Hartlepool folk urged to have their say on The Rec’s future

Football matches are regularly held at The Rec.

Football matches are regularly held at The Rec.

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Have your say

Hartlepool residents are being urged to share their views to shape the future of a popular recreation ground in the town.

The ground, known as The Rec, is predominantly used by football teams, but Hartlepool Borough Council is working to make the space more community-friendly by providing other recreational opportunities.

The council is working in partnership with Groundwork NE and Cumbria to develop a plan for the future of the Rift House Rec.

Initial proposals have been developed as a starting point for discussion, and local people are being urged to give their views at three drop-in consultation events.

The events will take place at the following venues and times: Tuesday, March 8, 5pm-7pm at the Belle Vue Centre in Kendal Road; Wednesday, March 9, 2.30pm-4.30pm at the Orb Centre in Caledonian Road and Saturday, March 12, 10am to noon at the Belle Vue Centre in Kendal Road.

Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of the council, said: “Rift House Rec is already a popular and well-used place, mainly by local footballers, but it also has a lot of unlocked potential.

“Ideas put forward for discussion include the provision of new changing rooms incorporating a public toilet, the creation of a new community space that could include a track for use by mums with prams/pushchairs, joggers and fun runners, and the installation of new play and outdoor gym equipment.

“These are only ideas for discussion and no decisions have been taken. I would urge people to attend the consultation events and feedback their views on these ideas and put forward their own.”