£166k boost to improve damaged Hartlepool roads

editorial image

A SERIES of roads across Hartlepool are set to improved after the town won £166,000 new Government cash for repairs.

A total of seven main roads throughout the town will benefit after Hartlepool Borough Council successfully bid for the Department of Transport funding.

That is on top of a £790,000 programme of work to the top priority roads, bus routes, footpaths and cycle lanes under the council’s Local Transport Plan.

The new repair scheme was approved by the council’s neighbourhood services committee. Committee chairman, Councillor Peter Jackson said: “It will make a big difference.

“This money will be used to do work on the roads that are classed as amber priority across the town that have been put forward by officers.”

In March, the council was awarded £131,268 weather repair funding bringing total amount of extra central Government funding received this year to £298,084.

Hartlepool’s case for the new funding was based on how well it scored in addressing potholes.

Alastair Smith, the assistant director for neighbourhoods, said in a report: “Hartlepool Borough Council provided enough evidence in order for our bid to be successful and we were allocated £166,816 from the fund.

“As has been the case with previous government grants earmarked for pothole repairs, it is proposed that the money is used to enhance the highway maintenance programme to resurface full lengths or large sections of roads in the town.”

The roads the cash will be spent on are:

l Park Road between Eldon Grove and Belmont Avenue;

lElwick Road between Caroline Street and Powell Street;

lFernwood Road from Greta Avenue to Heathfield Drive;

lPowlett Road service road;

lGrange Road between Mulgrave Road and Tankerville Street;

lMarsh House Lane in Greatham;

lWarren Road from Winterbottom Avenue to the dual carriageway.