This afternoon, MPs will debate pub closures, and what can be done to keep them open. This debate topic has been chosen by the Opposition. One option available to campaigners, such as Save The Red Lion Campaign, is to make use of "community rights" legislation, which came into force in 2012 within the Localism Act. The Campaign did this which led East Devon District Council listing the Red Lion as an Asset of Community Value.
To coincide with the debate today in parliament the BBC has produced a short film in Communities Minister Stephen Williams explains how the use of the legislation works for the benefit of local communities as he looks at sites in Oxfordshire in his personal film. It is well worth watching and is only 3 minutes long.