Youngsters from Ilkeston’s Kirk Hallam estate have been banned from a pool club at the Nottingham Castle pub — after a warning from licensing officers.
The club was set up by landlord Trevor Davie to try and tackle anti-social behaviour around Queen Elizabeth Way after repeated arson attacks on his premises.
Youths ranging from 14 to 18 years old had been using the pub’s pool room, which serves no alcohol and is separate from the rest of the premises, since late last year. Local residents and parents reported a marked improvement in behaviour of local teenagers.
But Derbyshire police’s licensing team has said the club is breaking licensing rules as there is not enough adult supervision for the under-16s and Mr Davie would face prosecution if he continued to allow them on the premises.
Trevor said: “It’s half-term this week and they have been dumped on the street again.
“Now they will be hanging round the shops people will be complaining and we’ll be back to square one.”
The club is still open to youths aged 16 and above but Trevor fears those under 16 are most in need of positive activities to keep them out of trouble.
After visiting the youth club in action this month, Louis Booth, Erewash councillor for Kirk Hallam, said there was nothing for youngsters in Kirk Hallam and it should be supported.
Trevor added: “It was working so well. The room was standing empty and having them in here was making a real difference.”
The licensee said he would be attending a meeting at Ilkeston Town Hall to argue his case when a date had been finalised.
Nick Thurston, head of environment and community safety at Erewash Borough Council, said: “Erewash Community Safety Partnership has been working with a number of activity providers, including Sporting Futures and the Youth Service ,to consider alternative provisions for the young people. “The level of co-operation from partners has been very positive and every effort is being made to resolve this matter with the landlords.”