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Boston pub is a community asset

A bid for the Napoleon pub in Fishtoft Road, Boston, to be declared a community asset has been successful.

The community group's bid to Boston Borough Council was successful after they explained that the pub had been a live music venue and local organisations met there including sports teams and charity groups.

The Napoleon is only the second property to be added to the community asset register, the other being The Wheatsheaf at Swineshead, which was nominated by Swineshead Parish Council.

The Localism Act allows community organisations a six-month opportunity to raise funds to buy registered community assets in the event of them being offered for sale.

A building or parcel of land can be deemed to be of community value if its current main use is in the social - cultural, recreational or sporting - or wellbeing interests of the community.

If a nominated property is added to the list of community assets the owner will be required to notify the council of any intention to sell. Qualifying community bodies will then have a six-week period to notify their intention to bid and then six months to raise the necessary funds.

During this time the owner cannot sell to other buyers.

However, at the end of the six-month period the owner can then sell, with no obligation to sell to the community group.