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Council Takeover of Summerhill Café Was Against Officer Advice It’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council’s decision to terminate the contract of a private operator and take over the running of the Summerhill Café was made against the advice of council officers. As part of the move, the council spent £16,000 refurbishing the café but the venture lost nearly £6,000 within its first year under council control. West View Trading Estate Set To Be Given Over To Housing The Oaksway Trading Estate in West View, now owned by the Government’s Homes & Communities Agency, is to be given over to new housing. A consultation event is due to take place between 2pm and 7pm on August 17th at the Rovers Quoit Club in Easington Road prior to a planning application being made to HBC. Labour MP Behind Hospital Referrals A PRIVATE company with a Labour MP as director will operate a controversial new scheme that forces GPs to submit hospital referrals to a third party for approval. Stockton South Labour MP Dr Paul Williams has confirmed that Hartlepool and Stockton Healthcare Ltd (HASH) will be assessing referrals made by doctors across Darlington and parts of Teesside. For the Few, Not the Many The Labour/Tory coalition controlling Hartlepool Council have voted themselves a 31% pay increase. The move comes as public sector workers remain tied to an annual 1% and many in the private sector are being forced to accept even less. The increase, which was recommended by an Independent Remuneration Panel, was voted through by 17 Labour councillors with the help of all 3 Conservative councillors. Read More Council Writes Off £358,483 of Morton’s Unpaid Business Rates Hartlepool Borough Council has written off more than £358,000 in Business Rates, the equivalent of a 1% council tax increase, owed to them by ‘businessman’ Brian Morton. The unpaid debts are spread across four of Morton’s companies: Tees Leisure Ltd; Johnnor Developments Ltd; Seaton Leisure Ltd and Clockwise Leisure Ltd which between them cover the ownership of the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Seaton Sports Domes. Morton has dissolved or liquidated companies covering the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Sports Domes only to relaunch them under a new company name immediately afterwards, each time leaving a trail of unpaid creditors and staff. Groundhog Day Linked to the above story it’s perhaps timely to remind everyone where we’ve already been. The picture to the left is taken from the pages of the Hartlepool Mail from the late 1990s as the then Labour Leader of Hartlepool Council, the late Bryan Hanson ceremoniously opened a revamped Church Street. The project was part of the £37m City Challenge  scheme and was intended to give Church Street a Mediterranean style which would attract new visitors to the town. It involved the refurbishment of several buildings and their frontage which had fallen into disrepair, the laying of block paving, the planting of several trees and the construction of a glass canopy on one side of the street. The present Labour Council expect work to begin soon on its own £7.35m scheme to once again ‘regenerate’ Church Street, This time the claim is it will ‘redefine the Church Street area with additional daytime uses, an improved environment and a vibrant creative industries economy.’
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Council Takeover of Summerhill Café Was Against Officer Advice It’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council’s decision to terminate the contract of a private operator and take over the running of the Summerhill Café was made against the advice of council officers. As part of the move, the council spent £16,000 refurbishing the café but the venture lost nearly £6,000 within its first year under council control. West View Trading Estate Set To Be Given Over To Housing The Oaksway Trading Estate in West View, now owned by the Government’s Homes & Communities Agency, is to be given over to new housing. A consultation event is due to take place between 2pm and 7pm on August 17th at the Rovers Quoit Club in Easington Road prior to a planning application being made to HBC. Labour MP Behind Hospital Referrals A PRIVATE company with a Labour MP as director will operate a controversial new scheme that forces GPs to submit hospital referrals to a third party for approval. Stockton South Labour MP Dr Paul Williams has confirmed that Hartlepool and Stockton Healthcare Ltd (HASH) will be assessing referrals made by doctors across Darlington and parts of Teesside. For the Few, Not the Many The Labour/Tory coalition controlling Hartlepool Council have voted themselves a 31% pay increase. The move comes as public sector workers remain tied to an annual 1% and many in the private sector are being forced to accept even less. The increase, which was recommended by an Independent Remuneration Panel, was voted through by 17 Labour councillors with the help of all 3 Conservative councillors. Read More Council Writes Off £358,483 of Morton’s Unpaid Business Rates Hartlepool Borough Council has written off more than £358,000 in Business Rates, the equivalent of a 1% council tax increase, owed to them by ‘businessman’ Brian Morton. The unpaid debts are spread across four of Morton’s companies: Tees Leisure Ltd; Johnnor Developments Ltd; Seaton Leisure Ltd and Clockwise Leisure Ltd which between them cover the ownership of the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Seaton Sports Domes. Morton has dissolved or liquidated companies covering the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Sports Domes only to relaunch them under a new company name immediately afterwards, each time leaving a trail of unpaid creditors and staff. Groundhog Day Linked to the above story it’s perhaps timely to remind everyone where we’ve already been. The picture to the left is taken from the pages of the Hartlepool Mail from the late 1990s as the then Labour Leader of Hartlepool Council, the late Bryan Hanson ceremoniously opened a revamped Church Street. The project was part of the £37m City Challenge scheme and was intended to give Church Street a Mediterranean style which would attract new visitors to the town. It involved the refurbishment of several buildings and their frontage which had fallen into disrepair, the laying of block paving, the planting of several trees and the construction of a glass canopy on one side of the street. The present Labour Council expect work to begin soon on its own £7.35m scheme to once again ‘regenerate’ Church Street, This time the claim is it will ‘redefine the Church Street area with additional daytime uses, an improved environment and a vibrant creative industries economy.’
Council Takeover of Summerhill Café Was Against Officer Advice It’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council’s decision to terminate the contract of a private operator and take over the running of the Summerhill Café was made against the advice of council officers. As part of the move, the council spent £16,000 refurbishing the café but the venture lost nearly £6,000 within its first year under council control. West View Trading Estate Set To Be Given Over To Housing The Oaksway Trading Estate in West View, now owned by the Government’s Homes & Communities Agency, is to be given over to new housing. A consultation event is due to take place between 2pm and 7pm on August 17th at the Rovers Quoit Club in Easington Road prior to a planning application being made to HBC. Labour MP Behind Hospital Referrals A PRIVATE company with a Labour MP as director will operate a controversial new scheme that forces GPs to submit hospital referrals to a third party for approval. Stockton South Labour MP Dr Paul Williams has confirmed that Hartlepool and Stockton Healthcare Ltd (HASH) will be assessing referrals made by doctors across Darlington and parts of Teesside. For the Few, Not the Many The Labour/Tory coalition controlling Hartlepool Council have voted themselves a 31% pay increase. The move comes as public sector workers remain tied to an annual 1% and many in the private sector are being forced to accept even less. The increase, which was recommended by an Independent Remuneration Panel, was voted through by 17 Labour councillors with the help of all 3 Conservative councillors. Read More Council Writes Off £358,483 of Morton’s Unpaid Business Rates Hartlepool Borough Council has written off more than £358,000 in Business Rates, the equivalent of a 1% council tax increase, owed to them by ‘businessman’ Brian Morton. The unpaid debts are spread across four of Morton’s companies: Tees Leisure Ltd; Johnnor Developments Ltd; Seaton Leisure Ltd and Clockwise Leisure Ltd which between them cover the ownership of the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Seaton Sports Domes. Morton has dissolved or liquidated companies covering the Hillcarter Hotel, the Staincliffe Hotel and the Sports Domes only to relaunch them under a new company name immediately afterwards, each time leaving a trail of unpaid creditors and staff. Groundhog Day Linked to the above story it’s perhaps timely to remind everyone where we’ve already been. The picture to the left is taken from the pages of the Hartlepool Mail from the late 1990s as the then Labour Leader of Hartlepool Council, the late Bryan Hanson ceremoniously opened a revamped Church Street. The project was part of the £37m City Challenge  scheme and was intended to give Church Street a Mediterranean style which would attract new visitors to the town. It involved the refurbishment of several buildings and their frontage which had fallen into disrepair, the laying of block paving, the planting of several trees and the construction of a glass canopy on one side of the street. The present Labour Council expect work to begin soon on its own £7.35m scheme to once again ‘regenerate’ Church Street, This time the claim is it will ‘redefine the Church Street area with additional daytime uses, an improved environment and a vibrant creative industries economy.’
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