Trust looking to regenerate town

NDC Trust members (left tio right) Andrew Peat , Cheryl Hill and Malcolm Walker
NDC Trust members (left tio right) Andrew Peat , Cheryl Hill and Malcolm Walker

BOSSES at a regeneration trust have called on more residents to take advantage of the services they offer.

The NDC Trust is the successor to Hartlepool New Deal for Communities (NDC) and it has a range of projects including a painting and home security programme.

The painting scheme aims to paint the front doors and window sills of around two hundred properties, between Raby Road and the West View area, over the coming months to improve the areas.

Work is currently being carried out in Belk Street, Cameron Road and Furness Street and people can take advantage by calling the trust.

Meanwhile, the security project aims to boost safety at the homes of burglary and domestic violence victims free of charge.

Other residents can also pay a small fee for the materials and a joiner will come and fix new locks and chains.

The trust, which is currently undergoing a major restructure, also owns the former Melbourne Hotel, in Stockton Road, which is currently being renovated, several houses and former community centre The Oz, in Osborne Road.

Work on the run-down hotel is well underway and the new venue is set to open its doors in early September.

The revamp is being carried out by trainees on the Opening Doors project which offers first hand experience in the construction industry.

As well as modernising facilities for business conferences, the rebranded hotel will also have eight en-suite double bedrooms and a revamped restaurant.

The NDC Trust is temporarily based at the Belle Vue Community Centre, in Kendal Road, but staff members will soon move to the hotel.

Company secretary Cheryl Hill said: “If we can start making money from the hotel then we can start to put that back into the community on regeneration projects.

“The reason for the restructure is because we want to grow into other areas and to provide services for people across Hartlepool.

“We want to do what we can to help regenerate the town and if anybody wants to get involved then give us a call.

“There are still places available on the boards, while the Opening Doors project is always taking people on.”

Hartlepool NDC was one of 39 similar initiatives across the country.

Each was awarded up to £54m of extra Government funding over a 10-year period and that came to an end in March this year.

For more information call the NDC Trust on (01429) 894046.