Local MP Norman Baker MP is backing a community action group who are looking at buying the recently closed Lamb Inn in Ripe.
The good village pub in Ripe has been for sale for some time. However earlier this year it was closed down for good by owner Shepherd Neame and boarded up.
Now a community action group has been formed with the aim of buying the crucial village amenity, and seeking members of the community to invest in the project.
Norman recently met with Caroline Adcock, Lib Dem Wealden District Council candidate for Ripe, and other community representatives to discuss their concerns and to hear more about the project.
Norman Said: “On average 31 pubs are closing a week. Pubs are the heart of so many rural communities
“As someone who has long campaigned for community ownership of local pubs, I was delighted to hear about the community action group and their fundraising effort to reopen the Lamb Inn and I will do anything I can in helping them to achieve this.”
Norman has been concerned about the high number of pub closures for some time and was recently awarded the prestigious “Parliamentary Beer Champion 2014 and 2015” award in recognition of his support for the brewing industry and local pubs.