Have your say on Hartlepool’s future

From the left are Ronnie Graham of Ryder Architecture, Richard Newsome, Project Manager with GVA Grimely; Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council; Denise Ogden, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods with Hartlepool Council and Damien Wilson, Assistant Director (Regeneration) with Hartlepool Council
From the left are Ronnie Graham of Ryder Architecture, Richard Newsome, Project Manager with GVA Grimely; Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council; Denise Ogden, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods with Hartlepool Council and Damien Wilson, Assistant Director (Regeneration) with Hartlepool Council

PEOPLE are being urged to have a say on the future of Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Borough Council is behind the ambitious Regeneration Masterplan which forms part of the Hartlepool Vision to revitalise the centre of Hartlepool, spark the town’s wider regeneration and lay the foundations for its future prosperity.

GVA Grimely, the UK’s largest independent commercial property firm, are working alongside the council to help deliver the Masterplan which outlines what can be achieved on specific sites within the Marina, Hartlepool Waterfront and the wider town centre.

People can learn more about the plan at a ‘drop-in’ session will be held at Hartlepool College of Education, Stockton Street, today between 1pm and 2pm.

Councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of the Regeneration Services Committee, said: “Despite the huge financial constraints being placed on the council by the Government, we remain extremely optimistic about the town’s future and have a clear vision for what we want to achieve.

“I think the proposals set out in the Regeneration Masterplan are well thought out, realistic and have the potential to significantly improve our town.

“However, what is more important is what local people think and we now want to hear from residents and the business community to let us know whether they think we have got this right.”

Residents have already given their backing to the Masterplan following an earlier consultation when 94 per cent of residents agreed the council is on the right track with what it is trying to achieve.

The Masterplan lists a number of priority projects which it suggests the council should pursue. They include:

•Working with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) to develop a tourist attraction of national and international significance in the heart of the Marina. This could include the NMRN incorporating the former Jacksons Landing building as part of any future development.

•Major improvements to the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre including improved frontages onto Victory Square and relocating the Mill House Leisure Centre alongside the shopping centre.

•Improved connectivity, including major improvements to Church Street, to link the shopping centre, Church Street and the Marina.

•The creation of a ‘skills quarter’ in the Church Street area – including the building of a new Hartlepool College of Art & Design – to help attract students from far and wide.

People have until Thursday, February 12, to air their views. There is an online questionnaire at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/masterplanconsultation

Alternatively, visit the Civic Centre or Central Library where there will be information and questionnaires.

For further information, contact Rob Smith at the council on (01429) 523531 or email: rob.smith@hartlepool.gov.uk

After comments have been taken onboard from the consultation, the Masterplan is expected to be finalised in March 2015.