Plaid councillor’s fears over future of local pub

27/03/2017

Plaid Cymru councillor Steve Skivens is worried about the future of  the Angel Inn in Hendredenny, Caerphilly.

Steve Skivens, who represents Penyrheol on Caerphilly council said: “It appears the pub has been sold ahead of an auction and local people are fuming.   I’ve heard it may have been bought by a builder.

“Several pubs have closed or are looking for new managers in the area. We can’t afford to lose another pub which is a hub for the community.

“It’s not just about going for a drink. It’s where groups form, a meeting place, an escape for an hour or two: a  place to meet colleagues, friends, family or a new acquaintance.

“In a community where leisure facilities are being trimmed the loss of a pub on the edge of several housing estates would be a real shame.

“When the pool team, darts team, guitar club, shooting club and work groups drift off they will disappear. Our community will be a poorer place.

“Contrast that with the situation in Dolgellau in north Wales. Active pubs lead to active community, choirs, church groups, art and poetry groups, dart teams, running clubs and pool teams all collect and use the pubs as a headquarters,” added Steve Skivens.