Hartlepool officials face the public

Senior representatives from the Safer Hartlepool Partnership face questions from the public.
Senior representatives from the Safer Hartlepool Partnership face questions from the public.
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AROUND 70 residents attended a meeting in Hartlepool to air their views to police, fire and council officials to help shape the town’s community safety priorities.

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership’s held its Face the Public event at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

It was chaired by Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of Hartlepool Council and Chair of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.

Questions from the public were fielded by Chief Superintendent Gordon Laing of Cleveland Police, Steve McCarten of Cleveland Fire Brigade and Barry Coppinger, Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Issues ranged from neighbourhood policing, anti-social behaviour, hate crime, ambulance response times, police response times, late night drinking and inconsiderate parking.

Coun Akers-Belcher talked about the partnership’s achievements over the last year and a presentation was given by Community Payback initiative.

He said: “It is really important to listen to local people and we can then shape our future plans to meet people’s priorities.”

“There were some excellent questions and I can assure everyone that all of the comments and ideas put forward will be considered by the various Partnership organisations represented.”