Campaigners today called for increased legal protections for Leeds’s cherished pubs.
The drive comes after one market town succeeded in getting Leeds City Council to list ALL of its 19 pubs as valuable community assets - meaning the buildings can’t be redeveloped without the community having a final say.
The move in Otley - a UK first - has led to calls for similar protections to be extended to cherished public houses across the city.
Greg Mulholland, who chairs a parliamentary Save the Pub group and spearheaded the Otley campaign, said: “I do hope that now other areas will start to list their pubs and that it will certainly be rolled out to all the valued pubs in Leeds.
“Pubs play a very important part in community life and I think it is wrong that wanted and viable pubs can be closed simply for profit when they serve both the local economy and the community.”
David Herbert, manager of Leeds’s oldest pub Whitelock’s - which was founded 300 years ago this year - said: “In the last few years pubs have struggled to stay open. It would of course be beneficial for a number of community pubs to have that protection. I’m definitely for an expansion citywide.”