Caption: (from left to right) Charles Brain, representative of SA Brain, Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Andrew Parker, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Building Services, Jane Hutt, Welsh Assembly Member for the Vale of Glamorgan, Cllr Pam Drake, Vale of Glamorgan Council representative for Castleland, Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Newydd Housing, and Derek Britton of the Castle View Hub Group.
New plans have been announced to retain the Castle Hotel as a community pub, as part of a deal between S.A. Brain and Newydd Housing Association. Although at an early stage, the community managed pub, will offer a warm welcome to the people of Castleland and Barry, offering good food and drink.
Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said, “A good pub is at the heart of a thriving community and this initiative will offer the people of Castleland the opportunity to play a major part in how their local is run. It can be the base for a range of activities taking place in the area, while the creation of affordable homes will provide people struggling to get on the property ladder with the chance to take that step.”
Derek Britton from the Castleview Hub group said, “Barry has a thriving skittles scene and this project will also help to keep that tradition going.”
Newydd Housing Association plan to build 14 high quality affordable homes for local people above the community pub as part of a deal to also acquire the Sea View Labour Club from S.A. Brain.
Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Newydd added, “We’re very excited about the prospect of this new venture. Not only will it provide affordable homes for local people, but the pub will also make a positive contribution to the community and their social lives.”
The Vale Council’s Economic Development Team has enlisted the support of Binki Rees, who turned around the Lansdowne Pub in Canton into the CAMRA Real Ale Pub of the Year. Binki commented, “We want to hear from the people of Castleland and further afield in Barry about what they would like to see in the pub. What kind of food do you like? What is your favourite real ale? Could we offer space for your community group? Based on my experience, input from local people into how this pub develops is going to be crucial if it is to succeed as a pub at the heart of this vibrant community.”
The community pub concept has been supported by Jane Hutt AM, who said of the proposed scheme, “I have been supporting the Castleview Hub group on this important project-preserving the future of the Castle Hotel and activities of the Seaview Labour Club. I am delighted that it is moving forward so positively and bringing the community together.”
Those involved in developing the project, along with partners such as the Youth Service and South Wales Police will be supporting a community open day on 17th February 2018 between 12.00pm and 3.00pm. There will be free family activities and refreshments available on the day, and the chance to tour the building, play some skittles and give your ideas on what your perfect pub looks like.”