Hartlepool residents show pride in their neighbourhood

STANDING TALL: Residents show pride in their neighbourhood.
STANDING TALL: Residents show pride in their neighbourhood.

RESIDENTS showed their pride in their neighbourhood by taking part in the latest session of an ongoing campaign to improve Hartlepool.

The Fens and Rossmere ward was the focus of the ‘Respect Your Neighbourhood’ initiative which is led by Hartlepool Council but involves other key organisations including the Police, Fire Brigade and housing providers under the banner of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership.

It involves a full day of action in a particular area of town one day a month aimed at improving local neighbourhoods. All 11 borough wards are being made the focus of the campaign on a rotation basis. The Respect initiatives include fining people for littering, dog fouling and fly tipping, tackling anti-social behaviour, clamping down on irresponsible landlords, home fire safety checks and removing untaxed vehicles. Prior to the day of action, the key organisations involved work with the ward councillors and members of the public to help identify issues which need addressing.

A key focus of the day of action was centred around Rossmere Park, where work was done by the council’s Outreach Team and the Police to tackle residents’ concerns about anti-social behaviour by young people during the evening and at night.

The council also carried out environmental work in the park such as cutting back undergrowth.

Housing group Thirteen checked for any issues in its properties in the area between Callander Road and Torquay Avenue, the Fire Brigade raised awareness of fire safety and the Police and the Outreach Team tackled anti-social behaviour by children at the rear of the shops in Owton Manor Lane.

Councillor Peter Jackson, chair of the Council’s Neighbourhood Services committee, said: “Once again, the Respect campaign is targeting the issues which are of concern to local residents.

“The large majority of people in the Fens and Rossmere area have respect for their local area and their neighbours.

“Our target is the small minority who do not, and together with our partner organisations we are determined that they won’t spoil it for others.”