HARTLEPOOL’S Manor House Ward was the focus of an ongoing campaign to ensure that local neighbourhoods prosper and residents take pride in the area where they live.
The ‘Respect Your Neighbourhood’ initiative is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but involves other key organisations including the police, fire brigade and housing providers under the banner of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.
It involves a full day of action in a particular area of town one day a month aimed at improving local neighbourhoods. All eleven borough wards will be included in the campaign.
The Respect initiatives include fining people for littering, dog fouling and fly tipping, tackling anti-social behaviour, clamping down on irresponsible landlords and removing untaxed vehicles.
Prior to the day of action, the key organisations involved work with the ward councillors and members of the public to help identify issues which need tackling.
The locations selected for the day of action in the Manor House Ward included the area around St Patrick’s Shops, which has been the scene of arson incidents and anti-social behaviour.
Other activities included anti-dog fouling inspections and checks for uncontrolled dogs in the green areas between Owton Manor Lane and Wynyard Road, school litter patrols at the Wynyard and St Patrick’s Shops and the ‘K’ Block, action on abandoned or incorrectly stored domestic bins, tidying up of undergrowth, home fire safety checks and warning letters sent to residents identified as causing noise disturbance.