Customers at the Cross Inn have been considering applying for the historic pub to be listed as a Community Asset by Calderdale Council.
Sarah Manfredi, local school governor and council officer, explained would give the community the “right to bid” if the pub was put on the market, and an extra six months to raise the money.
She said: ” It does not mean that he/she has to accept the bid, but it does delay any sale by six months and gives the community the chance to put the money together to try to buy it themselves.
“If an owner is thinking about selling something rather than running it as a successful business, this kind of impediment to selling might make them think again.
“It might also be something a planning committee could take into account when considering change of use.”
Applying for registration has to be done by a community group or parish council – not by an individual. The group would then have to explain why this asset is important to the community.
Full details are here: http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/community/advice/community-rights/bid.html .
If anyone would like to take this forward, Sarah can email them a simple form to fill in.