New lease for Hartlepool council site

Bryan Hanson House
Bryan Hanson House

COUNCILLORS have agreed to lease out a council building named after a former mayor as part of cost-cutting.

Bryan Hanson House in Lynn Street will be rented out after it was deemed surplus to requirements and could save the council £125,000.

Members of the finance and policy committee voted in favour of allowing any new tenant to change the name of the administrative building.

But the name of Hanson Square will remain in a tribute to former town mayor and council leader Bryan Hanson OBE who died in hospital in February.

It is proposed to lease the building to the firm that successfully won the council’s ICT contract.

The majority of Bryan Hanson House staff are being moved into the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.

The council has identified a number of underused administrative buildings, some of which have already been sold off, as a way of generating more income and reducing running costs.

Denise Ogden, director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, said in a report: “The council will benefit from the generation of a rental income, reduced running costs and the town will benefit from the creation of additional private sector jobs over a period of time as the occupation of the building increases.

“The grant of the lease will generate rental income for the council, reduce revenue running costs and ensure that the building is occupied by a good quality tenant who proposes to retain employment within the town and extend employment opportunities providing further economic development benefits.”

The council’s chief executive Dave Stubbs will inform Mr Hanson’s wife Gwynneth of the building’s change of name.

Mr Hanson became a councillor in 1963 and chaired several committees on Hartlepool Borough Council before becoming leader in 1974.

He was a former Cleveland county councillor and played a pivotal role in the battle to regain independence for Hartlepool which resulted in the abolition of the county council in 1996.

The former Dyke House councillor served as mayor of Hartlepool in 1979-80 and retired from local politics in May 1999.

Mr Hanson died in hospital earlier this year aged 81 after a short battle with pneumonia.