Residents try to save Holywell watering hole

Holywell Green residents who are campaigning to keep The Holy Well Inn as a pub - there are plans to convert in to apartments.

Holywell Green residents who are campaigning to keep The Holy Well Inn as a pub - there are plans to convert in to apartments.

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Residents are joining forces in a bid to prevent the closure of their village pub.

The Holy Well Inn, at Holywell Green, has been a watering hole for the best part of 150 years.

Beverley Smith-Walsh is leading a campaign which she hopes will prevent it being converted into apartments.

“We have collected 150 signatures which we hope will save the last pub in our village,” she said.

The premises were put up for sale in early 2010 and are currently on the market for around £200,000.

A planning application to convert it into five one-bedroom apartments was turned down by Calderdale Council in March this year.

Planning officers were of the opinion that the applicant, Mr C. Gale, had failed to fully justify why the pub was no longer required. They also said an extension to the games room would be out of character and unduly conspicuous.

Mr Gale has put in an appeal to the planning inspectorate which will be determined by way of written statements.

Initially, marketing firm Ernest Wilson, said the inn had tremendous potential for use as a pub or restaurant because it is in a popular location.

“It ceased trading in early 2012 but could quite easily be reinvented under new management.”

The firm sent details to 761 potential buyers but only two showed interest and wanted to convert it for residential use.

“In my considered opinion and knowledge of the current market, I feel this property is no longer suitable for commercial use and any person attempting to re-establish a public house in this location would be doomed to fail,” said spokesman Jonathan Holmes.

The Holy Well Inn, at Station Road, Holywell Green, began life as the Waggon and Horses, probably because of its poisition half-way up the incline from West Vale. It later became the the Station Hotel, because of its proximity to the old village station.

It was renamed the Holy Well Inn in 1980 when licensee Ken France carried out restoration work and discovered a 6oft deep well beneath a slab of stone in an old out-house, which he incorporated into a corner of the extended bar lounge area.