Pub company loses review into ACV listing

By Emily Sutherland

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The Camden pub was deemed a hub for the community
The Camden pub was deemed a hub for the community

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Pub company Faucet Inn has lost a review into whether to uphold the Dartmouth Arms listing as an asset of community value.

The Camden-based-pub, which is currently closed, will remain listed as an ACV after it was deemed ‘a local hub for events and activities that furthered social well-being of the community.’

Review officer and borough solicitor Andrew Maughan quashed the company’s argument that it had not been proved that community activities would start again at the pub in the next five years, one of the conditions of a successful ACV listing. In a document submitted to the council, Maughan said: “The owners have publically said the pub’s closure is temporary and activities at the pub are part of their strategy to increase trade.

“No evidence was part forward by the owners that would throw doubt on the original decision, so it must be realistic to conclude future community use is likely.”

The Dartmouth Arms annual street party was singled out as being of particular benefit to the community.

Local councillor for Highgate Oliver Lewis told the Publican’s Morning Advertiser​: “The Dartmouth Arms is proper local boozer that is right at the heart of the community. We cherish the place and we’re delighted the ACV has been upheld. It sounds out a strong message that community action and pressure can work.”

Faucet Inn will have option of appealing to a first-tier tribunal if they are unhappy with the local authority’s decision. They did not respond to the PMA’s​ request for comment.

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