A SENIOR councillor and former deputy mayor is stepping down after a 12-year career in local politics.
Coun Pamela Hargreaves was today praised for her commitment, particularly to the children and young people of Hartlepool.
Her achievements included helping to secure £1m to solve serious flooding problems in the south of the town in her role as Chair of Regeneration Scrutiny, and leading Hartlepool’s successful
£100m-plus bids for the Primary Capital and Building Schools for the Future programmes in 2006, as portfolio holder for children’s services.
In 2008, following the death of her mother Dorothy from a brain haemorrhage, she launched the Lifeline Appeal in collaboration with the Hartlepool Mail.
Within months, it had smashed its £15,000 target to buy vital new equipment for the University Hospital Hartlepool. By 2011 the new ventilator had ensured that over 50 patients had received better care.
From 2009, while in charge of regeneration and economic development, she oversaw the securing and implementation of the £3.25m Future Jobs Fund initiative, which created over 700 new jobs in town.
And in 2009, working as Hartlepool’s regional representative on the Association of North-East Councils (ANEC), she chaired a group which helped secure a more effective approach to tackling child poverty across the region.
In 2010, following a four-year campaign, she successfully implemented the demolition Crown House, as part of plans to create an innovation and skills quarter in the town’s Church Street area.
In 2011 she founded the business networking organisation, Woman What Do, and co-founded The North-East Foundation for Women in Enterprise to help women in business.
Since 2013, in her role as a Victoria ward councillor, she has agreed thousands of pounds in funding for local groups and charities, including local residents’ associations, and health improvement organisations.
And her ward councillor role has also seen her help combat crime and antisocial behaviour in the area.
Elsewhere, she is chair of the Hartlepool branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, and town charity Hartlepool Families First where she works to improve the quality of life of children, young people and families through social, welfare and educational measures.
She is a founding director of Hartlepool firm Xivvi which provides creative support to the businesses, charities and social enterprises.