The Elinor Lupton Centre is a prominent landmark on Headingley Lane.
It was built as a Christian Science Church in the early twentieth century, and is a Grade II listed building in the Conservation area.
In 1986 it passed into the hands of Leeds Girls’ High School – and from them to the Grammar School at Leeds.
It has now been sold – to the pub chain, Wetherspoons.

Neil, Janette and Jonathan - Labour's team in Headingley
Neil, Janette and Jonathan – Labour’s team in Headingley

Headingley’s Labour councillors are concerned about the sale – and about its implications for Headingley. [You can read the letter they’ve sent out to local residents below].

As Neil Walshaw says
‘The renewal of Headingley doesn’t need yet another mega-pub – when we already have half a dozen within five or ten minutes’ walk of the Centre. That renewal needs more homes and jobs and services that can attract and support more families wanting to live in our area. This would help recreate Headingley as a balanced community – rather than a suburb made up almost entirely of student lodgings, takeaways, bars and beer.’

The Council has very limited powers to stop this development. But you can rest assured that the three ward councillors will be straining every sinew to ensure that local people are consulted, and that they get the sort of development they need and want.

They’ve already contacted the press, and begun to leaflet local residents.

Please read their letter below – and take the opportunity to make your own position on this known.

‘Dear Friend,
As you may be aware, Wetherspoons have bought the Elinor Lupton centre on Headingley Lane.

Your local Councillors, Jonathan, Janette and I find it remarkable that the sale was made in a residential area, with no parking, and when there are so many similar pubs a stone’s throw away in every direction.

Unfortunately the Council has few powers to stop this outright, and while Jonathan, Janette and I will use any and all powers available to us to stop, block, amend, delay etc. these plans, we are going to start by demonstrating to Wetherspoons that this is an inappropriate location and is not wanted by local people.

We’ve started by talking to the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post and other media outlets about our position and now we are launching a petition against this and we’ll be knocking on doors in the area to gain signatures.

If you wish to sign it please email Cllr Jonathan Pryor – jonathan.pryor@leeds.gov.uk – you can submit anything from one sentence saying you object right to a full letter detailing all your reasons why.

We will then collate all emails objecting, as well as petitions, with a covering letter from Jonathan, Janette and me stating our objection, to show a unified voice from residents and Councillors.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Warmest regards,

Councillor Neil Walshaw
07791 795228
neil.walshaw@leeds.gov.uk

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