Council looks at upgrading Hartlepool Marina lighting after complaints

Tom Cherry on the Marina promenade
Tom Cherry on the Marina promenade

COUNCIL bosses are looking to improve lighting along a popular stretch of Hartlepool Marina.

Hartlepool Borough Council is responding to complaints about a stretch of lights at the marina quayside, close to the Old West Quay.

The lights were installed in 1998, but are not on council-owned land and efforts to identify who is responsible have been unsuccessful.

Several of the lights along the 23 columns have the lantern top missing or have been damaged by the weather and lack of maintenance and are set to be replaced with more energy efficient LED lights.

Lighting problems have long been a bug bear of town resident Tom Cherry, a dad-of-three who lives in the nearby Ensign Court. Councillors will now meet to discuss plans.

Alastair Smith, assistant director of neighbourhoods, said: “The lights are located close to the quayside on a popular walking route to and from facilities on the marina. When the lights are inoperable there is a potential safety risk to residents and visitors alike.” The estimated cost is £3,000 to be funded from the street lighting revenue budget. If the land owner is discovered costs will be recovered. The neighbourhood services committee meets Monday, July 14 at 9.30am.