A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Thursday 21st April:

An online Petition has been launched protesting against charges at Dunsdale Recycling Centre, which were introduced at the beginning of April.

Local resident Gary Seymour has set up the petition to remove the fees at the tip near Guisborough. The charges are part of changes made by Redcar and Cleveland Council which also include the introduction of seven day opening.

The petition mentions that applying charges at Dunsdale will only lead to more fly tipping in the area and as the Recycling centre at Warrenby is closed, there will be increased traffic congestion on the B1269 Redcar to Guisborough road and the possibility of more accidents.

Tip users are being charged £3 for every 25kg bag of hardcore and rubble they dump. It's £6 for 25kg of plasterboard and £7.20 for asbestos.

If more than 500 signatures are presented on a petition to Councillors, the issue will be debated. You can see the petition in full at the Redcar and Cleveland Council website.


Redcar and Cleveland will be taking part in celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday by lighting up the beacon on Eston Nab tonight. It will be lit as a crown symbol and subject to the weather, will hopefully be seen across the area from East Middlesbrough to Redcar.

Beacons are being lit throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom Overseas Territories to mark the occasion.

Councillor Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Leisure at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said:

“We are delighted to be taking part and are really looking forward to seeing the beacon lit up to honour Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. We’re hoping the weather stays clear for us so plenty of people will be able to see.

“We are not asking residents to attend the lighting of the beacon, but instead hope that they appreciate the view from their homes or somewhere they can easily see it.”


PD Ports has been recognised for continuing to champion young people into work after it was re-accredited for the second year as part of the Responsible Business Awards.

It achieved a ‘Big Tick’ in the Inspiring Young Talent category which praises businesses that address youth unemployment and the UK skills gap through ‘youth friendly’ recruitment, inspiring work experience programmes or successful apprenticeships.

The award-winning ports and logistics business based in Middlesbrough runs Teesport along with other UK ports and has more than 1300 employees 

After launching the High Tide Foundation in 2012 to raise aspirations and increase job prospects for young people on Teesside, it first secured accreditation in 2014 in support of its summer scheme.

As one of the registered charity’s flagship programmes it offers two weeks of practical training throughout the supply chain and has given placements to hundreds of school leavers across the region.  

David Robinson, Chief Executive Officer at PD Ports, commented:

“The High Tide Foundation was one of the first of its kind in that it is a true private sector collaboration which has seen businesses come together to improve the future of young people.

The last 12 months have proven to be challenging on Teesside so it is especially rewarding to achieve this Big Tick again and to see local businesses pull together to help a common cause.

As one of the region’s largest employers it is our responsibility to help raise aspirations, more so now than ever, and through this continued recognition we hope to inspire more businesses to get involved with community-led projects.”

The 2016 Responsible Business Awards is run by the charity Business in the Community, part of The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network. They celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive workplaces and tackle environmental challenges.

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