Have your say on Seaton resort revamp plans

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PEOPLE are urged to have their say on the proposed first phase of a multi-million pound scheme to revitalise a seaside resort.

Hartlepool Borough Council has appointed North-East construction company Esh Group as its preferred developer to work with on the long-term project for Seaton Carew.

The scheme involves proposals for new housing, improvements to community facilities and major regeneration of the main seafront area, including leisure attractions and a shopping and business area.

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The first proposed phase, which it is anticipated would be carried out this year, would be the building of about 30 new houses on land in Elizabeth Way.

Two drop-in consultation events are being held to enable people to comment on the Elizabeth Way proposals.

They will take place in Seaton Carew Community Centre, in Elizabeth Way, on Thursday, June 21, from 11am to 8pm and Tuesday, June 26, from 3pm to 8pm.

Among the other initial proposals for Seaton’s regeneration are:

● The creation of an open air performance and events space plus a tourist information centre/café on the land behind the bus station.

● The purchase and demolition of the Longscar Centre building on the seafront. The site would be used for a small-scale development featuring units for shops and businesses fronting onto a landscaped “market square”.

● The creation of water play and mini golf areas on the seafront as well as beach chalets.

● Construction of up to 140 new houses in a range of styles on vacant land at the junction of Coronation Drive and Warrior Drive.

● Building up to about 30 new homes on the old fairground site on the seafront.

● Further improvements to Seaton’s sea defences, promenade and overall environment.

The proposals will all be subject to future detailed public consultation.

Depending on the results of the consultation and further detailed site investigation, the sale of the new houses could possibly generate up to £5m to fund the regeneration project, which would be spread over a number of years.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “These exciting ideas would massively enhance Seaton Carew for residents and visitors. But if they are to become a reality we need to ensure that they have the support of local people.

“I hope therefore that as many people as possible will take part in the consultation events, to give us their views on and help shape these initial proposals.” Geoff Woodcock, developments director at Esh Group, said: “These proposals are a great starting point – they are workable and offer real opportunities. Now we would like to hear what people think of them.

“Consultation is hugely important to us in any development. We take feedback from local people and aim to refine and develop the proposals to reflect their views.

“We are very much looking forward to meeting lots of people and hearing their thoughts.”

Anyone who is unable to attend one of the consultation sessions, but would like more information about the project should contact Andrew Golightly on (01429) 284099 or email andrew.golightly@hartlepool.gov.uk