AN EMLEY pub closes its doors today marking the end of an era.
The Green Dragon Inn on Church Street has been up for sale for some time.
But its sudden closure has shocked the community, which says it had no idea it was facing the axe.
Enterprise Inns – which owns the Green Dragon – today confirmed the pub was closing its doors and the building was ‘up for disposal’.
But the chain would not comment on any future plans for the site.
An Emley man who did not wish to be named, said the closure was bad news for the village.
He said: “The loss of the pub will be a disaster.
“The pub has been for sale for a while, though the tenants apparently knew nothing of what was going on – at the start any rate.
“All of a sudden, the sold sign is up and it is closing with virtually no notice even given to regular customers.
“Apparently the site is going to be used for six houses.
“The sale might be understandable if there were no tenants and the pub wasn’t running, but there are and it is.
“It just looks like profiteering and sod the villagers.”
Emley parish councillor Nick Wilson was also unaware of the pub’s plans to close.
He said: “It is a shame. It was a nice little pub, but I suppose things shut for a reason.
“I knew nothing about it. I had seen the for sale sign up but that was all I’d heard.”
The closure of the Green Dragon comes after the Examiner’s Death of the Local series featured dozens of other Huddersfield pubs that have been forced to close this year.
Many landlords have blamed rising costs for their decision to call time.
The closure of the Green Dragon leaves just one pub – the White Horse – remaining in the village of Emley.