Plans for new Hilton hotel sparks anger amongst Stoke-on-Trent people

Plans for a new Hilton hotel to be built in Hanley have angered residents.

The 140-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel is set to be located in the Smithfield development and will open in 2019, if plans are approved.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has agreed to provide £4.5 million investment for the building, which is part of the Hilton’s more affordable hotel group and will include conference facilities.

Hannah Johnson, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “I think that the money needs to be spent on doing up the buildings as some are abandoned and need doing up.”

John Green, from Shelton, said: “Never mind putting money into a new hotel, we need to spend money on getting homeless people off the streets.

The site where the development is expected to be built

“This hotel is more for the people who visit Stoke-on-Trent, not for those who live in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Anna Winters, from Bentilee, said: “I don’t think that they will fill the 140 rooms as we have got a Premier Inn nearby and other hotels around.

“Spending this money on a hotel that won’t be filled is pointless and there are other things the money could be spent on.”

But the leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council Councillor Dave Conway, has welcomed the new development.

He said: “This is a truly fantastic piece of news for Stoke-on-Trent and a major milestone in the continued transformation of the city centre.

“Hilton is a name famous around the world and a lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to make this development a reality.

“Stoke-on-Trent is a city on the up right now and this is further evidence that our drive to attract new business and jobs is gaining fantastic results.”

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is also set to provide a £2.95 million grant for the hotel.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice-president of development at Hilton, said: “The new proposal at Stoke-on-Trent joins more than 100 Hilton Garden Inn properties trading across Europe.

“Stoke-on-Trent continues to make fantastic progress in its bid for City of Culture 2021, and the new hotel will considerably enhance accommodation in the city.

Hilton Garden Inn will create 50 new jobs for the area and will be in walking distance of the main retail area.

A planning application is expected to be submitted by Gener8 and the city council in the near future and is recommended for approval.

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