What Hartlepool Mail readers think of calls to pedestrianise Church Street
As calls are made to look at pedestrianising parts of Church Street, Mail readers have had their say on what the major Hartlepool road needs to boost business.
Speaking at the latest meeting of the council’s economic growth and regeneration committee, Cllr Mike Young said some pedestrianisation to the street could improve its offer to businesses.
In response, Mail readers put forward their own ideas for where they would like to see money spent in Hartlepool – and some suggestions for what they see benefiting Church Street in the future.
The latter included cutting parking charges or making the street “a good place to socialise” with outside seating at bars and cafes.
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Jon Hare: “It can't be pedestrianised. It is an A class road. They were told that the last time they wanted to pedestrianise it.”
Diane Kennedy: “The footpaths on both sides are extra wide for outdoor seating etc already. Closing the road won't help at all.”
Andy Stuart: “Would have liked the character maintained and the street developed as a Beamish-style area to entice tourists alongside the Historic Quay.”
Paula Cartin: “Better thing to spend money on. Church Street doesn't need it, it would be a complete waste of money.”
Councillor Jonathan Brash: “I won’t vote to spend one penny on Church Street if there isn’t a clear economic plan for growth attached.”
Adrian Paul: “Put the money into Seaton Carew, and aim for day tourists.”
Michael Smith: “If it closed to traffic, Church Street would be totally deserted.”
William Robinson: “Church Street, Whitby Street, Lynn Street, all have had their day and are done.”
Zach Ingham: “Reduce or stop parking permit or charges, then more people would probably spent more time there.”
Paul Nedley: “To encourage businesses, restaurants etc the council needs to reduce the rates and allow for growth.”
Jeff Henderson: “Can’t see Church Street making a comeback anytime soon, no matter whether it’s pedestrianised or not.”
Nicola Weeks: “Yes. If all the cafes, and bars had full access with tables and chairs outside it would be a good place to socialise.”
Carole Wright: “I would say try it again and put the market there.”
Jayne Gray: “Pedestrianise the Marina. Give competitive rates to entrepreneurs to get businesses open on Church Street.”