PEOPLE are being urged to have their say on a blueprint that will help shape the regeneration of a seaside resort.
The regeneration of Seaton Carew is one of the key priorities of Hartlepool Vision and the aim is to target investment that will enhance the beach and the promenade.
We are confident this will substantially enhance facilities at Seaton for both residents and visitors alike and bring an important boost to the local economy.Councillor Robbie Payne
The blueprint, called the Seaton Carew Masterplan, will form part of the Hartlepool Local Plan and will guide potential investors by identifying which areas can be developed and what type of development will be appropriate.
Councillor Robbie Payne, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said the poject will be a huge boost.
He said: “Seaton Carew is one of Hartlepool’s best-loved areas and the Masterplan sets out some bold and exciting principles to guide its future regeneration.
“We are confident that this will substantially enhance facilities at Seaton for both residents and visitors alike and bring an important boost to the local economy, while at the same time protecting and preserving Seaton’s unique qualities.
“However, we need to know whether people agree with us and whether the Masterplan reflects their aspirations for the area, so it’s vital that as many people as possible take part in the consultation and have their say.”
The Masterplan has three core aims: to create a clean, family-friendly environment, to enhance public amenities, open spaces and facilities for both residents and visitors and to support the economic vibrancy of the area.
The regeneration proposals include residential developments on three Council owned sites on Elizabeth Way, Coronation Drive and the former fairground site.
These developments will release money to fund projects such as a comprehensive redevelopment of The Front, including the creation of family-orientated visitor facilities, a commercial zone, a community complex and an outdoor performance space.
A two-month consultation will start this week and people are encouraged to give their views on the blueprint.
People are invited to complete a survey at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/SeatonSPD, while copies are also available from Seaton Carew and Central libraries and the Civic Centre.
The closing date for the completion of the survey is Friday, May 15.
For more information about the project, contact Rob Smith, the council’s principal regeneration officer, on (01429) 523531.