New Localism Alliance launches to help protect local assets

Alliance represents over 200,000 individuals and nearly 10,000 grassroots organisations

A new alliance of national organisations aimed at raising awareness of community rights has been launched today.

Civic Voice, CAMRA, National Association of Local Councils, The Theatres Trust and Supporters Direct have announced an initial programme of events to promote greater uptake of rights established under the Localism Act 2011.

The alliance - who collectively represent over 200,000 individuals and nearly 10,000 grassroots organisations across England - will work together to help their members and communities embrace the powers available to them to protect local community assets.

Chairman of Civic Voice, Freddie Gick said; “We are delighted to be working with our alliance colleagues in holding a series of Spring Network meetings. We all share a core belief that communities should have the power to make the crucial decisions about what happens in their local area so these meetings will be a great step forward in that direction. These meetings will allow our members to share their experiences about what works in using the powers that are available to secure better protection for local assets, whether these are buildings, parks, theatres or other community facilities.”

Events will take place in Bristol, London and Wakefield and aim to provide groups with the knowledge and understanding of the different tools available to them through the Localism Act 2011. The events will include keynote speakers, workshops, case studies and opportunities for networking and discussion.

Chief Executive of CAMRA, Mike Benner said “Assets of community value are an effective means of galvanising support for valued local amenities, such as pubs. There are now over 300 pubs listed as assets of community value and we look forward to increasing this number and continuing to highlight just how important pubs are to communities. Asset of community value listings have helped several communities onto the road towards a community owned pub and helped other communities defeat planning applications that would have seen the pub lost forever.”
Chairman of NALC, Cllr Ken Browse said “Parish councils up and down the country are already using the new tools in the Localism Act to improve their areas. I want to see many more parish councils stepping up and taking advantage of these important new rights. I'm delighted to be working with our alliance partners to raise awareness of the community rights and our events will help parish councils and other groups to come together and learn how to enhance and protect those community assets that matter most to them.’

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Events will take place in

Bristol - March 29th
Wakefield - April 5th

London - April 17th

NOTES FOR EDITORS

• CAMRA represents 157,114 members across the world and 200 branches across the United Kingdom. More information at http://www.camra.org.uk
• Civic Voice represents 75,000 individual members affiliated to 275 civic groups across England. More information at http://www.civicvoice.org.uk
• Supporters Direct represents over 180 supporters trusts’ and similar organisations across Europe, with over 400,000 members. More information at http://www.supporters-direct.org
• The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) represents the interests of town and parish councils in England - a total of around 8,500 councils via 38 County Associations. More information at http://www.nalc.org.uk
• The Theatres Trust is the national advisory body for theatres responsible for promoting the better protection of over 1700 theatre buildings in England. The Theatres Trust also operates in Scotland and Wales. More information at http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk

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