FRESH concerns have been raised about the state of Hartlepool Marina by the leader of the town’s second largest political party.
Councillor Keith Dawkins, leader of Putting Hartlepool First, said it is fine to have a long-term masterplan for the Marina but says it is equally important to address the “sorry state” of parts of it.
He has called on Hartlepool Borough Council to re-open negotiations with the developers with a view to “stopping any further decline” and for the Wingfield Castle to be repainted.
Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher says all stakeholders including Mandale will have “every opportunity” to take part in the masterplanning of the Marina.
Coun Dawkins said: “We all hope funding can be found to make at least some of the Vision a reality, however in the meantime I believe we must do better to look after what we already have.”
It follows the Mail’s story about Marina visitors giving the once-thriving tourist attraction the thumbs down after concerned business bosses carried out a survey to try and find out why people are staying away, with negative feedback around parking and the general maintenance.
Coun Akers-Belcher said: “All stakeholders, including Mandale, will have every opportunity to participate in the masterplanning of the Waterfront thus negotiations are integral to the success of the critical mass which is part of our regeneration ambition.
“The Wingfield Castle is also part of our maintenance programme.
“The leader of PHF has also been informed of this by me on a number of occasions so he is somewhat behind the times.”