — and have a plan to turn it around.
Every pound the Government puts in will have to be matched by locals.
Six pubs have already been handed around £1.5million in all from the Community Ownership Fund — taking to 17 the total aided since the beginning of the year.
Levelling Up Secretary Mr Gove said: “The pub is woven into the fabric of Christmas tradition.
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“Sadly, too many are disappearing from our high streets, villages and town centres. But help is at hand.”
Venues to have benefitted so far include the 16th-century Hop Pole, in Limpley Stoke, Wilts, which is getting £300,000 to reopen.
Simon Coombe, of Save the Hop Pole campaign group, said: “It will provide a meeting point for parents. cultural groups and our vulnerable elderly population.”
The Black Horse in Melton Mowbray, Leics, qualifies for £245,000 while the Lochranza Hotel on the Isle of Arran will get £300,000.

There is no definitive list of what assets can be considered, and a snooker hall in Birmingham will be restored and a 180-year-old Welsh village shop rescued.
The latest round will see more than 30 pubs, clubs and theatres get £6.67million — taking the total handed out so far to £16.74million.
Mr Gove is determined to balance a spread of projects in rural and urban locations.
Levelling Up Minister Dehenna Davison said: “We’re putting beloved pubs, clubs and heritage sites into the hands of local people to ensure vital services are guaranteed for generations.”

Story Credit: thesun.co.uk

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