Rallying call to help save pub


A public house facing the future as a residential building could be one step closer to being saved.

Central Beds Council has agreed to an application by the East Bedfordshire Campaign for Real Ale to award Asset of Community Value (ACV) status to the Red Lion pub in Potton.

The ACV application was put in last October, when popular former publican Les Ivall collected signatures for a petition in Potton.

Les was previously the landlord of the John O’Gaunt in Sutton, but now lives 
in Potton.

However, the pub’s future is far from assured, with Central Beds Council’s Development Management Committee due to meet on January 14 to consider a planning application to turn the building in to a house.

The application, which was opposed by Potton Town Council, has been recommended for approval.

Les said: “The Red Lion was a very popular pub under Tom, the former landlord and hosted three regular music nights. If we lose this pub, the west side of Potton will be without a pub. I hope people will come to the meeting and express their support for the pub.”

The East Bedfordshire CAMRA group highlighted how the Fox & Duck in Stotfold recently re-opened as a pub after 20 months of being closed before a property developer sold it back to a pub group.

The meeting takes place at Priory House, Chicksands at 10am on January 14.