Working for Fens

A RESIDENTS’ group is appealing for more members who care about their community to join them.

The Fens Residents’ Association is looking for more people to join their ranks after losing four long-standing members recently.

The vacancies have been brought about by a combination of family commitments and health reasons.

The residents’ group currently has six members out of 10 on its committee.

New chairman Robert Smith said it was important the group has a full complement of members to make they can represent the estate’s residents.

Robert said: “We do need more people to get involved. A lot of organisations like ourselves are finding it difficult to maintain full membership.

“It is desirable to have a full committee to help share the workload and pool ideas and also make sure that we are truly representative of people’s aspirations and wishes.”

Robert said somebody who is retired and wants to do something worthwhile would be ideal for the association or anyone with a bit of spare time on their hands and with an interest in their community.

He added: “It is not particularly onerous or time consuming but it is still extremely useful.

“We have been instrumental in the neighbourhood policing for the Fens and have worked on a lot of issues.”

Most recently, the association represented residents’ views over the large south western extension which proposed land at Claxton for a huge new development.

They successfully fought for a significant green wedge to be included in the plans between the Fens and Claxton.

And Hartlepool council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher put forward a motion that the council looks at the whole issue of the Local Plan again.

The residents’ association meets once a month and produces a newsletter.

For details about joining contact Mr Smith on (01429) 870613 or email