Investment boost for Hartlepool's roads and footpaths

Published Thursday, 21st June 2018

COUNCILLORS have agreed to spend a significant budget saving on improving Hartlepool's roads and pavements.

The decision taken by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Finance and Policy Committee will result in between £1.6 million and £2.4 million being spent in addition to previously-allocated funds.

The saving follows a recently-completed review of loan repayment costs which found that these charges would be less than the recurring annual budget by £100,000.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of the Council and Chair of the Finance and Policy Committee, said: “I am delighted that the committee has agreed to invest further in our highways.

“The decision was unanimous and, clearly, the message coming out was that we have listened to our residents who have been saying over recent months that they want to see greater investment in roads and footpaths and that they very much want that investment to be in their communities.

“We are going to invest in communities and we are going to invest on top of money that has already been committed.

“This matter is now going to be referred to the Neighbourhood Services Committee to decide where the additional money should be spend so that it has the greatest benefit to residents.”