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“I’m very excited by the Hartlepool Vision and was keen to buy into it and play my part in the revitalisation of Hartlepool.” Brian Morton May 2014  “It is really encouraging that another business has backed the Hartlepool Vision. The Church Square area is a key part of our future vision where we aim to provide a skills quarter providing learning opportunities and accommodation for young people.” Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher May 2014
Council Writes Off £358,483 of Morton’s Unpaid Business Rates Hartlepool Borough Council has written off more than £358,000 in Business Rates owed to them by ‘businessman’ Brian Morton. The unpaid debts are spread across for 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. In November 2016, a petition of bankruptcy was raised against Morton by Armada Investments Ltd of Exeter which led to the Hillcarter Hotel being closed and left in temporary darkness. It has since reopened under a new company name, Sovereign Hotels. The total amount owed by Morton is detailed in a report to the council’s Finance and Policy Committee scheduled to take place on June 12th, 2017 A breakdown of the money owed by Morton’s businesses appears below: Tees Leisure LTD / Hillcarter Hotel  - £9,128.87 Johnnor Developments Ltd / Staincliffe Hotel - £34,065.64 Tees Leisure Ltd / Hillcarter Hotel - £105,234.57 Seaton Leisure Ltd / Sports Domes - £151,402.12 Clockwise Leisure Ltd / The Sports Domes - £58,651.79 Total of £358,483
Pre 1st April 2013 Post 1st April 2013
The Lights Go Out On Hillcarter Bankruptcy Petition Filed Against Hotel Owner Morton Mystery surrounds the future of the 32 room Hillcarter Hotel in Church Street which has been unoccupied and in darkness for several days. The hotel owner, Brian Morton, is facing a personal bankrupt order from petitioner Armada Investments Limited of Exeter which filed the petition on 14th November last year. Morton, who owns several businesses in Hartlepool including the Sports Domes and Staincliffe Hotel at Seaton Carew, claimed in 2014 that he was investing £250,000 in the building as part of a refurbishment plan. However, the hotel is understood to have been cut off from the electricity supply as a result of unpaid bills and that it has been using portable generators ever since. The Hartlepool Vision earmarked the 26-bedroom hotel, located in Church Street, as one of eight areas of the town to breathe new life and attract new jobs into Hartlepool. As part of the revamp six extra en-suite bedrooms were created as well as a new sports lounge, a re-fitted Hillcarter Lounge and an ambitious rooftop restaurant.

Staff Struggle to Get Paid Wages from

Vision Entrepreneur

The practice of not paying employees their due wages is not exactly new to Hartlepool Labour Party; it’s something with which they don’t seem to have a problem. Labour Councillor Angie Wilcox did just that at Manor Residents Association. Staff found themselves having to wait weeks to receive wages and if they were paid at all, some were paid less than the minimum wage and had tax and national insurance payments deducted but not forwarded onto Government departments. No Labour councillor has ever spoken up in support of the Manor Residents employees that were fleeced by one of their own councillors. We shouldn’t be surprised then to see other Labour Councillors lining up for a promotional photo-shoot with another employer who shows the same reticence when it comes to paying his employees, as they did in May 2014. Now a former employee of Brain Morton’s Hillcarter Hotel has chosen to tell of what it’s like to work for one of Hartlepool’s Vision Entrepreneurs. “I was working at the hill carter hotel, and not once got paid! - employees that are currently working there haven't had any wages for months! He then becomes impossible to get hold of and ignores your texts and calls to avoid paying you! He is also the manager of the Staincliffe hotel and the sports domes and staff there aren't getting paid neither! Unless you want to work for free do not apply for those jobs!! My job will be advertised soon I would have thought so just a heads up to everyone !!!” Staff at the Headland’s Mary Rowntrees will be familiar with the story above. When Brian Morton was in control of the up market tea room they experienced similar difficulties. We can’t say if staff at Morton’s other businesses, The Seaton Sports Domes and The Staincliffe Hotel have had similar experiences but neither have been without their own problems. The Sports Domes recently suffered a deflationary experience which Morton claimed was due to a technical malfunction while others suggested that the had been disconnected from the electricity supply after unpaid charges. It’s also been alleged that the Hillcarter Hotel is currently running on generators. Last year, the Staincliffe Hotel business in Seaton was put into administration only to resurface under a new company name immediately afterwards. It’s not known how many creditors were left unpaid as a result. In 2014, there was a rush by the council to spend an undisclosed cash-windfall to be paid by Morton in place of 15 years of installed payments which had been agreed with the council in 2012 for the release of a covenant on the Domes land. The money was never received.
Council Writes Off £358,483 of Morton’s Unpaid Business Rates Hartlepool Borough Council has written off more than £358,000 in Business Rates owed to them by ‘businessman’ Brian Morton. The unpaid debts are spread across for 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. In November 2016, a petition of bankruptcy was raised against Morton by Armada Investments Ltd of Exeter which led to the Hillcarter Hotel being closed and left in temporary darkness. It has since reopened under a new company name, Sovereign Hotels. The total amount owed by Morton is detailed i a report to the council’s Finance and Policy Committee for their meeting scheduled for June 12th, 2017 A breakdown of the money owed by Morton’s businesses appears below: Tees Leisure LTD / Hillcarter Hotel  - £9,128.87 Johnnor Developments Ltd / Staincliffe Hotel - £34,065.64 Tees Leisure Ltd / Hillcarter Hotel - £105,234.57 Seaton Leisure Ltd / Sports Domes - £151,402.12 Clockwise Leisure Ltd / The Sports Domes - £58,651.79 Total of £358,483
Pre 1st April 2013 Post 1st April 2013
“I’m very excited by the Hartlepool Vision and was keen to buy into it and play my part in the revitalisation of Hartlepool.” Brian Morton May 2014  “It is really encouraging that another business has backed the Hartlepool Vision. The Church Square area is a key part of our future vision where we aim to provide a skills quarter providing learning opportunities and accommodation for young people.” Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher May 2014
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