RESIDENTS are urged to give their views on plans to improve a coastal town.

Householders in Seaton Carew are invited to a consultation event next week to look at plans for removing the North Shelter and replacing it with a landscaping scheme on the seafront.

There are also proposals for improving the bus station and surrounding environment.

Details of the schemes will be on display in Seaton Carew Library, in Station Lane, from Monday to Friday for people to examine and leave written comments.

There will also be drop-in sessions at the library on Tuesday, from 4.30pm to 7pm, and on Thursday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, when staff from Hartlepool Borough Council will answer any questions.

The measures form part of the Seaton Carew Tourism Strategy, which has been devised by the council through public consultation.

The Seaton Carew Renewal Advisory Group, which is made up of local residents, councillors and businesses, has also been involved.

Money for the improvements would come from various sources including regional development agency One NorthEast and the European INTERREG initiative, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Councillor Michael Turner, a member of the advisory group, said: "It's vital that people have a say."