Council bosses defend spending on troubled Hartlepool street

Baden Street.
Baden Street.

SENIOR officers say funding spent on turning around the fortunes of a troubled street represents “good value for money”.

Hartlepool Borough Council has so far spent around £58,000 on the pilot scheme in Baden Street, off Elwick Road, which had become a target for thieves, vandals and arsonists.

Over the past two years, the council has been working closely with private landlords and agents and since then there has been a 29 per cent reduction in the recorded crime and a 50 per cent reduction in incidents of recorded anti-social behaviour.

The council’s regeneration services committee met to discuss the scheme, which could be rolled out to other areas, and had an original budget of £215,000.

Damien Wilson, assistant director of regeneration, said: “To date, there has been revenue expenditure of £8,000 and capital expenditure of £35,000 plus commitments of £15,000 to support the activities.

“Based on these figures so far it appears the scheme is proving good value for money.”

The street is also no longer classed as a ward priority by the neighbourhood police team in terms of resources and the CCTV has been improved, locks on the alley gates changed, the road resurfaced and landlords encouraged to carry out work.

When the original business case was prepared there were 22 empty properties, but a quarter have been brought back into use.