The following article was originally written by Steve King and published in the July Edition of the Tollerton Village Newsletter.
The Future of the Air Hostess
On 15th May approximately 100 residents attended the Annual Parish Meeting (APM) at the Parish Rooms. They heard that Everards Brewery had informed Rushcliffe Borough Council on 15th April of their intention sell the Air Hostess, who in turn informed Everards that Tollerton Parish Council (TPC) had previously registered the pub as an Asset of Community Value. This means Everards have to negotiate with TPC with a view to selling the Air Hostess as a community pub to the village. Attendees voted to have TPC explore purchasing the pub for the village.
A steering group of volunteers consisting of approximately 20 (mainly) villagers, who signed up following the APM has been formed.
This is being written 1 month on from the APM and there have been 2 further meetings. The first saw the steering group being split into sub-groups to address aspects of Governance and Compliance, Communication and Marketing (C&M), Commercial and Business Planning, and Negotiation.
There are 900 homes in Tollerton and clearly news of the sale has not reached everyone. The second meeting (of the C&M sub-group) considered the process of communicating to residents via the Village Event, the Village newsletter, the parish council website and social media. Focus was primarily on the Village event which occured the following week, on June 6th. Further work needs to done to develop social media communication.
At the Village Event many heard for the first time of the possibility of purchasing the pub for the community and filled in the survey. My impression was of much support for retaining the pub for the village, many thought provoking suggestions and some generous offers of practical help, tempered with a curiosity regarding how it might be made to work. Initially there are other residents to inform and we need further views – the survey is included with this newsletter. If the pub is purchased for the village it will be yours and we really need to hear as many constructive suggestions about changes you would like to see, from as many of you as possible. Please return completed surveys to Parma at the Post Office by July 20th.
I intend writing small articles like this in the newsletter, over the upcoming months to keep you informed. As new means of communicating with residents are developed, I will point you to them from here, but in the meantime please check for further detail on the Parish Council website at http://www.tollertonparishcouncil.gov.uk/