Brandon Lewis – 2012 Comments on The Norton Pub in Essex

The comments made by Brandon Lewis, the then Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government, on 2 November 2012.

The Norton is not just a cracking pub, a lively atmosphere and vital local business but it is a true example of a resident run pub run that is now firmly in the hands of the whole community. I wish it every success.

The community of Cold Norton have shown just how determination and ambition can be used to safeguard treasured local facilities – not just so they can stay open, but so they can thrive and grow. It is exactly why we are pushing power away from Whitehall and into the hands of local people who know what they want for their area.