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Alex celebrates Sheraton success

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.

Alex said:

“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.

Alex added:

“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.”