Picnic area set up to help improve tourism at historic Hartepool church

The new picnic tables at Hart Church are proving to be very popular with visitors.

The new picnic tables at Hart Church are proving to be very popular with visitors.

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Amenities for residents and tourists have been improved at one of Hartlepool’s most historic churches thanks to the support from their three ward councillors.

Hart Ward councillors Jean Robinson, David Riddle and Paul Beck have all contributed £300 from their ward member budget to fund a scheme at St Mary Magdalene Church in Hart Village to create a new picnic area much to the delight of church representatives.

The scheme, which has just been completed, has involved transforming an area adjacent to the church to create a new paved area with two picnic tables with seating for around sixteen people.

Church warden Bob Johnson said: “The picnic area was completed recently and already has seen much use by walkers and visitors to the area.

“It is a very welcome and much-needed asset to the village and without the donations from ward councillors; the project would not have been possible.

“The tables are made from re-cycled plastic and should last indefinitely.”

Councillor Jean Robinson said: “Everyone involved in Hart Church works so hard to preserve one of the town’s most historic assets and I had no hesitation in contributing some of my ward budget to support this scheme.”

Fellow ward councillor David Riddle added: “I’m really privileged to be in a position to support the project. The new tables look fantastic.”

Councillor Paul Beck commented: “This is a fantastic project and it has made such a difference to the area surrounding the church. It will benefit the local community and visitors to the Saxon church and has made a huge difference.”

During 2015/16, all Hartlepool councillors are allocated a budget of £4,000 to help support local schemes of their choice.