THE owners of a pub plagued by under age drinkers, drug users and crime are appealing a decision to have it shut down.
The Norman Hotel in Normanton had its premises licence revoked by Wakefield Council last month after it heard reports of children as young as 12 drinking at the site.
And the appeal against the decision means the pub can stay open over Christmas while a case is put forward to Wakefield Magistrates’ Court.
Police told the licensing committee that residents on Queen Elizabeth Drive had complained for years.
Despite the pub being warned about its licence, under-age drinkers, class B drugs and a locked fire escape were discovered during a police raid in July.
Councillors felt the pub had breached several licensing conditions and decided it should close
The move meant Harmony Pub Company Ltd and designated premises supervisor David Packham had to cease trading on Tuesday.
But Mr Packham has contested the decision and it will now have to be heard by magistrates.
He said: “The Norman Hotel is a typical 1950’s style estate pub which necessarily reflects the local community, its concerns and its problems.”
He added that a pool team and motorcycle club use the pub as its base and it works with the Well Project Centre and people with learning difficulties..
A decision is expected early next year. .