It isn’t something that is imposed from the outside. It has its roots within the community, and binds people together in a way that few other things are able to do. It is a way of securing and preserving something precious; a place where people can share their joys and sorrows, celebrate and commiserate, or just pass the time of day in what is truly their own pub.
At Plunkett we advocate the co-operative approach. A co-operative pub is owned and controlled by a large number of people from within the community – typically around 200 people. Pubs saved in this way are governed democratically on the basis that each member gets one vote, regardless of how much money they invested. In our view this is important, because we know that most communities are made up of people with very mixed incomes, and the co-operative model makes sure that everybody has the opportunity to have a say about what’s important to them.