THE spotlight shone on an area of Hartlepool as part of an ongoing campaign to ensure residents take pride in the place they live.
The ‘Respect Your Neighbourhood’ initiative by Hartlepool Borough Council involves a full day of action in a particular area of town one day a month aimed at improving local neighbourhoods - and this month it was the turn of Seaton Carew.
All 11 wards in the town are being made the focus of the campaign on a rotation basis.
It was launched in February in the Burbank and Longhill Industrial Estate areas when several vehicles were stopped as part of a ‘stop and search’ operation and action was taken against people for littering and dog fouling offences.
The location selected for Seaton Carew’s day of action is Seaton Front, including the beach, promenade and Seaton Park.
Councillor Peter Jackson, chairman of the Neighbourhood Services Committee at the council, which runs the scheme along with representatives from Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire brigade and housing providers under the banner of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “Most people in Hartlepool are proud of their local area and respect it - our target is the small minority who do not and who spoil it for others.
“This campaign is playing an important part in helping to maintain safe, attractive neighbourhoods where people are happy and proud to live.”
The initiative includes fining people for littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping, clamping down on irresponsible landlords, graffiti removal, tackling anti-social behaviour and removing untaxed vehicles.
Prior to the day of action, the key organisations involved work with the ward councillors and members of the public to help identify issues which need tackling.