A landmark outdoor cafe is to permanently shut down.
The Latte Hut, which has been a popular coffee spot on King Street in Huddersfield for more than 12 years, will serve its last ever brew on February 5 at midnight when its licence runs out.
Cafe owner David Cooper had claimed since last summer that he would not be able to renew his 10 year Kirklees Council highways licence to operate due to opposition from NewRiver Retail, which owns nearby Packhorse Centre.
His confirmation of the closure comes despite the success of a petition launched by his team to highlight public support for the canopied cafe to Kirklees Council, which attracted more than 3,000 signatures.
It is near to the front of one of the entrances to the Packhorse Centre which has been undergoing a substantial renovation.
Six jobs will be lost through the closure.
Mr Cooper said: “They told me they’d take a look at the application but that it wouldn’t be approved as the Packhorse Centre doesn’t want it to be there. The council and the centre owners have been playing each other off.
“Six jobs are going and 1,000 customers are losing out. Everyone is absolutely devastated.
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“Obviously, as the petition showed, people wanted it there and are still kicking up a fuss.
“I’m not going to try open it somewhere else because the council is just not interested in putting outdoor cafes where they should be which I think is in our squares.
“I’m helping staff find new jobs and a couple have got them already, which is good.”
The venue is the only fully outdoors cafe in the town centre.
Manager Joshua Brown added: “I’ve never felt more comfortable anywhere else that here. It’s a social hub not a cafe.
“We will just do a normal day on the final day and close at 5pm but we are discussing having some sort of thank you for our customers.”
A council spokeswoman said: “The council has spoken to Mr Cooper on a number of occasions to discuss the end of his current licence.
“He has been advised that in order to renew his licence we would need consent from the businesses that front onto the Latte Hut.
“This is a legal requirement under the Highways Act section 115E(2).
“He was advised to check he would have the consent of neighbouring businesses before submitting an application.”
Paul Wright, Director at NewRiver Retail, said the company’s relationship with the Latte Hut had been “amicable.”
He said: “At the time we did offer Mr Cooper alternative locations within our centre though he felt none were suitable.
“The closure of Latte Hut has been amicable and paves the way the way for discussions to begin improving the public realm on King Street.
“Huddersfield is quickly evolving and the Packhorse has a leading role in that.
“We wish Mr Cooper all the best for the future.”