RESIDENTS of a Hartlepool street have been praised for making their neighbourhood a more attractive place to live.
People in Marlborough Street, off Oxford Road, have worked closely with council officials for three years to improve the appearance of the area by putting up colourful hanging baskets outside their homes.
Residents Betty McIntyre and Flo Thompson originally spearheaded the project with Mrs Thompson drumming up support among her neighbours every year.
She said: “The hanging baskets really do make a difference by brightening up the area and boosting community spirit.”
Irene Cross, a neighbourhood development officer at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to work with the residents of Marlborough Street.
“Over the years, I have seen their confidence grow as they have taken ownership of their street and made it a more attractive and inviting place to live.
“I hope the project continues for many more years to come, and I would urge residents in other areas to consider getting involved in similar improvement schemes.”
The project came about through the “Safer, Cleaner, Greener” initiative which invited residents to get involved in projects to improve the environment in their area.
It was funded partly through Hartlepool’s New Deal for Communities scheme in the last two years, with residents contributing £5 each towards the cost.
This year, due to funding constraints, the residents have paid for the project themselves.
Neighbours attended a hanging basket workshop at the council’s Stranton Nursery to learn more about plants and how to look after them.
Younger, fitter residents have also helped older people who want to get involved but are unable to plant their own baskets and care for them.