TWO Moorlands pubs have been registered as an asset of community value.
The Blacksmiths Arms in Kingsley Holt and the Holy Bush Inn at Brown Edge are the first to be registered under the new Localism Bill by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
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.
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, said she was very pleased to have received the nominations.
She said: "Many pubs have closed in the Moorlands. The two pubs are the first to be registered in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Pubs are a social meeting place and in some villages the only place.
"Many serve coffee and meals for tourists and members of the community.
"Both will now be on the register for five years."
In a report by the district council's executive director Dai Larner it said: "The council received the nomination from Action Blacksmiths, an unincorporated community organisation, requesting that the Blacksmiths Arms in Kingsley Holt should be listed as an Asset of Community Value on the community Right to Bid measure of the Localism bill.
"The council officers have assessed that the criteria for listing have been met and recommend that the pub is listed as an Asset of Community Value."
The nomination for the Holly Bush Inn to be listed has been made by Brown Edge Parish Council.
Mr Larner said in his report: "Accordingly council officers have assessed that the criteria for listing have been made and recommended that the Holly Bush is listed as an Asset of Community Value."