Give your views on Hartlepool Vision plans

VISION: Ambitious ideas for Hartlepool
VISION: Ambitious ideas for Hartlepool

PEOPLE will be able to have their say on ambitious plans for Hartlepool when a consultation exercise is launched at the weekend.

Hartlepool Borough Council is behind the Regeneration Masterplan which forms part of the Hartlepool Vision to revitalise the centre of Hartlepool, and spark the town’s regeneration.

GVA, the UK’s largest independent commercial property firm, beat off stiff competition to land the key role in helping the council deliver the Masterplan which covers the town’s Marina and waterfront areas.

The first step in an extensive consultation exercise with residents, businesses, land owners, developers and other key groups will start at the weekend with a telephone survey involving around 500 residents living in Hartlepool and the surrounding areas.

They will be asked a series of questions about shopping, the town centre and leisure – three areas identified by the council as key to the town’s future success.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “The views of local residents are extremely important to us.

“I sincerely hope that those who are contacted take the opportunity to participate in the survey and have their say.”

Richard Newsome, an associate in GVA’s Newcastle office, added: “The telephone survey will only take about five minutes to complete and forms part of the consultation process.”

“It will be followed by surveys in the town centre within the next few weeks and everyone in the town will be given the opportunity to get involved and air their views on how they think Hartlepool should be developed over the next 20 years, added Mr Newsome.”

Consultation will continue over the summer months and the first draft of the Masterplan is expected to be completed towards the end of this year.