Following the Council’s refusal of applications to register Trent Park Campus and Green Dragon Pub as assets of community value (ACV), House of Commons Library research has revealed that Enfield Council is out of step with the growing trend to register ACVs.
On Wednesday 13th May, David attended a demonstration outside Enfield Civic Centre, calling on Enfield Council to register the pub as an ACV.
Enfield Council has sought to deflect criticism for refusing the ACVs by blaming the inadequacy of legislation, but the independent House of Commons Library has stated that since 2012, more than 1,800 assets have been listed as ACVs and The Campaign for Real Ale confirmed that 31% of these have been pubs.
It was in 2012 that the Department for Local Government and Communities (DCLG) introduced new measures to support the campaigns of local people who do not own the site that they wish to register as a community asset but are nonetheless concerned to secure its future.
However, the following link demonstrates that Enfield Council have not listed any sites as community assets for the last five years.
With the DCLG’s increased support for ACVs and the fact that listing a pub is the most commonly successful application, it seems that there is more to inadequate legislation as to why the Green Dragon Pub ACV was refused.
David said: “Enfield Council is clearly out of step with the national trend to register ACVs with almost a third being local pubs. It is also out of step with community concerns about Trent Park and Green Dragon Pub”.
David added “It is odd and very concerning that the Council has dismissed the idea of a viable pub when we have seen both the former Willow Pub at end of Winchmore Hill Road and The Cock Inn in Cockfosters re-open as pubs”.