COUNCILLORS have confirmed a decision to relocate a bus stop for safety reasons – despite a 200-strong petition against the original decision.
Hartlepool Borough Council will relocate the bus stop from outside 103 Northgate, west along the road, complete with a new lay-by, between Brig Open and 107 Northgate.
This summer the council’s neighbourhood services committee narrowly agreed to relocate the stop at a cost of £40,000.
But it sparked anger in the local community among some residents, and a 200-strong petition was submitted to the council opposing the decision.
Labour councillor Allan Barclay said he wasn’t originally on the committee that made the decision and said he was keen to have another look.
Labour councillor Peter Jackson, chairman of the committee, said: “I voted to move the bus stop on the grounds of safety.
I think to leave it as it is would be unsafe.
“But I am open to suggestions from the committee.”
It was then agreed to take a vote and the original decision was endorsed.
Coun Jackson said the committee would write to those who had submitted the petition to explain the reasons why the decision was taken.
There were no residents at the recent meeting, but speaking back in August, Liam Wintersgill, a joiner from Northgate, said the new spot was more dangerous.
He said this was because there are three junctions in close proximity, and that local residents would prefer it stays where it is.
However, councillors in favour of the switch said the current site was “totally inappropriate” as the bus can be parked in the road.