LETTER: Councillors need a good night’s sleep

The University Hospital of Hartlepool
The University Hospital of Hartlepool

HARTLEPOOL Borough Council has instructed planners to make the retention of land at the University Hospital of Hartlepool for health-related use clear policy of the new Local Plan.

I feel these councillors should get a good night’s sleep.

Instead, they keep waking up with “visions” for the town, most of which make no sense to me at all.

Do they realise that allowing part of the site to be sold off, and built on, will set a precedent for any of this land in future years?

It will, in my opinion, be immaterial what our local planners want.

It would go to appeal and planning, I’m sure, would be passed.

All this land should be retained for any extensions our hospital might need in the future.

The council scrapped a £1.5m town plan because it had not made a provision for a travellers’ site.

I believe a Newcastle firm is now putting together another “vision” for the town which, I understand, will not have a traveller site.

If this is the case, then why was the first town plan scrapped, leaving us with another bill for £1m-plus?

I feel we should have a clean sweep at the Civic Centre.

It seems to me that some of these councillors have taken root.

We should be reducing the number of councillors to 11 as I consider 33 to be a drain on the town’s finances.

I would also include the post of Mayor, and would not replace Mr Stubbs’ position when he retires.

Mr O Landreth,

Sheriff Street,