Villagers are pulling out the stops to protect a much-loved community pub for future generations.
Residents in Thorner have nominated The Fox Inn to be added to a list of community assets to secure its future in the north Leeds village.
The community would be given the first refusal to buy and run the public house, on Main Street, if it was ever put up for sale.
The Community Right to Bid, which is part of the Localism Act, allows residents to list important assets in the heart of the community such as libraries, pubs and leisure centres.
Thorner Parish Council spearheaded the move to add the pub to the list.
They claim that “the property is a well used and much loved local pub which is a hub of the local community”.
Now officers at Leeds City Council look set to give the decision the green light.
City councillor Ann Castle praised the move and said that the listing could protect the pub for the community for future generations.
Coun Castle (Cons, Harewood) said: “I hope that the listing of the Fox Inn will help to protect this pub for the community for the future.
“The pub hosts a variety of regular events for the community such as the pub quiz and the annual sloe gin competition.
“I’m delighted that it will now have some measure of protection.”
Coun Robinson (Cons, Harewood) added: “This pub is at the heart of the village and is a tremendous asset to the local community.
“It deserves to be protected so that it can continue to serve the local area.”
The pub has recently undergone a £130,000 refurbishment.