Drivers warned against using children’s play area as a shortcut in Hartlepool

The grassed area between Chaucer Avenue and Oxford Road which motorists are using as a shortcut
The grassed area between Chaucer Avenue and Oxford Road which motorists are using as a shortcut

POLICE and council bosses are warning motorists after receiving complaints about irresponsible drivers using a grassed children’s play area as a shortcut.

A number of concerned residents have spotted motorists driving over the grassed area between Chaucer Avenue and the top of Oxford Road, in the town, which is home to a play area for children.

Officers and local authority chiefs are now investigating the matter and looking at preventative measures to stop drivers taking the potentially dangerous shortcut. Police are urging residents to report motorists who continue to take the shortcut and are warning they will take appropriate action against offenders.

A council spokesman said: “We have received complaints of vehicles using the grassed area between Oxford Road and Chaucer Avenue as a short cut. This is highly irresponsible as this is a grassed area with a playground nearby.

“We are working closely with the police to address the issue and urge the public to report any vehicles using the grassed area.”

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman added: “Measures to prevent drivers from taking this shortcut are being looked at. We want to warn drivers against taking this shortcut and ask anyone who witnesses drivers using the grassed area as a shortcut to identify them.”

Neighbourhood police officers sent letters out to residents detailing the situation and urging people who see drivers taking the cut through to contact the Community Safety Office, in 173 York Road or call (01429) 855560.