Zetland FM Local News - 5th April 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Tuesday 5th April:
Tees Valley Combined Authority is the new body set up to drive economic growth and job creation in the area and it has met for the first time with Transport, Inward Investment and Skills featuring on the agenda.
The Authority harnesses the economy-boosting powers of the Tees Valley’s five local councils and the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, to promote better collaborations between the public and private sector to create an even more effective approach to building a stronger Tees Valley.
The Combined Authority, which is led by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Leader Sue Jefferies, is not a 'super-council' or another version of what was Cleveland County Council. The five Tees Valley Councils will continue to deliver local services in their own right, however as a formal Combined Authority, they'll focus on economic development, transport, infrastructure and skills.
The Combined Authority will also mean that Tees Valley is ideally placed to negotiate with government to secure the transfer of additional powers and resources to the region from Whitehall.
Two of our areas MP's have been reacting to the news that US owned Air Products is now pulling out of major energy products, meaning uncertainty for the plants at Seal Sands, which employ hundreds of people across Teesside. Two renewable waste energy plants were proposed and one was built, but construction work stopped last year on the second plant and questions had been asked by Unions as to whether the work would continue.
Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley said that 'this is more devastating news for jobs and industry on Teesside' and her thoughts were with all the workers and their families affected. She went on to say that despite having received the £50 million support fund to help former steelworkers retrain, it was clear that this is totally insufficient for the needs of Teesside’s economy and more Government help was needed.
Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, has branded the decision by Air Products to end its Energy-from-Waste business ‘another blow for the Teesside economy’. He said: “The news that Air Products is to ‘write off’ its Teesside energy from waste developments is the latest part of the crisis that is sweeping the UK’s industrial sector. He added that he was seeking assurances from both Tees Valley Unlimited and asking serious questions of the Northern Powerhouse Minister, James Wharton, who said that there wouldn't be immediate job losses, but that it was a worrying time.
Air Products, have quoted losses of around £770 million.
Coatham Sands will be welcoming the cream of British Landsailing yachtsmen and women this coming weekend. The 2016 Redcar Regatta is a family friendly event and with all four classes of land yachts taking part, there'll be plenty of competition to see. Commenting on the event, organiser Kevin Skelton applauded the brilliant reception that the people of Redcar had given the event, along with the support from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
Weather permitting, the event runs on Saturday from 10 til 4 and Sunday from 10 til 3 and spectators are welcome to attend - with the best views available from the Majuba Rd car park. You can get more details by searching for Redcar Landsailing on Facebook.
Finally... The Cliff Lift at Saltburn is open again today after it had to be closed unexpectedly yesterday afternoon and engineers called in to fix it! It’s not known what caused the fault.