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Residents come together to reopen the Bevy in Brighton

By Gurjit Degun , 05-Dec-2012
Last updated on 05-Dec-2012 at 09:11 GMT2012-12-05T09:11:02Z

The Bevy: residents make plans for the site

The Bevy: residents make plans for the site

A group of residents in East Sussex is looking to raise £200,000 to re-open a pub that has been closed for two years, by asking locals to buy shares in the site.

The co-operative wants to re-open the Bevendean in Brighton and is offering shares from as little as £10. The pub, known as the Bevy, has been leased to the group by East Brighton Trust on a 10-year lease, rent-free for the first two years.

The community group plans to offer real ale and locally-sourced food, as well as a café, meeting room and community kitchen. It  aims to eventually produce its own electricity.

It enlisted the help of the Co-operative Enterprise Hub — funded by the Co-operative Group. It has pledged a further £5m over the next three years (2013 to 2015) to the hub.

Warren Carter, a member of the newly-formed co-operative, said: “It will be so much more than just a pub, it will be a village hall with a difference in an area that is in desperate need of somewhere for people to meet.

“We want to create a unique asset and help to make the area a more vibrant, thriving and sustainable place to live.

“Although the investment could provide a return, we want people to view it mainly as a social investment.”

The Co-operative Enterprise Hub’s head of community and co-operative investment Michael Fairclough said: “A well-run pub is an important part of the social fabric of a community.

“Enterprises such as this — operated by a general public increasingly concerned about accountability, transparency and sustainability — are showing how, by working together, communities can tackle some of the unprecedented challenges facing our society, environment and economy.”

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