Long list of strike closures revealed

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A COUNCIL has revealed a long list of services that will be closed tomorrow when a day of public sector strikes hit Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Borough Council is being forced to close sites across the town during the national walkout over pensions.

All Hartlepool schools will be closed, along with all council-run museums, art galleries, sports and leisure centres, libraries (including the home library and library bus services) and day centres will be closed.

The civic centre, in Victoria Road, will be closed to the public, but some staff will be available to deal with urgent queries.

The council’s other main administrative buildings – including Bryan Hanson House, Sir William Gray House, the Education Development Centre and the Neighbourhood Services Office in Church Street will also be closed to the public, although the Learning and Skills service in Victoria Buildings will be open as normal.

Bevan House will be open, but will only be providing a minimal service in relation to urgent situations involving children.

Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience (HME) will be closed, although there will be public access to HMS Trincomalee and also to the HME’s function rooms for pre-arranged private bookings. The Town Hall Theatre will also be closed, except for pre-arranged private bookings.

All community centres will be closed, apart from certain pre-arranged private bookings.

Residents are also asked not to put their wheelie bins out on Wednesday as there will be no refuse collection and the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Burn Road will be closed.

In terms of recycling, there will be no brown bin or white bag collections, but blue box and blue bag collections will not be affected.

There will be no catch-up collections – residents should wait until their next normal collection or in the meantime use the Household Waste Recycling Centre, in Burn Road, from December 1 onwards.

If your usual collection day is any day other than tomorrow, your collections will be unaffected.

There will be a varied effect on the council’s children’s centres. Chatham House Children’s Centre will be open to the public, but its nursery will be closed.

Hindpool Children’s Centre, Lynnfield Centre, Miers Avenue Children’s Centre, Stranton Centre and Throston Children’s Centre will all be open to the public, although some of their services may be affected.

However, the Rift House, Rossmere and St John Vianney Children’s Centres will be closed and the Oscars after school clubs will also not be operating.

In terms of youth centres, Throston Youth Project and Rossmere Youth Centre will be open but Brinkburn Youth Centre will be closed and the Detached Youth Service and the Mobile Youth Service will both be operating a reduced service.

In the council’s Public Protection division, a very limited service will be operating covering food, health, safety at work and trading standards.

But there will be no service available for licensing, environmental protection and pest control.

All council-run public car parks will be open, but people are advised that the lifts in the multi-storey car park will not be operating.

There’s the possibility that some council employees will still go in to work, so there may be a skeleton staff in some departments.

The council’s main switchboard number (01429) 266522 will be in operation.

People who were planning to pay bills at the Civic Centre cash office on Wednesday can instead use the telephone self-service on 0300 1230 703 or can pay at post offices or Pay Point outlets.

For urgent enquiries during the strike action day regarding adult social care and child protection, please call (01429) 523872 (office hours 8.30am-5pm) or 08702 402994 (out of office hours).