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MP welcomes Leeds City Council stating they “would welcome the opportunity to work with the developer” on Dunnies café site

August 5, 2014 1:21 PM

Greg Mulholland MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, has welcomed Leeds City Council's statement that they would work with developers, Gladman Developments, on the Wharfe View cafe site, better known as Dunnies.

Greg recently wrote to the Chief Planning Officer at Leeds City Council raising further concerns about the former Dunnies site and asked what steps the Council are taking to ensure that a replacement cafe is situated on the prominent site.

Leeds City Council have said that they would "welcome the opportunity to work with the developer to bring about a replacement café on this prominent site."

Greg is now calling for Gladman Developments to come to Otley to discuss the Dunnies site with Leeds City Council, local residents and campaigners.

The iconic Otley Café, fondly known as 'Dunnies' after Mr Dunwell a previous owner, and the adjoining family run news agents, has been an Otley landmark since 1925 and was an important part of the social fabric of the community.

The café was well known across the North of England, especially with the cyclist and biker community, and attracted many visitors to Otley.

Commenting, Greg, said:

"Dunnies attracted a large number of cyclists and motorcyclists and has been an important landmark since 1925. The removal of the café has changed the character of the riverside area and has left many people without a regular meeting place, so I welcome Leeds City Council saying they will work with the developers to find a solution.

"I have called on Gladman Developments to come to Otley to discuss a replacement cafe with Leeds City Council, local people and campaigners.

"I will continue to support the local residents and their desire to maintain local facilities such as this and will continue the dialogue with the developers and Leeds City Council in the hope that we can find a solution that works for everyone."