Hartlepool families urged to take pride in where they live

CAMPAIGN: From left, Councillors Stephen Akers-Belcher, Marjorie James and Allan Barclay and projects officer Kate Ainger stencil dog fouling warnings.

CAMPAIGN: From left, Councillors Stephen Akers-Belcher, Marjorie James and Allan Barclay and projects officer Kate Ainger stencil dog fouling warnings.

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COUNCILLORS headed to a Hartlepool housing estate as part of an ongoing ‘respect’ campaign – to make residents take pride in their area.

The Manor House Ward, particularly the Rift House area, was the latest focus of the Respect Your Neighbourhood initiative.

The majority of people in the Manor House Ward have respect for their local area and their neighbours - our target is the small minority who don’t

Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher

Hartlepool Borough Council, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade take part in the scheme, under the banner of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.

It involves a full day of action in a particular area of town one day a month aimed at improving local neighbourhoods.

Prior to the day, the organisations involved work with the ward councillors and members of the public to help identify issues which need tackling.

Throughout this year, all 11 wards in Hartlepool will once again be made the focus of the campaign on a rotation basis.

The Manor House day of action focused on Macaulay Road, Masefield Road, Gulliver Road, Longfellow Walk, Sitwell Walk, Turner Walk, Sinclair Road, Conrad Walk, Lewis Grove, Shaw Grove, Scott Grove, Homer Grove and Huxley Walk.

Activities included:

l A morning patrol of the area by the police and council officials during which one fine and eight warnings were issued for parking offences, and a fine issued for littering;

l Dog fouling warning signs were stencilled onto pavements and stickers fixed to signs and lamp posts;

l Fly-tipping was removed from Gulliver Road and the school field near Turner Walk;

l The area was swept by mechanical cleaners;

l Green spaces were litter-picked and pavements weeded;

l The fire brigade delivered fire safety leaflets to 70 properties and made a number of home fire safety visits.

The day was also timed to coincide with a free bulky household waste collection, funded from budgets of the three ward councillors Allan Barclay, Stephen Akers-Belcher and Marjorie James. Items were collected from over 40 properties.

Councillor Barclay said: “As ward councillors we listen very closely to residents’ views and the day of action was tailored specifically to target the issues which concern them.

“The majority of people in the Manor House Ward have respect for their local area and their neighbours - our target is the small minority who don’t and the day of action sends a clear message to those people that we won’t tolerate them spoiling life for others.”