Residents’ group

A call has gone out to encourage Throston residents to join the estate's Residents' Group. Pictured, from left, are: Councilor Keith Dawkins, Residents' Group members Linda Parker and Joan Norman, along with council neighbourhood development officer Ann Callaghan.
A call has gone out to encourage Throston residents to join the estate's Residents' Group. Pictured, from left, are: Councilor Keith Dawkins, Residents' Group members Linda Parker and Joan Norman, along with council neighbourhood development officer Ann Callaghan.
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Have your say

RESIDENTS are invited along to a meeting to have their say as a recently-launched group bids to build its numbers.

Although not officially registered, the Throston Residents’ Group formed earlier this year giving people the chance to air any concerns they have about the area.

The group, which meets once a month, is now looking for more members as it seeks to apply for funding and hopes for an official launch.

It already has the backing of Jesmond ward councillor Keith Dawkins and people are encouraged to attend the next meeting to be held next Wednesday, August 28 at Throston Youth Centre, in Wiltshire Way from 5.15pm.

Ann Callaghan, Hartlepool Borough Council neighbourhood development officer for the north and coastal areas of the town, said: “The group is hoping to attract some more people to get involved so it can get bigger and start to apply for funding and hold events and fundraisers.

“Meetings have been held this year and people have raised their concerns.

“Some of the more common concerns so far have been dog fouling in the area and people worried about the future of the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

“But these meetings give residents the chance to speak about their concerns in the area, however big or small.”

Police community support officers and various organisations have attended the meetings the group has held so far.

Ann and the group’s regulars are now hoping even more residents will attend future meetings, held on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Other concerns voiced so far include speeding in Throston Grange Lane and small instances of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Ann added: “Like anywhere in the town, there are always some issues which are concerning residents and this is a chance to have your say.”

For more information about the group or future meetings call Ann on (01429) 523388.