RESIDENTS are urged to have their say about their area of town by getting more involved with the Labour party.
Every ward in Hartlepool has a local Labour Party branch, which is made up of all the members who live in that ward.
The Burn Valley branch is one of the biggest in Hartlepool and its members meet monthly to discuss the issues and concerns of residents with the ward’s two Labour councillors, Jonathan Brash and Ged Hall.
A branch meeting was held this week and more people are being urged to attend in future.
Issues discussed recently include the introduction of 20mph zones, support for St Matthew’s Hall, road re-surfacing, tackling empty properties and the licensing of private landlords.
Sarah Richardson, branch secretary, said: “As a local Labour Party our first priority is doing everything we can to improve the lives of local people and supporting our excellent ward councillors to tackle the concerns of Burn Valley residents.
“We meet every month and I would encourage anyone who wants to get involved to get in touch and we can send them a membership form.
“The Labour Party is committed to defending all parts of our local communities and in Burn Valley we continue to work hard to that end.”
The local branch is now actively looking for new members from the Burn Valley ward to join the party and get involved with the issues facing the area.
The branch meets once a month and is planning to raise awareness of various community issues in the ward over the coming year.
In a joint statement, councillors Jonathan Brash and Ged Hall, who represent Burn Valley, said: “Burn Valley has incredible community spirit, with so many local people willing to get involved in helping their area and as councillors we feel very honoured to represent it.
“The Burn Valley Labour Party are getting more active in the community and are looking for Burn Valley residents to come forward and get involved with the branch and the party.
“Working together we can continue the improvements we have seen in recent years, for every resident in our area.”
For more information about the Labour Party visit www.labour.org.uk/join or contact Coun Brash on 07973 619054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org about future meetings.