The fight to stop the last pub on a Stockton estate being converted into a children’s nursery has been successful – just a week after the campaign to save it was launched.
Stockton Borough Council has confirmed that they will refuse a request to set aside a covenant on The Sheraton on the Hardwick Estate which restricts the building’s use to a public house.
Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham, and local councillors Norma Stephenson and Nigel Cooke, backed the campaign at a public meeting and immediately requested the Council to refuse to alter the covenant.
The decision was welcomed across the area.
“For an estate the size of Hardwick, which has undergone a major transformation in recent years, to lose its last pub would be a major blow to the community. Nigel, Norma and I are delighted that the Council recognised the strength of feeling on the estate and acted quickly to sort the matter out.”
They know, however, that there is still a need for additional nursery capacity in the area and the Borough Council will work with local organisations to find the right kind if accommodation.
“I understand that the pub owners hadn’t planned to close the pub and sell it but, having been approached, agreed to a sale. Now it is up to the people of Hardwick to show their support for their local pub and ensure that it is well used.”