Anger after drivers take shortcut across green space on Hartlepool estate

COUNCILLORS for the Fens estate have appealed to residents not to take a short cut across an area of green space.

Coun Steve Gibbon and Coun Alison Lilley spoke out after a driver took their vehicle across a small patch of grass between Crowland Road and Thursby Grove leaving tyre tracks clearly visible.

Fens councillors (from left) Steve Gibbon, Geoff Lilley and Alison Lilley are campaigning to try to stop motorists driving over the grass at the bottom of Thursby Grove.

Fens councillors (from left) Steve Gibbon, Geoff Lilley and Alison Lilley are campaigning to try to stop motorists driving over the grass at the bottom of Thursby Grove.

It happened shortly after two new bollards were installed by the council at another path off Thursby Grove to stop drivers cutting through.

Coun Gibbon said: “We have got dog walkers and kids on their bikes that use this area.

“We could put more bollards in all over the place, but we don’t want that and they are expensive.

“It is dangerous and unsightly as well and we just ask whoever it is doing it to stop.

“It is an open space and we want to keep it like that. It is not a short cut for cars.

“At the back end of last year they were taking a short cut and we put two new bollards in and now it has moved to this point.”

The last incident happened on Thursday night and councillors say anyone seen doing it will be reported to police.

As well as the open space, a footpath round through the grassed area which is well used by residents.

Fellow Fens councillor Alison Lilley said: “People care about their area and we don’t want it to continue.

“If it does it is going to end up looking like a ploughed field.

“If anyone sees it happening please report it to ourselves and we will pass the information on.

“It is all about taking care of your area and being a good neighbour.

“We don’t want bollards everywhere it is nice to keep spaces open and the Fens is well known for its open spaces.”

Coun Gibbon is also appealing for dog walkers to clean up after their pets after a rise in incidents.

He said: “We know most people are responsible, but please pick up.”