Work on bus stop in Hartlepool suspended after complaint against the way decision was made

Coun Peter Jackson
Coun Peter Jackson

WORK on relocating a bus stop has been suspended after a complaint was made about the decision process.

Hartlepool Borough Council had agreed to relocate the bus stop from outside 103 Northgate, west along the road, complete with a new lay-by, between Brig Open and 107 Northgate.

That was despite a 200-strong petition against the original decision, which was confirmed at a recent meeting of the neighbourhood services committee.

But the local authority has since received a complaint to the council leader, Christopher Akers-Belcher, about the way the decision was made.

As a result, no work will be done on the relocation plans until the complaint has been resolved by the council’s monitoring officer, Peter Devlin.

Speaking at a recent meeting, Labour councillor Peter Jackson, chairman of the committee, said: “The leader of the council has received a complaint regarding the neighbourhood services’ committee decision about the Northgate bus stop.

“As a result, the complaint has been passed onto the council’s monitoring officer and no work will take place until that has been dealt with.

“I don’t want to say anymore on that.”

This summer the council’s neighbourhood services committee narrowly agreed to relocate the stop at a cost of £40,000.

But it sparked anger in the local community among some residents, and a 200-strong petition was submitted to the council opposing the decision.

There were no residents at the recent meeting, but speaking back in August, Liam Wintersgill, a joiner from Northgate, said the new spot was more dangerous.

He said this was because there are three junctions in close proximity, and that local residents would prefer it stays where it is. However, councillors in favour of the switch said the current site was “totally inappropriate” as the bus can be parked in the road.