HARTLEPOOL ELECTIONS 2014: Issues in the Fens and Rossmere area of Hartlepool

Artistic steel work near Rozzy Plaza skate park on Rossmere Way. Picture by FRANK REID

Artistic steel work near Rozzy Plaza skate park on Rossmere Way. Picture by FRANK REID

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AS part of the Mail’s 2014 local elections coverage, we will be focusing on all 11 wards in Hartlepool where seats are up for grabs.

The Mail will be profiling the 49 candidates who want your vote and examining the issues that are affecting local residents ahead of the election on Thursday, May 22.

Our coverage continues with the Fens & Rossmere ward.

MAJOR housing plans continue to dominate the agenda in the Fens & Rossmere area of Hartlepool.

Persimmon Homes has taken over Yuill Homes’s interest as lead developer for new houses on the South West extension, which could see anywhere up to 2,780 new houses built.

The estate would also include a primary school, a small shopping parade and would be accessed from two main roads, the A689 and Brierton Lane.

Peter Jordan, Persimmon’s divisional strategic land director, recently outlined the plans. The pre-application developer forum was a chance for interested parties to raise any issues ahead of the formal application, which is expected to be submitted by the end of June.

The land, adjacent to the Fens and Owton Manor areas, was previously earmarked for around 2,500 homes and was part of the council’s Local Plan blueprint, which was scrapped. Fens and Greatham residents have previously raised concerns about the scale of the development.

Residents on the streets seemed generally content with life but did want to see more done to improve the busy Catcote Road and make it safer for youngsters.

While the ward is blessed with Rossmere Park and the skate park, in Rossmere Way, some residents did want to see more activities for youngsters.