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Tanfield Road ‘Inspirations’ Nursery Under Threat Land Could Be Sold for Housing Just four years after spending over £150,000 on its Stranton Nursery in Tanfield Road and re-launching it as the Inspirations Garden Centre, it’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council is now considering flattening it and selling the land to a developer for housing. The former council run Stranton Nursery had supplied the council’s Parks and Cemeteries department with plants, trees and flowers and had been part of Hartlepool Council’s £400,000 plan to relaunch the facility, along with the adjacent Inspirations Café, as a commercial enterprise. However, the Café, which was opened in 2013 by Christopher and Stephen Akers-Belcher, proved to be a financial disaster for the local taxpayer eventually losing £357,000 before it was closed in March 2017. Hartlepool Council took several years to publicly acknowledge the on-going losses of the Inspirations Café refusing several Freedom of Information requests. It has never published the profit and loss account for the Garden Centre part of the venture. It is therefore not known if it has been losing money, breaking even or operating at a profit. However, it has proven popular with its customers with some believing that poor marketing and advertising have limited its success. It’s understood that the Garden Centre’s future is due to be discussed by Hartlepool Council in October with possible closure in March of next year.
Tanfield Road Inspirations’ Nursery Under Threat Land Could Be Sold for Housing Just four years after spending over £150,000 on its Stranton Nursery in Tanfield Road and re-launching it as the Inspirations Garden Centre, it’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council is now considering flattening it and selling the land to a developer for housing. The former council run Stranton Nursery  had supplied the council’s Parks and Cemeteries department with plants, trees and flowers and had been part of Hartlepool Council’s £400,000 plan to relaunch the facility, along with the adjacent Inspirations Café, as a commercial enterprise. However, the Café, which was opened in 2013 by Christopher and Stephen Akers- Belcher, proved to be a financial disaster for the local taxpayer eventually losing £357,000 before it was closed in March 2017. Hartlepool Council took several years to publicly acknowledge the on-going losses of the Inspirations Café refusing several Freedom of Information requests. It has never published the profit and loss account for the Garden Centre part of the venture. It is therefore not known if it has been losing money, breaking even or operating at a profit. However, it has proven popular with its customers with some believing that poor marketing and advertising have limited its success. It’s understood that the Garden Centre’s future is due to be discussed by Hartlepool Council in October with possible closure in March of next year.
Tanfield Road ‘Inspirations’ Nursery Under Threat Land Could Be Sold for Housing Just four years after spending over £150,000 on its Stranton Nursery in Tanfield Road and re-launching it as the Inspirations Garden Centre, it’s been revealed that Hartlepool Council is now considering flattening it and selling the land to a developer for housing. The former council run Stranton Nursery had supplied the council’s Parks and Cemeteries department with plants, trees and flowers and had been part of Hartlepool Council’s £400,000 plan to relaunch the facility, along with the adjacent Inspirations Café, as a commercial enterprise. However, the Café, which was opened in 2013 by Christopher and Stephen Akers-Belcher,  proved to be a financial disaster for the local taxpayer eventually losing £357,000 before it was closed in March 2017. Hartlepool Council took several years to publicly acknowledge the on-going losses of the Inspirations Café  refusing several Freedom of Information requests. It has never published the profit and loss account for the Garden Centre part of the venture. It is therefore not known if it has been losing money, breaking even or operating at a profit. However, it has proven popular with its customers with some believing that poor marketing and advertising have limited its success. It’s understood that the Garden Centre’s future is due to be discussed by Hartlepool Council in October with possible closure in March of next year.
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