Hartlepool residents urged to have their say on future of town

Coun Marjorie James and Hartlepool Borough Councils Garry Jones at one of the wildflower sites being planted out.
Coun Marjorie James and Hartlepool Borough Councils Garry Jones at one of the wildflower sites being planted out.

Hartlepool residents have been urged to help shape the future of their town.

The Your Say, Our Future initiative calls on people to air their views, and is running until early September.

Your Say, Our Future is a town-wide conversation about the kind of place we want Hartlepool to be

Gill Alexander

A series of meetings are being held around the town, with the next one taking place at 10am on Saturday at Owton Manor Community Centre, on Wynyard Road.

Residents are also being encouraged to complete a questionnaire.

Hartlepool Borough Council is facing further government cuts of £9.8million over the next three years, but insists it still remains very ambitious about the future.

Gill Alexander, the council’s chief executive, said: “Your Say, Our Future is a town-wide conversation about the kind of place we want Hartlepool to be and how we can work together with local residents to achieve our shared ambitions for the town and local neighbourhoods.”

Coun Marjorie James, chair of the council’s neighbourhood services policy committee, said: “Neighbourhood services will always be vital to the local community but if we can work with residents to increase their effectiveness whilst reducing the burden on the public purse, this has to be welcomed.

“If for example we can reduce the amount of litter that we have to pick up, this would save the council a substantial sum every year.”

Coun James said that the wildflower programme is a prime example of the council adopting a different approach to services while enhancing the town at the same time,

To book a place at a meeting, call 01429 523002 or 523003, or email yoursay@hartlepool.gov.uk.