Three-year plan to make Hartlepool a healthier, wealthier, greener place - here's how to have your say

Hartlepool residents are being asked for their views in a consultation on plans to make Hartlepool a healthier, wealthier and greener place by 2020.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 4:45 pm
A sunny day at the Headland in Hartlepool.

A consultation is to be launched to finalise the council’s plan for the next three years, highlighting the priorities for Hartlepool going forward.

The current council plan for 2017/19 to 2019/20 is coming to an end and councillors agreed earlier this year to begin preparations for a new document to be drawn up before the end of the municipal year.

The plan will look to identify a series of key priorities for Hartlepool over the next three years.

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Following an initial consultation on what the priorities should be, a draft council plan has now been drawn up for 2020/21 to 2022/23.

Information on the draft plan and the consultation plans are to go before Hartlepool Borough Council Finance and Policy Committee on Monday.

The draft plan has eight strategic priorities outlining areas to be targeted in the town.

These include growing a diverse economy, creating a clean, green and safe Hartlepool, and creating an attractive and connected Hartlepool.

Other priorities include developing a healthy Hartlepool, building better beginnings and futures for children, improving outcomes for adults with health and social care needs, and building and improving homes.

Finally the plan aims to ‘shape a well-led, safe, high performing and efficient council fit for the 21st century’.

A report from Gill Alexander, chief executive of the council, to go before the committee states they need to progress further following work done in recent years.

She said: “The Council Plan 2020/21 – 2022/23 has been developed to build on what has already been achieved over the last 3 years and to respond to what residents, employees and partners told us through the recent consultation exercise. 

“This includes the strategic priorities that it is proposed the council focus on over the next three years.

“For each strategic priority details are provided about what success will look like and the action that is proposed to be taken to deliver it.”

A five-week consultation will be launched on the draft plan, which will feature a short online survey, reports to council committees and a partners round-table discussion.

This follows the initial consultation to produce the draft plan, which included a survey, completed by 251 respondents, and round-table discussions with employees, with 191 taking part.

It also included round-table discussions with the youth council, senior leadership team, and a members seminar with councillors.