Hartlepool’s Headland and Harbour Ward was the latest focus of an ongoing campaign to ensure that neighbourhoods take pride in their area.
‘Respect Your Neighbourhood’ is led by Hartlepool Borough Council but involves other key organisations including the police and fire brigade 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.
Prior to the day, the key organisations involved work with the ward councillors and members of the public to help identify issues which need tackling.
Throughout this year, all 11 borough wards are again being made the focus of the campaign on a rotation basis.
The Headland and Harbour day of action focussed on the area bordered by Cleveland Road to the south, Old Cemetery Road to the north and east and the railway line to the west. The day also included the Headland promenade and Town Moor.
Among the range of activities on the day were:
l A patrol of the area was carried out by the council’s enforcement teams, during which an untaxed vehicle was seized in Beaconsfield Street;
l New metal dog fouling warning signs plus warning stickers were fixed to signs and lamp posts;
l The council’s cleansing team carried out litter picking and mechanical sweeping;
l The council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team carried out a letter drop in Arch Court, Bridgepool Close and Telford Close – about 150 letters were delivered, appealing for information about any anti-social behaviour in the area;
l A number of fly-tipping ‘hotspots’ were investigated, including the former Steetley site, and potential evidence was passed to the police. A number of dumped mattresses and bed bases were removed from Heortnesse Road and other fly-tipping was cleared from Rowell Street on the Headland;
l Cleveland Fire Brigade carried out 21 home fire safety visits and fire safety advice was given to residents.
Councillor Marjorie James, chair of the council’s Neighbourhood Services Policy Committee, said: “The Respect Your Neighbourhood action days tackle the issues which matter to local residents and send a clear message that we won’t tolerate the minority who spoil life for others.
“Swift action was taken on a range of issues in the Headland and Harbour Ward, but some problems take longer to solve. A case in point is the trouble caused by off-road vehicles in the Central Park area, and the Council is working with the police and other partners to develop a long-term solution to the problem.”