A bridge too far? Ten Hartlepool bright ideas which never actually happened

They are "ambitious plans" to some and "madcap schemes" to others.

By Gavin Ledwith, Digital Specialist
Wednesday, 27 March, 2019, 14:08
Hartlepool dreams which died

We've dusted down our archives to remember 10 ideas which didn't quite happen in Hartlepool......yet.

The 520ft-long 15m bridge was part of the Victoria Harbour regeneration plan, pictured, and was to be designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor. The idea was scrapped in 2012 after recession bit.
Both were among many suggestions for the failed Jacksons Landing retail outlet before the Marina building was eventually bought in 2013 by Hartlepool Borough Council and later bulldozed. A park is now planned there.
The 100m scheme included a new 3,000-seat stand complete with hotel at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park ground plus an upgraded Mill House swimming pool. Pools' subsequent ownership changes have seen the 2013 plans fade.
A 295m scheme linking Hartlepool with Middlesbrough and Darlington would have seen trams returning to town for the first time since 1927. The idea was ditched by the Tees Valley Partnership on cost grounds in 2004.
Plans for a new hospital to replace Hartlepool and Stockton's existing hospitals were scrapped after the Tory-Lib Dem coalition took office in 2010. Surely more services would therefore remain in town?

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Hartlepool's under-construction Marina was an early favourite to host a new branch of the Imperial War Museum in the late 1990s. Trafford, in Greater Manchester, eventually triumphed with the museum, pictured, opening in 2002.
An ant-eater native to Tanzania was offered to Hartlepool in 1999 as a token of the town's growing links with the African country's Kilimatinde area. Animal experts decided that Eric might not survive in our colder climate.
Mentioned by H'Angus the Monkey, aka Stuart Drummond, in his 2002 campaign to become Mayor of Hartlepool. Rejected on cost grounds after his surprise victory. That's Mayor Drummond, on the right, by the way, the day after his win.
Hartlepool's answer to the 1998 Angel of the North was a proposed giant sculpture of a waste bin close to The Front, Seaton Carew. The idea - like too many for our seaside resort - was soon, erm, binned.
After cinema's renaissance in the 1990s, developers were fighting to build multiplexes in Hartlepool. The former Victoria Road greyhound track was earmarked for one before eventually becoming a Morrisons store, pictured, in 2004.
Among ideas which have materialised in Hartlepool in the last 25 years alone include Hartlepool Historic Quay, housing both HMS Trincomalee and the Royal Navy Museum, pictured, plus Grand Central's direct trains to London.