Shaping the centre of town

A CONSULTATION programme asking residents for their views on proposals to breathe new life into a town centre area is drawing to a close.

A series of exhibitions have been taking place showing off plans for Church Square, in Hartlepool.

The proposals – which are still subject to funding being agreed by the local authority – include a phased programme of re-modelling and improvements designed to help regenerate the area and build on recent developments nearby, such as the new £52m Hartlepool College of Further Education, the expansion of the Cleveland College of Art and Design and the new Transport Interchange.

It is hoped that the revamp will encourage businesses to occupy some of the vacant shop units which are ideally placed to serve the college students.

The first phase is estimated to cost £650,000 and improvements earmarked for later phases include improved lighting, more trees, public art and work to the Stockton Street pedestrian crossing that links Church Square to Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

The plans are on display at the Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square, until Friday and can also be viewed online at the council’s website

For more information, contact Hartlepool Borough Council on (01429) 523531.