Landmark hotel could be saved

The Market Hotel
The Market Hotel

A LANDMARK hotel could be saved from demolition if council bosses accept an offer for the derelict site.

Hartlepool Borough Council put the Grade II listed former Market Hotel, in Lynn Street, on the market last September to see if there was any interest in the site.

Regeneration bosses had planned to demolish the council-owned building as part of a housing redevelopment scheme in the area.

But their plans were rejected by English Heritage due to the building’s listed status and they also wanted to make sure that all avenues of finding a viable use for it had been explored.

That meant civic leaders had to put the hotel on the market to see if there was any interest before it could be demolished.

After a number of viewings, officers have since received one offer from an unnamed bidder.