A new multi-million pound centre in Hartlepool to provide vital services for people with disabilities will provide much needed boost to the local economy in Hartlepool, say council bosses.
Work has started on the Hartlepool Borough Council project to provide the Centre for Independent Living (CIL) on the site of the current Havelock Centre in the Burbank area of town.
The £4m development will result in services from the existing Havelock Centre and Warren Road facility at Oakesway transferring into the state-of-the-art new building which is expected to be completed by late summer 2016.
Coun Carl Richardson, chair of the Adult Services Committee, said: “Despite the severe financial constraints being imposed on the council, we are still managing to secure investment in services and facilities by being creative and innovative.
“There’s no doubt that this facility will provide the very best services for people in our town with disabilities along with vital other facilities for the local community.
Gill Alexander, the council’s chief executive, added: “This building demonstrates our commitment to improving services for people with disabilities as well as providing a much needed boost to the local economy in Hartlepool. This is an exciting development in the heart of the town which I am sure will be warmly welcomed by the many people who will benefit from it in years to come.”
The council’s Building Design & Construction Section will be overseeing work on the new centre.
The authority has assured both service users and local residents that they will be kept fully informed during the development work.