Published 12th September 2019
It seems that the Staincliffe Hotel (once the domain of Brian Morton, whose empire had over £358,000 of business rates written off under HBC's previous leadership) is once again under threat. Mr Morton handed over the Staincliffe baton to a previous business associate - Paul Montgomery (latterly of Cliffe Hotels Ltd) - who fell into the financial mire, passing the baton on Mr Montgomery's son - now a director of Cliffe Hotels. The Staincliffe has been up for sale for some months now, with a guide price of £798,000. Oddly enough, those running parts of the hotel's current facilities have refuted that it was on the market. Were they in denial or were they kept in the dark? Who knows. We can confirm that the estate agent - Christie - confirmed an approximate timescale, however.
It seems that (under Hartlepool Borough Council's new leadership) officers now have the space to get on with their jobs as, with HBC being a creditor, they have issued a petition to wind up the company. Interesting times ... see the text of the petition below.
From the London Gazette:
In the High Court of Justice
In the matter of CLIFFE HOTELS LTD
Trading As: Cliffe Hotels Ltd,
and in the Matter of the Insolvency Act 1986,
A Petition to wind up the above-named company of Cliffe Hotels Ltd (11567116) of The Staincliffe Hotel, The Cliff, Hartlepool TS25 1AB, 5 The Cliff, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool TS25 1AB (where service of the petition was effected), whose nature of business is Hotels and similar accommodation, presented on Wednesday 31 July 2019, at 13:00 by HARTLEPOOL BOROUGH COUNCIL, of Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool TS24 8AY claiming to be a Creditor of the Company, will be heard at the High Court of Justice, Rolls Building, Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1NL on Wednesday 18 September 2019, at 10:30 (or as soon thereafter as the Petition can be heard).
Any person intending to appear on the hearing of the Petition (whether to support or oppose it) must give notice of intention to do so to the Petitioners or to their Solicitor in accordance with Rule 7.14 by 16:00 hours on Tuesday 17 September 2019
The Petitioner(s) is/are Alexandra Ottley, Wilkin Chapman Llp, Cartergate House, 26 Chantry Lane, Grimsby DN31 2LJ,, Telephone: 01472 253918, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference number: DEBT/LM/132241-85.)