Councillor wants scheme rolling out to other areas of town

Councillor Jonathan Brash in Baden Street. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN
Councillor Jonathan Brash in Baden Street. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN

A SENIOR councillor wants to see the pilot scheme rolled out to other areas of Hartlepool experiencing similar problems.

Labour councillor Jonathan Brash, cabinet member for housing and transition, says problems in Baden Street have made life “hell” for law-abiding residents in recent years.

But he has praised the efforts to turn it around and said Hartlepool Borough Council is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and rogue landlords.

The cabinet member for housing and transition, who represents the Burn Valley ward, believes the pilot scheme should be rolled out elsewhere in town.

Coun Brash said: “Anti-social behaviour, coupled with nearly half the properties being empty, means that for the law-abiding and responsible residents both in the street and surrounding area life is being made hell.

“As a council we have a responsibility to act decisively and the Baden Street project, which was developed in conjunction with local residents, does exactly that.

“It combines support with tougher enforcement and ensures that over the coming months the area will improve and residents’ lives will be made better.

“Moreover, this is merely a pilot which I want to see rolled out to every area of Hartlepool where these problems are happening, as part of our tough new approach to empty properties.

“Tara is an integral part of the project, ensuring that there is a direct presence in the community actually listening to people’s views and also implementing the improvements.

“She is working very hard for residents and I know she will do a great job.”

Council officers have previously said they will tackle landlords who do not co-operate and tenants who cause anti-social behaviour.

If necessary, the council has the power to use compulsory purchase orders and empty dwelling management orders to take over problem houses.