Our Close Community Needs Its Own Name; Now Residents Are about to Win New Identity for Their Area

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), May 10, 2013 | Go to article overview

Our Close Community Needs Its Own Name; Now Residents Are about to Win New Identity for Their Area


Byline: MIKE BLACKBURN mike.blackburn@eveninggazette.co.uk

A "FORGOTTEN" community in Stockton is finally to be given its own identity.

For years residents of Salters Lane had to settle for being swallowed up by the Hardwick ward. But the wheels have been put in motion to change the name of the ward to the Hardwick and Salters Lane ward to recognise the different communities. Councillors voted this week to inform the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) of the proposed change and start a public consultation on the move.

Residents of Salters Lane, which is about a third the size of Hardwick, put their concerns about their lack of identity to the Labour candidates for Hardwick at the last local election.

And once elected as councillors, Norma Stephenson and Nigel Cooke pledged to press for the change.

Cllr Stephenson said the new name better reflects the community identity of the area.

"They are a completely different community in Salters Lane, but didn't feel like they had an identity in Stockton Council," she said. "They are a very close community, people work well together.

"It's predominantly elderly, but a lot of young people are moving in now. …

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