Hartlepool’s ‘Vision’ gains are in sight, say council chiefs

The  Maritime Experience.
The Maritime Experience.
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A BLUEPRINT launched just over 12 months ago to revitalise the centre of Hartlepool and spark the town’s wider regeneration is already having a positive effect, say council chiefs.

The Hartlepool Vision and Regeneration Masterplan have received strong support from residents, businesses and many organisations including the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Christopher Akers-Belcher.

Christopher Akers-Belcher.

Councillors have given the go-ahead for the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) which will result in the creation of a new base for the North of England on the site of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, which is expected to have an impact on the vision for the town.

It will see NMRN invest heavily in the site which will include exhibits from its world-class collection. It’s estimated to attract an extra 140,000 visitors to the town every year.

Also, Hartlepool is to receive over £5m of Government Growth Deal funding as part of the ongoing work to create an Innovation & Skills Quarter in the Church Street.

Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “When we launched the Hartlepool Vision just over 12 months ago, we gave a commitment that it would become a reality and the recent announcements demonstrate the progress we are making. The NMRN has the potential to be a huge draw, pulling in visitors from far and wide.”

We are very excited at the prospect of working in partnership with Hartlepool council, the Trincomalee Trust and the local community

Dominic Tweddle, director general of the National Museum of the Royal Navy

Dominic Tweddle, director general of the museum, said: “We are very excited at the prospect of working in partnership with Hartlepool council, the Trincomalee Trust and the local community to create a new museum in the North of England. NMRN shares the ambitious vision which the council has for the town and the site represents a fantastic opportunity to create a tourist attraction of national and international importance.

“Since HMS Trincomalee became a full subsidiary of NMRN, we’ve established a firm foothold in Hartlepool and everyone is looking forward to building on the huge opportunities which exist.”