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The Bethel nominated to be registered as asset of community

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A CHEADLE building has been nominated to be registered as asset of community value.

Proposals have been submitted for The Bethel in Tape Street to be registered under the new Localism Bill by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

The Bethel submission has been put forward by the New Life Centre, a registered charity.

The Community Right to Bid part of the Localism Act allows communities to ask councils to register buildings and land that plays an important part in community life.

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Once a building has been successfully registered an owner deciding to sell the building must first inform the council and then hold off a sale for six weeks to allow the parish council or local community groups to decide if they would like to buy the property.

If the local community does want to bid to purchase the building then the owner is required to suspend the sale for a period of six months - which allows the community the opportunity to raise money to make a purchase.

However, the owner does not have to sell to the community group even if they meet the asking price.

Councillor Gill Burton, who has the responsibility for communities at the district council will now decide under delegated powers if the application is approved.

Last October Mrs Burton gave the go-ahead for The Blacksmiths Arms in Kingsley Holt and the Holy Bush Inn at Brown Edge to be registered as an asset of community value.

Mrs Burton said: "I am very pleased to receive the nomination which has come from a public organisation.

"It will now be looked at and a decision on the registration will be made very shortly."

Cheadle district and town councillor, Ron Locker, said it was an excellent idea to have The Bethel registered.

He said: "The Bethel is a beautiful building and is one of the nicest in the town. It is an excellent idea to get it registered and will help to protect it.

"The building is now used by various groups in the town and is disabled friendly. The Cheadle branch of the Staffordshire Moorlands Cancer Support Group was one of the first to use it for their monthly meetings.

"We are short of these kind of facilities as we have lost a lot of amenities in the town."

In a report to councillors, executive director and monitoring officer, Mark Trillo said: "Council officers have assessed that the criteria for listing have been met and recommend that The Bethel is listed as an Asset of Community Value."

However parish councillor at Kingsley, who supported the Blacksmith Arms proposal, decided not to go ahead with nominating The Sneyd Arms pub in Whiston as a asset of community value.

The pub, which has recently closed, is situated in the centre of the community.

Speaking at last week's meeting of Kingsley Parish Council, district and parish councillor Elsie Fallows, said: "Whiston people have hardly used the facilities. I have received no complaints. People have just said it was a shame it has closed.

"Councillor Josie Clowes said: "This could be a B&B establishment. Someone has tried to get planning on the car park, but could not as a big stream runs under it."

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