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The Bowling GreenTrafford & Hulme CAMRA are pleased to report that Manchester City Council has added The Bowling Green, Brookburn Road, Chorlton to it's register of Assets of Community Value following an application by the Branch.

Chorlton has very many pubs and bars, but the granting of this application prooves that it is the very unique properties of each pub which matter. The Bowling Green very much serves its local community, whether it be for a good value wholesome meal, the use of their function room for meetings, parties and celebrations or the regular gathering of the community in the act of worship of Gaelic Football.

With the granting of ACV status, should the pubs owners put the building up for sale, the local community will have six weeks to decide whether they are interested in buying it followed by six months to raise funds. More significantly, the status also brings additional protection in planning law meaning any change of use from being a pub will require a full planning application. This will help prevent the pub going the same way as The Feathers (now Tescos) and The Southern Hotel (now a restaurant).

Manchester Council is currently considering another application to add the nearby Beech Inn to the ACV register while Trafford Council has been asked to consider Altrincham's Old Market Tavern as an community asset.

To find out more about Assets of Community Value and how you can help protect your local pub, see www.camra.org.uk/listyourlocal