Assurances have been sought and received by Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham on the future of Hanover Point, The Glebe, after housing provider Anchor Hanover confirmed that the six-storey housing complex would be emptied and closed.
Alex has been in regular contact with Anchor Hanover since the company announced its consultation in June, recently meeting with the Regional Head of Housing (North) on 28 July. In that meeting Alex sought and received assurances that every resident would be given bespoke, individual support to find alternative accommodation. Anchor Hanover also confirmed that the company’s preference is to find a buyer for the site “as is”.
If the building is left empty for a period of time or demolished, the company has promised to put in measures to deter anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
“While it’s a shame that Anchor Hanover do not see a viable future for Hanover Point, I am pleased to hear the work they are doing to both ensure every resident is individually supported to find alternative housing, and to find a suitable buyer for the site.
“I know that those living close to the site will be keen to know what Anchor Hanover plan to do with the site and I was pleased when they confirmed that they hoped to sell it to another housing provider “as is”. I have also stressed the need to make sure the site does not attract anti-social behaviour. Anchor Hanover get this concern and have assured me they will put in measures, if needed, to deter this as much as possible.
“I will continue to meet with Anchor Hanover and if any residents of Hanover Point or the surrounding area have any queries or concerns they wish me to raise then please let me know – I will feed them back to Joanne and her team.”
Alex has written to the residents of Hanover Point and the surrounding area with an update on the ongoing situation.