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A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Thursday 14th April:

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop has expressed concern over secret Government plans leaked to The Times newspaper, to axe over 5,000 civil service posts that he says could hit vital work being done by the SSI Teesside Task Force.

Speaking yesterday he said that the leaked plans show that the Business and Industry Secretary Sajid Javid is now making plans to axe over 5,000 staff employed by his Business Ministry and agencies controlled by that Ministry.

He went on to say that the losses are 'draconian' and could hit Teesside hard, with proposals to axe the Insolvency Service, managed by the Official Receiver, the agency put in place to oversee the affairs of SSI after it went into liquidation in the UK.

The Receiver remains the formal administrator of the site and carries a huge responsibility, with people still employed on site too.

Also at risk in the plans, according to the Times are agencies like the Skills Funding Agency and the UK Commission on Employment and Skills - agencies which are important in maintaining the area's skill base and crucially, the Government's programme for apprentices.

Tom Blenkinsop added that the latest round of cuts, if pushed through, will adversely affect the SSI Task Force and he and local MP colleagues will be pressing the Government to halt them.


Saltburn residents are invited to attend a seminar this evening to discuss future plans for the Valley Gardens in the town.

Following on from a Symposium held last year, the Spring Seminar, plans to bring residents up to date and to get support for further work to be carried out.

It happens tonight from 6 until 8pm at the Saltburn Community Theatre, where a series of history talks about the Valley Gardens will take place from historians Tony and Cath Lynn, along with an update from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council officers on the recent improvements.

Councillor Philip Thomson, the Ward Member for Saltburn, said: “We’re interested in discussing the land owned by the council which stretches from the Viaduct to Cat Nab. Whilst some progress has been made in reinstating features and making improvements, there is still work to be done.

Entry to the Spring Seminar is free, but residents are encouraged to register in advance at Saltburn Library.


Tourism and the good effect on businesses across Redcar and Cleveland is part of an event next Tuesday at Gisborough Hall.

Organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, the event is next Tuesday between 10am and 12 Noon and will showcase the work ongoing in the area and update on the working relationship with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

There'll be insights into future marketing campaigns, the latest on the new Welcome to Yorkshire website and an update on the benefits to businesses in the area of the Tour de Yorkshire, which is just over two weeks away.

On May 1st, Stage Three of the cycle race starts in Middlesbrough and makes it's way through Marton, Nunthorpe and Stokesley towards Thirsk and then onto the North Yorkshire Moors, eventually ending in Scarborough.

Anyone is welcome to attend the event on Tuesday and for more details, contact Rosie Fyfe from Welcome To Yorkshire on 07880 385680.


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