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ACV protection for pubs

December 11, 2016

When an owner of an ACV wants to sell the property, they are required to notify the Council of their intention.

This triggers the first of three moratorium periods, the ’initial’ period, lasting 6 weeks to allow for a community group to register its interest to be treated as a potential bidder. If a community group comes forward in this time, the moratorium period is extended to six months (known as the ‘full’ moratorium) to allow for the group to raise the funds and submit a bid to the owner. During both the ‘initial’ and the ‘full’ moratorium period the owner is not permitted to sell to anyone other than the community group, although they are under no obligation to accept a bid from the community group.

At the end of the ‘initial’ period, if no community group has come forward or, on completion of the ‘protected’ period a community group has not made a successful bid, the final ‘protected’ moratorium period is activated extending the time to 18 months. During this time the owner can sell the property on the open market.

If at the end of the 18 month period no sale has taken place and the owner still wishes to dispose of the property then he must again inform the Council which triggers a fresh round of the moratorium periods.

The moratorium procedure is found here:

Localism Act 2011

Here are the rules on what qualifies as a community group:

Community group

Curing and smoking

Cider cured ham

July 2, 2016

This is a recipe to take a leg of pork and turn it into ham. The pork is taken from the back leg of the pig. There are three stages to producing ham: brining, boiling and baking. It is based on a recipe given to me by the gentleman who breeds pigs and sells half pigs to me. Continue Reading…

Hunting

Chuffed to bits with Corinium Rifle Range

June 26, 2016

Earlier this year I bought my first rifle. I mounted a scope on it and a very kind friend took me to Bisley for the morning to help me zero it. With a lot of patient supervision and some gentle intervention it was zeroed.

However, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t hit the same area of the target twice. Continue Reading…

Hunting

First steps in a stalking journey

April 30, 2016

The story begins in summer 2014. At that time I was a member of a small driven pheasant shoot. There was a struggle to grow sufficient cover crops to hold a season’s worth of birds as they were being eaten by fallow. The shoot then secured the stalking rights from the landowner.  Throughout the winter of 2014/2015 I accompanied the keeper on a number of trips to his high seats. There were fallow all around but I never saw the keeper fire a shot. Continue Reading…

Food

Breasting a duck

February 8, 2016

Recently I obtained 5 brace of wild duck from the gamekeeper on a local shoot.

10 brace of duck

Wild duck do not have the bulk of a farmed duck. There isn’t a awful lot of meat on them and so it’s easiest to breast them. Continue Reading…