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COMMUNITY-SPIRITED volunteers are being urged to come forward to help make a difference to their area.

Hartlepool’s Headland Parish Council has four vacancies for councillors and wants people who are passionate about the area and believe they can help make it better to volunteer for the role.

The council holds a public meeting on the last Tuesday of each month at 6.45pm in the Croft Room at the Borough Buildings, Middlegate.

Items on the agenda may include looking at any planning applications, discussing correspondence and dealing with any concerns raised by residents.

The parish council supports local events such as the annual Heritage Festival and the Headland Carnival. It also organises a Headland in Bloom competition each summer and assists with the finances for the Christmas trees and lights on the Headland.

A spokesman said: “We are working towards the development of a neighbourhood plan.

“Working with Hartlepool Borough Council and the Prince’s Foundation we will be developing a plan which will shape the future of the Headland parish.

“There are four vacancies on the parish council and normally anyone interested in this role would stand for election and, if elected, they would hold their seat for up to four years.

“However when vacancies arise between elections the law allows for the sitting councillors to co-opt. This means that if you qualify you could put yourself forward to become a parish councillor.”

For more information, contact the Parish Office, Borough Buildings, Middlegate, Hartlepool. The office is open on Wednesdays.

 People can also call (01429) 894583 or email headlandparish@btconnect.com

The next public meeting will be on Tuesday, September 25.