Chalfont St Giles Parish Council - Survey Regarding Assets of Community Value

There is currently great concern regarding the impact that Covid-19 will have on our pubs. Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown measures have had a drastic impact on the hospitality sector and, in particular, pubs. The heritage and character of the Chilterns is being lost as pub companies can make much greater profits by converting pubs into houses. It is likely that this process will now accelerate and that local authorities will see a significant increase in planning applications seeking to convert pubs to residential use.

Chalfont St Giles recently experienced the loss of Milton's Head by fire, however the pub was not replaced, instead the site was converted into flats. At the time, many residents of the village signed a petition to retain the site as a public house, so the Parish Council are aware that there is strong feeling regarding this issue.

In order to allow communities to influence this process, pubs can be listed as “Assets of Community Value” (ACV). An ACV delays the sale of a pub by 6 months to allow time for the local community to act. Experience has also shown that if a pub is earmarked in this way, it can act as a deterrent to a developer intending to buy the pub and convert it for residential use.

The Parish Council have identified the five public houses in the Parish as possible candidates for ACV. These are:

Merlin’s Cave, The Green

The Feathers, High Street

The Fox and Hounds, Silver Hill

White Hart, Three Households

The Ivy House, London Road

The Parish Council would like to know whether you want these pubs to be registered as Assets of Community Value? How do you use these pubs; to drink, to eat, to socialise, to play games (darts etc). Does a group you belong to meet at the pub or use it after a game/event?

Please can you answer the following questions?

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* 1. Merlins Cave. Should this pub be listed as an ACV?

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* 2. Why do you think the Merlins Cave is a community asset? List the ways you use this pub currently or have used it in the past.

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* 3. The Feathers. Should this pub be listed as an ACV?

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* 4. Why do you think the Feathers is a community asset? List the ways you use this pub currently or have used it in the past.

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* 5. The Fox and Hounds. Should this pub be listed as an ACV?

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* 6. Why do you think the Fox and Hounds is a community asset? List the ways you use this pub currently or have used it in the past.

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* 7. The White Hart. Should this pub be listed as an ACV?

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* 8. Why do you think the White Hart is a community asset? List the ways you use this pub currently or have used it in the past.

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* 9. The Ivy House. Should this pub be listed as and ACV?

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* 10. Why do you think the Ivy House is a community asset? List the ways you use this pub currently or have used it in the past.

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* 11. Would you be interested in helping to save these pubs should they come up for sale. If yes, please add your contact details to the comments box below.

Thank you for taking part in this survey. The Parish Council will take these comments into consideration when deciding whether to register these pubs as assets of comunity value. We will publicise the decision in social media, the village newsletter and on our web site.
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