Loading bay set to be shortened

A LOADING bay which has divided opinion among residents and businesses is to be shortened.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee has agreed to shorten the loading bay in Raby Road, outside shops opposite Cameron Road, so one instead of two vehicles can use it.

Residents had initially called for the bay to be removed because they had difficulty when driving out of Cameron Road.

Stagecoach had also reported delays as a result of parked vehicles.

But it helped local businesses, including the Post Office and Baby Blessings, for loading and unloading so officers held meetings with representatives from Addison, Belk and Cameron Road Residents’ Association.

It was suggested shortening the existing two-car bay would improve turning manoeuvres and removing the space from the southern end of the bay would allow turning vehicles space to pull in, rather than be in the middle of the road.

Baby Blessings backed the solution and the move was confirmed by the council committee, chaired by Labour councillor Peter Jackson.

Coun Jackson said: “It is good to see that the residents and the businesses are working together.”