Appeal for public's support over park improvements

Published Thursday, 28th November 2019

Council officials have issued an appeal for people to support efforts to improve Hartlepool's popular Rossmere Park following damage to newly-laid paving.

They are also calling for respect be shown to workers on site following incidents of abusive behaviour.

The damage to the paving occurred overnight, just hours after it had been laid. It is believed that someone deliberately stamped on the soft resin surface before it had properly set, leaving footprints in it. As a result, the surface needed to be re-laid.

Tony Hanson, Assistant Director, Environment and Neighbourhoods with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “A lot of money is being spent to improve Rossmere Park, and it is disappointing that people are prepared to undermine our efforts by causing such mindless damage.”

He also highlighted a recent incident when a workman on site was sworn at by a dog walker who had been asked not let their dog walk over a particular area, while other incidents of verbal abuse have been reported too.

“This is totally unacceptable and workers should be able to get on with their jobs without being abused,” he added.

He is now urging people to act as the Council’s eyes and ears by reporting anyone causing damage or acting suspiciously to the police on 101.

Rossmere Park is currently undergoing £550,000 worth of improvements, with funding being provided by Mondegreen Environmental Body – a regional grant-giving organisation which distributes money from the Landfill Tax to community initiatives.

Works include an improved toddler play area, a separate all-new junior play area, a new on-site car park, a covered area for events in the centre of the park and improvements to the park’s pond.