Hartlepool people urged to take pride in their neighbourhood

From left, Shaun Young of the council's cleansing team, Kate Ainger of the council's community safety and engagement team, antisocial behavior officer Katie Donoghue and Councillor Paul Beck, one of the Hart Ward councillors taking part in the day of action.

From left, Shaun Young of the council's cleansing team, Kate Ainger of the council's community safety and engagement team, antisocial behavior officer Katie Donoghue and Councillor Paul Beck, one of the Hart Ward councillors taking part in the day of action.

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Action has been taken to tackle antisocial behaviour as part of a rolling campaign to ensure that neighbourhoods in Hartlepool take pride in their area.

Respect Your Neighbourhood is led by Hartlepool Borough Council and took place in Hart Ward.

Before the day, bosses worked with the ward councillors and members of the public to help identify issues.

The action focused on the area bordered by Easington Road to the east, West View Road to the north and the southern and western boundary of the Bishop Cuthbert estate.

Many of the issues which have been raised by local residents related to the play area near Hartfields retirement complex – including antisocial behaviour during the night, vandalism and damage to the play equipment and dog fouling – so most of the action concentrated on the play area.

Members of the council’s Antisocial Behaviour Team carried out a letter drop of homes around the area, appealing for information which could be used to identify and take action against those causing the problems.

The results of the letter drop will also be used to help the council and its partners to develop plans to reduce the antisocial behaviour in the long-term.

Damage to the play equipment was reported to the council’s Parks Team for action and is being repaired. The council’s Environmental Enforcement Team patrolled the wider area and put up dog-fouling warning signs and will continue checking the area in the weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, the Cleansing Team carried out a wide range of activities, including litter-picking and cleaning the area with mechanical sweepers.

Councillor Marjorie James, chairwoman of the council’s Neighbourhood Services Policy Committee, said: “We have listened very carefully to the concerns of local residents.

“We simplywon’t tolerate a small minority of people who make other residents’ lives a misery, or who spoil their local area through vandalism, littering or dog fouling.”