EVERYBODY needs good neighbours.
And the close-knit Belle Vue neighbourhood, in Hartlepool, is welcoming even more thanks to a multi-million pound housing investment scheme.
Housing Hartlepool, which is part of Vela Group, is transforming the Belle Vue estate by building around 100 homes, comprising two, three and four bedroomed houses and some bungalows, which will be available for sale, rent and shared ownership as part of a £12m scheme.
To celebrate the project a fun-filled community funday was organised which saw scores of youngsters and adults soak up the atmosphere – and the sunshine.
Activities included face painting, bingo, craft stalls, refreshments, pony rides and information stalls. There was also a bouncy castle, climbing wall and fairground rides while Hartlepool Hawks cheerleading group put on an action-packed display.
To mark the official opening of the new show home, long-term local resident Bob Farrow joined Hartlepool MP Iain Wright to open the new show home and kick-start the action-packed neighbourhood funday.
Bob, who has lived in the community since he was a young boy and was born in Borrowdale Street, said: “These fantastic homes have exceeded expectations. Hartlepool residents, including me, have been closely following the progress of the new homes and it is great to see them become a reality.
“I am sure the people who decide to live in them will be very happy in such pleasant surroundings.”
Mr Wright said: “Housing Hartlepool is to be commended for the quality of the properties and their fixtures and fittings. The provision of affordable homes that meet local needs will make a real difference to Hartlepool.”
Cath Purdy, Vela Group chief executive, said: “These environmentally friendly and economical to run homes are being built to the highest standards. An integral part of the project is the creation of a pleasant neighbourhood with open spaces for people of all ages to enjoy.”
As part of the celebrations, a Good Neighbours’ Day was held around the Belle Vue Community Centre in Kendal Road.
Irene Cross, neighbourhood development officer with Hartlepool Borough Council, which was a partner organiser of the neighbourhood funday, said: “It was brilliant to see so many people coming along to enjoy themselves as that is what good neighbourhoods are all about.
“It was a hive of activity and a really successful day.”
The family fun day was sponsored by Housing Hartlepool and organised in conjunction with other partner agencies including Hartlepool Borough Council, the Belle Vue Centre, Endeavour Housing Association, and the Guinness Trust.