A COMMUNITY campaign to take over a village pub is gathering momentum.
Residents in Holywell Green braved the biting cold at the weekend to gauge interest in their plans for the Holy Well Inn.
And the response was heartening.
The developer who wanted to turn the former pub into apartments has withdrawn an appeal after Calderdale Council rejected two applications for the Holy Well Inn, at Stainland Road, Holywell Green.
Mr Chris Gale, managing director of CBM Construction, told the Examiner: “I still own the property. I just need to take legal advice and know what’s what.
“I am taking legal advice and that’s where I am – I haven’t got any further plans.”
Now villagers hope they can move ahead with their own plans.
John Walsh, a spokesman for the residents, said: “We need to gauge the reaction of people in the village to running it as a community pub, and it certainly looks promising.
“We want to know how everyone feels, not just a group of hardened drinkers.
“There are 289 community pubs in this country now and they, along with community shops, seem to be thriving. The community seems to get behind these ventures.
“We are not looking at this naively. We know the risks in trying to run a pub. But the state of the industry means pubs are being sold at low prices and we think we could get support for a community pub.
“We spent the weekend out in the car park asking people for their opinions and we got a good number behind the idea.”