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 this Thursday, May 22.
Our coverage continues today with the final ward, Victoria.
RESIDENTS and businesses have called for more police patrols at night at the heart of the Victoria Ward.
Murray Street is a popular and busy shopping area but businesses and fed-up residents there want to see more police and police community support officer’s carrying out patrols at night.
Some have also called for more security cameras to be installed and gates to be fixed to all alleyways in the area.
But the mix of people and strong community spirit has been praised by people living in the area.
The Victoria Ward is in line for regeneration with major plans to transform a run-down area.
Hartlepool Borough Council has had long-term plans to demolish the Carr Street and Hopps Street area of town and replace them with new housing for the area.
The majority of the houses are boarded up and the local authority is looking to acquire the houses in order to move the plans forward. As well as private housing, houses are also owned by housing associations Endeavour Housing Association, Housing Hartlepool and NDC Trust.
Residents have previously complained about having to live with problems of damp, rats and crime. Streets to benefit from the work include Carr Street, Rodney Street, Richardson Street, Hopps Street, Jobson Street and Hart Lane.
Roz Fisher is the manager of the British Red Cross charity shop in Murray Street.
The 49-year-old said: “My main focus is on Murray Street because that is where the shop is based and it is not to bad during the day but we do have problems on a night.
“We have had people mooching about round the back. We could do with, and have asked for, alley gates on this side. Everywhere else has them. Also, we could do with more security cameras along here.
“The community spirit is good though in this part of town and all of the businesses look after each other.”
Tariq Rasul, owner of Quidz-In, 47, said: “My concern is for the older people and vulnerable people on a night time.
“We could do with more police and PCSO patrols round here definitely.
“There is a vibrant community though and the spirit is good.”
Susan Horsefield lives in Grosvenor Gardens.
The 66-year-old told the Mail: “We need more police around here at night.
“That is something that could be improved. There would be less young people hanging around though if they had more things to do, there is Ward Jackson Park but there could be more to keep them busy.
“There is a good selection of shops here though and everyone keeps an eye out.”