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Bamber Bridge apartment development to be named ‘Tom Hanson House’ in memory of late councillor

Posted on - 24th December, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Preston News, South Ribble News

A new apartment development in Bamber Bridge is set to be renamed after a well known resident and former councillor Tom Hanson.

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Pearson House in Bamber Bridge is being converted into affordable apartments by South Ribble Borough Council and its cabinet have approved a rename in honour of Tom.

The building will be re-named Tom Hanson House.

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After hearing the news, Tom’s daughters said: “Our dad would have been pleased and proud to have his name associated with such a project and on his behalf we would like to thank South Ribble Borough Council for this lovely gesture.

“It is a fitting tribute to someone who loved where he lived and served.”

Tom was a member of South Ribble Borough Council representing Bamber Bridge for 34 years.

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He was Mayor of South Ribble between 1991 and 1992 and he served on most committees of the council and was a cabinet member for several years.

Tom was an active member of the Bamber Bridge Area Committee and also represented the Council on a number of outside bodies, including Bymbrig Social Services Day Centre Committee and Chorley and South Ribble Crossroads Care Scheme.

Councillor Hanson sadly passed away on 1 November 2014, aged 84.

Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of South Ribble borough Council said: “I’m delighted that this re-name of Pearson House has been approved by Cabinet.

“Tom was an incredible man, loved his local area and worked tirelessly to make it a wonderful place to live.

“Fellow ward councillors and I wanted to honour Tom in this way so that residents now and in years to come can appreciate Tom and the incredible work he did for the area.

“The development is one of the first from the Council in over 25 years and I am sure that Tom will be proud that families in the area can have access to quality affordable housing in his name.”

Work to convert the property began in 2020 and will see seven one-bed flats, and two two-bed flats.

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There is a clear interest in acquiring housing in this area as there are around 150 active applications on select move in Bamber Bridge, and these flats will begin to satisfy the housing need of the area.

Work is due to be completed on the development in 2021.

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