Flytipping shame as Leeds pub waits for a re-fit

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A PUB which has been closed and boarded up has become a ‘flytipping hot spot’, as it awaits a £1.6m refurbishment.

The Old Unicorn, in west Leeds, was closed on February 19, when Keighley brewer Timothy Taylor sold the building to the JD Wetherspoon pub chain.

The firm is awaiting planning permission as it wants to double the size of the orgiinal building. One resident said the premises at Stocks Hill, off Lower Town Street, Bramley, had become an eyesore adding: “It has become a fly-tipping hotspot. It is a shame.”

Councillor Ted Hanley, (Lab, Bramley and Stanningley) said: “I am disgusted with the state of this site at the moment. I have requested an urgent clean up of the site and hope this will be done in the next day or so.”

Councillor Caroline Gruen (Lab, Bramley and Stanningley) said: “I think it is a good thing that a reputable firm is refurbishing the premises. “The ward Councillors are keen to ensure that the views of the Bramley History Society and the local community are fully taken into account at the planning stage of this development.”

The popular pub chain and eaterie previously told the YEP that there was no planned opening date at present but it had applied for permission to redevelop the pub and double its size, spending £1.6m.

Eddie Gershon of Wetherspoon said: “Wetherspoon submitted planning application on April 1 and expect a decision shortly.

“We will look into the rubbish situation.

“Wetherspoon’s empty sites are inspected weekly.”

Timothy Taylor’s bought the Old Unicorn in 2006 from Musgrave & Sagar Ltd, a Leeds company founded in 1793.

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