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 continues with the Rural West Ward.
RESIDENTS living in the vast Rural West Ward have called for better transport links.
Older people in Greatham Village want to see the current bus service improved, while Elwick Village has also suffered from changes to its bus service.
Meanwhile, Persimmon Homes is the lead developer for new houses on the South West extension, which could see anywhere up to 2,780 new houses built on land next to the A689. Greatham Village is on the opposite side of the road but the plans have caused a stir amongst villagers.
The estate would also include a primary school, a small shopping parade and would be accessed from two main roads, the A689 and Brierton Lane.
Aside from some concerns over the south west extension plans, Greatham residents are generally happy with life in the village but have called for better transport links.
They have praised the community spirit within the village.
Meanwhile, plans for 2,000 houses are in the pipeline for the proposed scheme at High Tunstall. mix of housing and amenities such as local shops, a community centre and doctor’s surgery are expected t be included in a planning application that will be submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council.
A new Hartlepool western bypass road could be created as part of the plans.
Resident Martin Lamb is the sub postmaster at Greatham Village Post Office.
The 54-year-old dad-of-two has been sub-postmaster for the past five years and he has called for better transport links in the village.
Martin said: “The transport bus links could certainly be improved. The bus only comes into the village so far and should at least go right down to the bottom at some point during the day.
“There also seems to be a lot of concern about the plans for the south west extension estate but because of the distance from the village it doesn’t concern me too much. Overall, Greatham is a nice quite village with a good community spirit.”
Carol Southwell, 66, of Greatham Village, said: “The bus that does come to the village should go through the village, it doesn’t have to be all of the time but at certain points.
“My first thought on the south west extension was that I couldn’t see what was wrong with it, if people need houses then it is not a bad place to be. But I can’t see how the main road can take any more traffic.”
Former factory worker Eileen Evans, 82 of The Green, is a mum-of-four with eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Eileen said: “Greatham is a lovely place.
“The people are really nice and we have the Greatham Feast and the Christmas Market. We used to have a better bus service but other than that I’m happy.”