AS part of the Mail’s 2014 local elections coverage, we will be focusing on all 11 wards in Hartlepool where seats are up for grabs.
The Mail will be profiling the 49 candidates who want your vote and examining the issues that are affecting local residents ahead of the election on Thursday, May 22.
Our coverage continues with the Jesmond Ward.
REGENERATION work to transform the Jesmond ward is continuing and getting the backing of residents.
Work is progressing well on a major £9m scheme in the Raby Road area of the ward.
A total of 199 houses in Perth Street, Hurworth Street, Grainger Street, Gray Street, Turnbull Street and Raby Road are being knocked down and replaced with 83 new high-quality family homes.
Hartlepool Borough Council is working in partnership with Keepmoat Homes, the Homes and Communities Agency and Housing Hartlepool to re-develop the area.
Meanwhile, houses have come down in the Raby Gardens area as part of a plan which will see 77 properties demolished in Raby Gardens, Raby Road, Chatham Gardens and Chatham Road.
The plans are part of Housing Hartlepool’s Raby Road Gardens East Regeneration programme, which aims to breathe new life into that area of Hartlepool.
Chatham Road overlooks the Headway development which is currently still on-going and, when complete, will have seen 179 new family homes built.
Those properties are replacing almost 300 low-demand, obsolete terraced homes that were demolished on the site in 2007.
The Headway scheme is thanks to a working partnership between Housing Hartlepool, Hartlepool Borough Council and Taylor Wimpey.
Marie Thomson and Alison Johnson are partners in Starvin Marvins, based in Raby Road.
Marie, 33, who lives in Raby Gardens, said: “Parking is a problem along here because people can’t park on the front and the back is always full.
“There are problems with rubbish as well.
“I also think there could be more done to help tackle the problem of the empty shops.”
Alison, 36, of Chatham Square, said: “I think problems around parking is the main issue for us.
“The new housing is an improvement though and we get a lot of trade from the builders and others passing through.”
Mark Johnston, 42, owns Mark Johnston Flooring, based in Raby Road.
Mark, who lives at Seaton Carew, said: “We could so with some help from the council around parking issues.
“Especially as we get two or three wagon deliveries a day. But it is good to be in the middle of a regeneration area and we are benefitting from that.
“This isn’t a bad area and we are on a main road into town.”
Natalie Jaafri, of Milbank Road, Hartlepool, is a mum-of-five and wants to see more for children and young people.
The 34-year-old said: “There definitly needs to be more things for the children to do.
“We have the Annex Community Centre which is good but there needs to be more and I think the council can help.
“The new housing estates are positive for the area.”