Fun way to find out more about £1m plan

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A CONCERT and fun day is to be held to give people the chance to get involved in a major new regeneration scheme that will see £1m spent in their area.

The event is to be held on Hartlepool’s Dyke House School field on Saturday and it is hoped that local people will turn out in force at the Mapleton Road site.

It is being held to raise awareness of the Big Local improvement scheme that has been launched in the Dyke House area with financial support from the Big Lottery Fund.

The 10-year programme is intended to be resident-led, with communities identifying local issues and taking action to address them.

Bosses say there are no specific guidelines for what Big Local funding can be spent on.

John Wren, 35, who lives in Raby Road, is working with a small group of other residents, including Pat White, Peter Robinson, Julie Hetherington, Linda Shields and Mary Fleet, to organise and promote the concert and fun day.

They have joined forces with Hartlepool-based creative arts charity Red Dreams, which is providing the artists and equipment for the concert, and other attractions will include displays by the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleading squad, a jazz band, a bouncy castle, face painting, nail art, raffles, tombola, book sales, information stands and refreshments.

Mr Wren said: “We hope local people will take the opportunity to come along and find out more in a fun, informal setting about how they can get involved in Big Local.

“When you combine Big Local with other regeneration work that is going on in Dyke House, it is clear that the area has massive potential.

“We want local people to realise this and get involved so that the area fulfils this potential in the future.”

The Dyke House Big Local scheme is part of a national programme that aims to bring about lasting changes in 150 disadvantaged areas across England and Wales.

The area, which has a population of around 5,100 people living in just over 2,500 households, was selected after being submitted for inclusion by Hartlepool Borough Council.

It covers the council’s former Dyke House ward as well as Heather Grove, Cameron, Furness and Belk streets and the Greenwood Road estate.

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