Community fights to save threatened Rodley pub

By Emma Wilkinson and Sallie Gregson 

A campaign’s been launched to save a Leeds pub under threat of closure.

Two weeks ago, Gina Howard, landlady of The Owl in Rodley, announced on the pub website that she would be saying good bye to the community she has served for the past six years.

Gina claimed she no could no longer afford to run the pub due to rising costs imposed by the building owners, Enterprise Inns.

But the pub has long been a popular haunt with locals and community groups who are behind a campaign to keep it running.

Enterprise Inns have not responded to Leeds Northern’s requests for a comment.

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4 Responses to Community fights to save threatened Rodley pub

  1. Owl Regular says:

    The Owl is a fantastic local pub, Gina has worked so hard to turn it into place where the whole of the community can get together. Rodley would be lost without her for so many reasons but the main one is the lovely welcome she gives ever person who walks through the door.

    I truly hope that this can be resolved and she can continue to support the residents of Rodley and the surrounding area.

  2. Jack says:

    Can’t believe that such a great local pub can possibly be closed. This will rip the heart out of the community. Sadly it seems that the Owl is not the only pub under threat. Keep up the fight!

  3. QuizFan says:

    The Owl is the most welcoming pub and it’s all down to Gina and her team. I can’t imagine what Rodley will be like if it closes. It’s a real community pub and well used by community groups and locals alike. I sincerely hope a solution can be found.

  4. Pingback: Lifeline for Rodley pub thanks to tireless campaign from locals | Leeds Northern & Voice

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