A VILLAGE has been left without a pub in the latest spate of closures.
Taylor Hill is now high and dry after the recent closure of The Bluebell.
The Bluebell, on Close Hill Lane, was the last remaining pub in the village after The British Oak shut around five years ago.
Now drinkers must travel to neighbouring villages of Berry Brow or Newsome for a drink.
The closure comes as the GMB union called on pub companies (pubcos) to give landlords a better deal.
A study by the GMB released last week found 74 pubs belonging to “pubcos” in West Yorkshire – 129 closed in Yorkshire – since December 2005.
The union is urging the Government to stop pubcos charging landlords up to 80% over the wholesale price of a pint of beer.
GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: “An unintended consequence of legislation to loosen the tie between breweries and pubs to free up the market for the benefit of consumers has been the growth in pubcos who are operating as a cartel industry.
“These pubcos, which own 25,000 pubs, are piled up with billions of pounds worth of debt. They are overcharging pubs by up to 80p a pint to the interest charges.
“It is this overcharging which is killing the pubs and driving them out of business.”
The Bluebell opened in 1986 in the Georgian building which was formerly Taylor Hill WMC following a £100,000 revamp.
In 1989 the pub was taken over by the youngest landlord in the area, 22-year-old Marc Green.
Newsome councillor Julie Stewart-Turner lives a short walk from The Bluebell.
Clr Stewart-Turner said: “It had so many landlords and over the years nobody has been able to make a go of it.
“It would be really good for the community to have a nice neighbourhood pub because they bring people together.
“Everybody is struggling to make a profit and there’s so many silly costs for landlords to pay.
“People are buying alcohol so much cheaper in supermarkets but it’s not just about drinking it’s about being part of the community.”