A DERELICT pub that has caused misery for nearby Hemsworth residents has eventually been demolished.
The Melbourne Arms, on Barnsley Road, closed down around five and a half years ago and has since become a haven for underage drinking and illegal drug-taking.
It has also been subject to arson attacks, vandalism, theft of the roof metal and flytipping.
Work to knock down the pub and a one-storey outbuilding at the rear of the site began four weeks ago and work is now underway to remove the rubble from the land.
The owners of the pub, Leisure Inn Developments, were taken to Pontefract Magistrates’ Court by Wakefield Council after failing to comply with a notice to demolish the building earlier this year. It was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £250 court costs.
The Derby-based company has now applied for planning permission for a residential development of 12 townhouses on the site. The application will be decided by the council’s planning and highways committee in due course.
Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett has been campaigning to have the pub demolished since February 2009.
When work began he welcomed the news, saying the area would be improved as a result of the demolition.