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Community micro pub scheme captures councillors' interest

Cheers!: The former Green Kleen's shop in Penistone has sparked interest as a potential venue for a community operated micro-pub.
Cheers!: The former Green Kleen's shop in Penistone has sparked interest as a potential venue for a community operated micro-pub.
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Volunteers hoping to launch a community based micro-pub in Penistone have failed in a bid to secure funding via the local authority, though councillors are maintaining a close interest in developments.

The Penistone Alehouse Project had made a request for more than £3,000 from Penistone Ward Alliance, which has a budget filtered down from Barnsley Council, to help set up the scheme, which would see premises taken over to provide a community operated bar which could also be used as a meeting place for other groups, fulfilling a community centre function.

Those behind the project have now been planning the venture for some time but have yet to secure premises, with two options including the old Greens Kleen premises in Shrewsbury Road and entering an agreement to use Penistone bowling club’s pavillion.

Penistone Area Council, which is made up of councillors who represent the area, have been told the ward alliance decided the project needed to be further advanced to be considered for funding and also questioned the suitability of what could be a commercial venture to qualify for financial help.

Area council members were given an update on progress by Coun Andrew Millner, who said: “The bowling club would be ideal because they rely on volunteers and it is not too far off the beaten track.

“They will not be creating a micro brewery, but potentially will be providing food and selling craft beer, craft cider and craft gin.”

One possibility for the area council to support the project in future would be through providing assistance to other groups which might use the premises when the bar side was not operating, as that is expected to be an evenings-only activity.

Coun Hannah Kitching said: “It strikes me as an interesting juxtaposition. They are almost two big projects in themselves.”