PUBLIC sector workers in Hartlepool have joined thousands of other local authority staff from up and down the country in a day-long strike.
Workers could be seen with banners and flags outide of the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, and also outside of the Hartlepool Borough Council buildings at the bottom of the town’s Church Street.
Teachers are also included in the strike with a number of Hartlepool schools closed for the day.
Certain areas of the town will also be without green and brown bin collections as bin men take part in the walk out as part of a battle against the Government over pay and other conditions.
There will be no catch-up collections either, meaning residents will have to wait until their next normal collection, which is in two weeks, before their green bin and brown bin is emptied.
Recycling collections were not said to be affected.
The Household Waste Recycling Centre in Burn Road was to be closed, but is set to re-open at 8am tomorrow, on Friday, July 11, should residents wish to take household waste/recyclable materials.
The Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, is closed to the public, but some staff are on hand to deal with telephone calls and urgent queries.
People who were planning to pay their Council Tax bill at the Civic Centre cash office on Thursday can instead use the telephone self-service on (0300) 1230703, or can pay at post offices, or Pay Point outlets.
Those wishing to cash cheques are advised that the Civic Centre cash office will re-open at 9am tomorrow on Friday, July 11.
A number of other council buildings will be closed to the public including Sir William Gray House, Warren Road Day Centre, Havelock Centre for Independent Living, Burbank Community Centre, Masefield Road Community Centre and all libraries.
The Borough Hall will be closed during the day, but will open tonight for the English Martyrs School concert.
In terms of leisure facilities, the only facilities to close are Mill House Leisure Centre and Headland Sports Hall.
Also, some GP referral sessions will not take place due to the closure of facilities.
The Dog Warden service was also shut.
Stray dogs can, however, be taken to Stray Aid Kennels, Coxhoe, but people should phone (0300) 9994247 in advance.
Another facility to be hit by the strike action is the Outdoor Market in the town centre which will not operate.
The situation varies for schools, and the Mail is providing a list of whether they are closed, open, or partially open.
• Fens Primary School,
• Golden Flatts Primary School,
• Grange Primary School,
• Greatham Primary School,
• Kingsley Primary School,
• Rift House Primary School,
• Rossmere Primary School,
• St Aidan’s Primary School,
• St Helen’s Primary School,
• Ward Jackson Primary School,
• West Park Primary School,
• West View Primary School.
• Dyke House Sports and Technology College,
• Barnard Grove Primary School,
• Brougham Primary School,
• Catcote School,
• High Tunstall College of Science,
• Holy Trinity Primary School,
• Lynnfield Primary School,
• Owton Manor Primary School,
• Springwell School,
• Stranton Primary School,
• St Bega’s,
• St Cuthbert’s Primary School,
• Throston Primary School.
• Seaton Carew Nursery,
• Sacred Heart.
• Clavering Primary School,
• Hart Primary School,
• Eldon Grove Primary School,
• English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College,
• Jesmond Gardens Primary School,
• Manor College of Technology,
• Pupil Referral Unit,
• St Hild’s School,
• St Joseph’s Primary School,
• St Peter’s Elwick Primary School,
• St Teresa’s Primary School.
• St John Vianney Primary School.
Adult Education courses are expected to operate as normal apart from a drop-in session at Owton Manor Community Centre which is cancelled.
Meanwhile, Throston Youth Project and Rossmere Youth Centre will be both closed.
Chatham Children’s Centre, Miers Children’s Centre, St Helen’s Children Centre and The Link in Lealholme Road will all be closed.
Although Hindpool Children’s Centre and Rift House Children’s Centre will not be open for children’s centre services, Kiddikins day care and Footprints day care will continue to be provided from these venues.
For urgent enquiries during the strike action day regarding children, young people, families and vulnerable adults, call (01429) 284284 between 8.30am-5pm, or (08702) 402994, out of office hours.
For other emergencies call (01429) 266522, within office hours, or (01429) 869424, out of hours.
Some council employees – particularly those who are not in trades unions – may still come in for work so there may be some departments which can be contacted by telephone or email.
The council’s main switchboard number (01429) 266522 will be in operation.