|Does Hartlepool need a Ferris Wheel? Not really|
I've just finished completing a survey about the proposed changes that the Council want to make to key areas of Hartlepool. They want to renovate Church Street, move Mill House Leisure Centre to even nearer the Town Centre, and add more transport options to link Church Street to the town.
Having read through the proposals they somewhat baffle me. I had a bit of a rant in the 'Additional Comments' section these types of surveys gave you. This is what I wrote.
"I'm of the opinion none of these changes will have any impact on the tourism and attraction of Hartlepool. Mill House is in a strong key area anyway linked by bus travel, Church Street is but a stones throw away from the town and has no need for extra transport links.
The investment would better suited in tidying up the general look of Church Street and keep it looking traditional. Housing for students can be available via the existing side streets through simple renovation.
Much more of a priority is the state of major roads such as Oxford Road and the sight of the side streets that come of it. I would strongly consider sorting this housing issue out to make the town a much more desirable place to live so people can spend money long term, rather then attracting tourists who give just a short, one off economic hit".
I even forgot to mention Jackson's Landing. That should be renovated and reopened as a shopping destination, just as it used to be. But this time don't put over priced and over hyped shops in there, put family friendly brands and shops in there. Basically it should be an extension of the Shopping Centre and the various Retail Parks Hartlepool now has.
Of course this is just an opinion, but I think my raised issues have some merits. What do my fellow Hartlepool Residents think about this?