A COUNCILLOR believes a project aimed at turning around the fortunes of a troubled street has made real strides in addressing the issues of concern to residents.
The Baden Street project was aimed at slashing levels of crime and anti-social behaviour and to encourage landlords to improve their homes to get more people living there.
Councillor Jonathan Brash represents the Burn Valley ward and, along with residents, helped secure funding for the project which he said is showing “huge progress”.
l Hartlepool Borough Council has purchased seven houses, which are being fully renovated and will be managed by Housing Hartlepool;
l Six houses have made use of the council loan scheme and are being fully renovated;
l Three properties are being renovated independently;
l Two properties have had enforcement action taken against them ensuring the properties will be properly renovated and occupied;
l In the last year anti-social behaviour has been slashed by 50 per cent and crime is down by 29 per cent;
l Maintenance, including road signs and fixtures, has been introduced;
l Full and extensive tenant screening to ensure new tenants in the street will not pose any concerns regarding crime or anti-social behaviour.
Coun Brash, who refers to himself as independent Labour but is classed as independent by the council, said: “It has been a long and difficult process trying to fix the problems of Baden Street and I am delighted that the incredible hard work of council officers and local residents is starting show some real results.
“It is not perfect by a long shot and I, along with local people, will never be satisfied until the job is fully done.
“That said the commitment we have made has meant that 18 properties are being turned around and that decent law-abiding residents will soon be living in them.
“The street is safer, is beginning to look better and is being turned around.”