West Midlands MEP James Carver has welcomed the news that an application has been made to turn the Hare & Hounds Public House, Wynall Lane, Wollescote into an Asset of Community Value.
The Hare & Hounds has been earmarked by its owners, New River Retail, to lose its car park in favour of a new Co-op convenience store.
Echoing moves made by the hitherto successful Seven Stars campaigners in Sedgley, the application is only the second to be made in Dudley Borough. If successful, it stops the owners of the pub from selling off or leasing long-term any part of the pub without first giving the locals a chance to purchase it themselves.
Landlord Lee Sargeant and his partner Wendy Wilde told how they had no trouble at all finding the 21 signatories required to submit the forms.
It also contained details of just how important the pub is to the local community, by providing a base for football, pool and darts teams. The rear function room is frequently booked for funerals and christenings, a side to the business which Lee says will disappear without the pub having a car park.
The form was then submitted by hand to Dudley Council House.
Local UKIP MEP James Carver said “I hope Dudley Council accept this application and realise also that this development not only threatens the pub, but also the livelihoods of several small shopkeepers.”
“We should be supporting our pubs and local businesses and enabling this thriving business to keep its car park is the only sensible move.”