Now 'for a new era of positivity' after new Hartlepool council coalition agreed
Hartlepool's leading coalition has declared the hard work starts now "for a new era of positivity" after council positions were confirmed for the coming year.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s annual meeting, held at the Borough Hall on Tuesday night, saw leadership and committee positions confirmed for 2021-22.
Cllr Shane Moore and Cllr Mike Young, both part of the leading coalition between independent councillors and Conservatives, will remain in their respective positions as leader and deputy leader.
Conservative Cllr Brenda Loynes will also remain as ceremonial mayor for the coming year and act as chair of council while Cllr Young will be the new deputy ceremonial mayor.
A statement on behalf of the coalition of Conservative and independent councillors said it has been a difficult period due to Covid-19 but that the crisis had brought people together.
They added they have set out to put party politics aside and do what is best for the town.
They said: “Our strategy is to continue to bring Hartlepool together to make big ideas more achievable.
“Our council doesn’t have all of the answers or solutions to the great problems we face as a town, but they are out there in our businesses, our schools, our communities, our charities and even our homes.
“We have members of Conservative, Labour and Independent groups in leading committee positions to put party politics aside and do the best for the town.
“We’re excited for what will be a new era of positivity for Hartlepool. The hard work starts now.”