A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Tuesday 19th April:

A week-long crackdown on speeding motorists will see new ‘night vision’ safety cameras being used to deter drivers from going too fast.

This week, officers from the joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit will be carrying out both high-profile and covert speed checks in various locations across the area.

New cameras with infra-red capability have been fitted to the four mobile safety vans which operate across the Durham and Cleveland force areas.

The cameras were purchased using proceeds from driver awareness courses, which can be offered to speeding motorists as an alternative to a fixed penalty fine, provided they are below the threshold for prosecution.

They were deployed recently during an operation on the A66 at Teesside Retail Park, where 106 speeding motorists were detected in just 90 minutes. One of the offending drivers was clocked at nearly 80mph in a 50mph limit!


A former IT Manager at the SSI steelworks in Redcar has started a new business venture, with the help of funding from the SSI Task Force.

Following the closure of the Redcar steel plant, Heather Baker-Heriot, set up her own life coaching practice and was recently appointed by Yarm based HealthHub Clinics, to work alongside its already existing team of experienced professionals. 

Heather plans to use the managerial skills she gained during her 25 years in industry to help others to make a difference in their own lives. She said: "Life coaching is a very positive and motivating process which enables people to make significant and lasting changes in their lives."

Thanks to funding from the SSI Task Force, Heathers business brings to 75, the new companies that have sprung up across the Tees Valley. She’s among 293 people who have sought help from the Business Advice Start Up Fund, administered by the North East Enterprise Agency Ltd.

There is also a fund available providing start-up grants to new business of up to £10,000. So far, almost £600,000 has been awarded to new companies.


The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency is poised to submit an application to build up to 550 houses on a 57 acre site at Kirkleatham Business Park.

Documents submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Council say the scheme would be made up of a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, with access to the site provided from the Kirkleatham Lane.

A map provided to Redcar and Cleveland Council indicated that the homes would be built between the Cleveland Police Area HQ and the turn-off for community woodland at Foxrush Farm.

Although not formally at planning application stage, the development is believed to be at the early “scoping opinion” stage.


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