AS part of the Mail’s 2014 local elections coverage, we will be focusing on all 11 wards in Hartlepool where seats are up for grabs.
The Mail will be profiling the 49 candidates who want your vote and examining the issues that are affecting local residents ahead of the election on Thursday, May 22.
Our coverage launches with the Burn Valley Ward:
THE Burn Valley area has seen major investment over the past couple of years.
The road network has been improved, public gardens revamped and work done to turn around the fortunes of once troubled Baden Street.
But despite investment residents still want to see more done to tackle dog fouling in the Burn Valley Gardens and more done to ease traffic congestion in Elwick Road.
The £275,000 Burn Valley roundabout scheme involved re-modelling the roundabout to improve traffic flows by enabling two vehicles to safely travel around it side-by-side.
Three approach roads, York Road, Blakelock Gardens and Stockton Road were widened where they feed into the roundabout to create two lanes and help reduce queuing at busy times.
The road around the roundabout was rebuilt and new, improved pedestrian crossing islands installed on every approach.
Meanwhile, constractors have also been working on the Burn Valley Gardens Back to Nature scheme which has seen a range of improvements carried out in a £100,000 project has seen a section of the beck re-aligned, improvements to footpaths and lighting.
Baden Street has also seen anti-social behaviour levels cut, new tenants brought in and the council has bought houses to renovate.
George Lancaster, 79, lives in Caledonian Road, with wife Margaret but the pair regularly walk through the Burn Valley gardens and along Elwick Road.
Dad-of-two George, a former heavy goods driver, said: “We enjoy walking through the Burn Valley ward and we don’t really see any problems with dog muck around the Elwick Road area.
“But sometimes dog owners don’t pick it up in Burn Valley Gardens. Other than that Elwick Road is really busy and there is still some problems with traffic issues.”
Margaret, a former shop assistant, said: “I think it is a nice area of town for people to live and work. There are lots of dog walkers in this part of town and one problem is people not picking up their mess in the Burn Valley Gardens.”
Anthony Facchini, 78, from Tristram Avenue, is a former miner, factory worker and also served time in the RAF. He said: “More could be done to help people on the housing market in this part of the town. “The improvements to the junction at Elwick Road and York Road have helped traffic management with the new lay-bys for the buses.”
Neil Collier-Sharp, 50, owns A Secret Garden. He said: “We could certainly do with some help regards the parking in Elwick Road.
“It is so busy and you can see people are always clock watching in the shop because there isn’t enough parking.”