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Currently the UK is losing 26 pubs every week.

Many of these are still viable businesses, but property developers can make a profit by converting them.

For example, the former Dalesway in Cross Hills is now a restaurant, and the Bridge Inn at Silsden is being converted to residential use. This can leave villages and communities without a pub.

Getting a pub listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) with the local council can make a difference in preventing pubs from closing. Owners cannot sell listed pubs without the community being informed, and if it does go up for sale, the listed status gives the power to postpone any sale for up to six months, allowing time for community groups to explore more options to save a valued local pub if it is for sale, with communities often raising the cash to purchase and re-open the pub themselves.

In February 2014, CAMRA announced 300 pubs had been listed as Assets of Community Value nationally. Pubs are now the most listed buildings in the UK, however none are listed with Bradford Council.

CAMRA is willing to support any group wanting to get their local pub listed as an ACV, and there is plenty of guidance on the internet.

The Willow Tree in Riddlesden is one community pub that was almost lost for good several years ago when a national pubco closed it and put it up for sale. Ron Beaumont, pub regular and CAMRA member, said: “For some time the pub was empty, and eventually it sold with a view to becoming a residential property. “Fortunately, and with the help of CAMRA, the planning application for change of use was rejected and the viability of the business was upheld.”

Two years ago, just reopening was an achievement, but since then, under the determined guidance of Charlotte and her partner, Sean, the Willow Tree has once again become a pub that values good beer and good company.

Ron added: “Since its new lease of life, the beer emphasis has steadily been geared towards local ales, and now there are always at least two cask ales from local breweries available.”

CAMRA celebrates community pubs during the month of April. Any pub can apply for a free promotional pack.

l This weekend is Bradford Beer Festival, being held in Victoria Hall, Saltaire, until Saturday.