A DERELICT eyesore in the centre of Hartlepool has been demolished as part of plans to create an innovation and skills quarter in the town.
Crown House in Surtees Street, which used to house offices of the former Department of Health and Social Security, has been cleared amid hopes of developing a start-up centre for creative industries businesses on the site.
The re-development is part of Mayor Stuart Drummond’s drive to rid the town of “grot spot” buildings. Plans for the business start-up centre, which could act as a base for fledgling digital media companies among others, are subject to future funding and a feasibility study.
Cllr Pamela Hargreaves, Hartlepool Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration and economic development, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help improve the appearance of the area by demolishing this eyesore.
“This is something which I have personally campaigned on for the last four years and I am very excited for the site’s future potential.”
Mr Drummond added: “Crown House has been on my list of targets for a long time now and I am delighted that we have finally been able to get it down.”
The council purchased the building with funding provided via the Government’s Single Programme which aims to promote job creation and business development.