Help shape your neighbourhood

RESIDENTS are being urged to help shape their local neighbourhood at meetings this week.

Hartlepool Borough Council has recently revised its neighbourhood areas from three to two.

The boundaries are identical to the police, ensuring that there is a co-ordinated approach to tackling neighbourhood issues by the two public organisations.

The North and Coastal area neighbourhood team covers the new borough wards of Headland and Harbour, De Bruce, Jesmond, Hart and Seaton while the South and Central team covers the new borough wards of Burn Valley, Foggy Furze, Fens & Rossmere, Manor House, Victoria and Rural West. Neighbourhood Forum meetings are held quarterly and give residents the opportunity to ask questions about local issues affecting them, raise any concerns and to find out more about what is happening or planned for their area.

The next meetings are as follows:

l South & Central Neighbourhood Forum, tomorrow, between 10am and 1pm in the Civic Centre;

l North & Coastal Neighbourhood Forum, tomorrow, 3 between 2pm and 5pm, also in the Civic Centre.

At the meetings there will be an update from the fire brigade and local police will also be present to answer any questions.

There will also be information about two council scrutiny investigations – one focussing on the environment and its impact on people’s well-being and the other looking at the help and support people need to prepare them for employment.

The North & Coastal forum is chaired by Labour councillor Mary Fleet and the South & Central forum by Labour councillor Kevin Cranney.

For further information about North & Coastal, contact neighbourhood manager David Frame on (01429) 523034 or email

For further information about South & Central, contact neighbourhood manager Clare Clark on (01429) 855560 or email