Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Five-Year Plan Which Aims to Make Old Resort a Better Place

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Five-Year Plan Which Aims to Make Old Resort a Better Place

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Byline: By Ian McNeal and Alan Plews

Much of the groundwork has been done on preparing a blueprint to bring Seaton Carew into the 21st century.

And new moves are the beginning of seeing that vision become a reality.

Work recently began on projects costing nearly pounds 270,000 to make life easier for pedestrians - with zebra crossings, pedestrian islands and the replacement of paving stones and kerbs along The Front.

The work is part of the five-year Seaton Carew Tourism Strategy, which has followed lengthy consultation with organisations such as the Seaton Carew Renewal Advisory Group which comprises local residents, community groups, business representatives, sporting groups and local councillors.

There are eight specific themes which the strategy aims to tackle between now and 2008. They are:

* Raising beach standards

* Improving accessibility

* Encouraging new attractions

* Enhancing the environment

* Improving the image

* Encouraging new events and activities

* Supporting businesses

* Improving visitor accommodation

Deputy Mayor and ward councillor Cath Hill admits cash is the key to everything and said the council is looking at the possibility of bringing in outside investors.

"That is the only way we can get the level of money we need to do everything," she said.

She added: "Money is going to be spent on the park, which has been badly neglected, and we will put in some new playground equipment for the children. Also, I would love to see the development of a modern swimming pool - an updated version of Wet 'n' Wild."

One of the town's top priorities has also been under consideration by council bosses recently - a full lifeguard service for beaches at Seaton Carew, Block Sands and Fish Sands.

Hartlepool Council's Cabinet met yesterday to hear how much more than the pounds 50,000 which the authority ear-marked in its 2004/05 budget will be needed to fund the scheme.

In 2000 the council employed seven beach lifeguards at the Headland and Seaton Carew. But lack of funds available to improve the service saw it withdrawn. …

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