Calls for Seaton Carew street tribute to former Hartlepool councillor Cath Hill

Cath Hill with former Hartlepool mayor Stuart Drummond
Cath Hill with former Hartlepool mayor Stuart Drummond

CALLS have been made for a lasting tribute to a former councillor who sadly lost her cancer battle in the form of a street being named after her.

Independent councillor Cath Hill, who represented the Seaton Carew ward in Hartlepool, sadly died at home at the beginning of February, surrounded by her family.

Seaton Carew councillors Paul Thompson and Kath Hill at the Seaton Meadows landfill site.

Seaton Carew councillors Paul Thompson and Kath Hill at the Seaton Meadows landfill site.

Councillors, friends and former colleagues were quick to pay their respects to popular Cath - labelling her a “fantastic ambassador” for the town.

Now former ward colleague and friend, independent councillor Paul Thompson, has called for a street to be named after Coun Hill as part of the new housing developments set to be built in Seaton.

The plans will see new houses in Elizabeth Way helping to fund the purchase and demolition of the Longscar Hall - subject to it being compulsory purchased - as well as further improvements to Seaton Front.

Hartlepool Borough Council is working with the Esh Group on the multi-million pound regeneration plans.

Coun Thompson said: “In the circumstances, I think it would be a fitting gesture for the council to consider naming one of the streets on the new housing development after Coun Hill in recognition of her long years of service to a community she dearly loved.”

Coun Thompson has also praised the work done by previous elected mayor Stuart Drummond in helping to get the Seaton Carew regeneration plans off the ground.

He added: “I know Stuart was always determined to rid Seaton of the eyesore Longscar Hall and saw it as being top of his list of grotspots and Cath was always there helping to push the plans along.

“It is only right that both the former Mayor and Coun Hill receive due recognition for their efforts as well as all of the council officers who have put so much hard work into this.”

Coun Hill first became a councillor 19 years ago and the mum-of-one and grandmother-of-two had managed to beat the disease around eight years ago and went into remission, but she became ill again last summer.

The 76-year-old spent her final days with her family from Hartlepool, and others who had travelled from as far away as New York and Ireland to be by her side.

The big Hartlepool United fan, was born in London and grew up in Ireland before making Hartlepool her home where she worked as a youth worker at the Bridge and Manor Youth Centres until she retired in the 1990s.