Plans to transform run-down streets

REGENERATION chiefs are set to discuss the ongoing efforts to transform a run-down area.

The Carr Street and Hopps Street area is set to be demolished after Hartlepool Borough Council successfully applied for government funding to help finish the housing market renewal programme scheme.

As previously reported, the council was awarded £2m in November, which they must match-fund.

Labour councillor Jonathan Brash, portfolio holder for housing and transition, will hear the latest developments at 4pm on Wednesday, February 22, in the civic centre, in Victoria Road.

A report said: “Following the funding announcement a project group has been set up which will be attended by the council, the Homes and Communities Agency and partners Housing Hartlepool (Vela Group) and Endeavour.

“This group will lead the delivery of the regeneration scheme in accordance with the details set out in the bid and informed by detailed consultation with residents of the Carr/Hopps Street area.”

Residents still living in the area say they put up with damp, rats and crime while the vast majority of the 207 properties are boarded up ahead of demolition.

Streets to benefit from the work when it starts include Carr Street, Rodney Street, Richardson Street, Hopps Street, Blake Walk, Jobson Street and Hart Lane.