Zetland FM Local News - 29th April 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Friday 29th April
A 61 year old man from Guisborough is receiving treatment in hospital for neck and back injuries after he lost control of his mountain bike and crashed, hitting the ground.
The Air Ambulance and fourteen members of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team were scrambled just after 2pm yesterday to a track in the Guisborough Forest about 2 miles from Hutton Village and with help from friends, located the biker, where he received initial treatment before being airlifted to James Cook Hospital.
His injuries aren't believed life threatening.
Redcar MP Anna Turley has launched a petition against proposals to build houses on the slopes of the Eston Hills.
Developer Theakston Land recently announced plans to build 400 homes on land they own in Flatts Lane Country Park at Normanby.
The MP has joined forces with the local councillors for the Normanby ward, Brian Dennis, Chris Foley-McCormack and Billy Ayre in opposing the development.
Anna said: "Since the proposals were announced, many residents have told me how concerned they are about this development and the negative impact it will have on our beloved Eston Hills.
The land has never been part of any local plan or local development framework for our area and is incredibly close to the woodland in the existing countryside park. Due to its elevation, development here would not only take up green space but would be a visual blot of the landscape on the Northern fringe of the Eston Hills.
Moreover, the A174 Parkway has been accepted as a natural barrier to development for many, many years and breaching this could open the floodgates for more development along the hillside down to Wilton Village."
She added: "I am not completely against house building in our area because we need more affordable housing, but there are plenty of sites that could be developed that would not destroy our precious countryside."
Councillor Brian Dennis said: "It is clear from the conversations I have had that this development is not wanted by the community. The site is not appropriate for housing development and would harm green space that is home to lots of wildlife, including deer. I urge everyone to sign the petition and to submit formal objections to the planning application when it is submitted in the coming weeks and months. We need to send a clear message to the developer that this scheme should be scrapped.”
The petition is available to sign online at www.anna4redcar.org.uk/saveflattslanecountrypark
Redcar and Cleveland residents are being asked for their views on the future of Council services as part of an online survey.
The Shaping Our Future programme survey will provide local community groups, partners and the public with the opportunity to shape what the Council will look like in the future as budgets continue to shrink and it compliments a number of community workshops taking place across the borough this week.
Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Cllr Sue Jeffrey said: "We’ve already had invaluable conversations in recent years with residents as part of the Shaping Our Future programme. The survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete, builds on this work and provides the opportunity to gain a more detailed understanding of what people value and how they would like to see the council operate in the future.
The reality is that with less money to spend on services, we need to change and it is important that our residents have the opportunity to be involved in the creation of our policies and the delivery of valued public services.
To take part in the survey, head to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/rcbcshapingourfuture3
An army of dedicated walkers are getting ready for a hike across the Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors in May, all in aid of a vital life saving rescue service.
The long-established Boosbeck Station Hotel charity walk for the Great North Air Ambulance will be repeating its annual 18 mile circular walk across the North York Moors and the Cleveland Hills on Sunday May 29th.
It will leave the Station Hotel on Boosbeck High Street at 7.30 in the morning and following a route taking in Gribdale, Captain Cooks Monument at Easby, Commondale and Birk Brow before heading back.
Over the years, the walk has raised thousands for the Great North Air Ambulance and is one of the largest single year by year community contributions to the charity.
Peter Welcome from the Walk Committee, said "This walk is going from strength to strength and we want to make this the biggest yet. The more walkers we get, the better the reward for the Air Ambulance.
Station Hotel landlady, Barbara Holliday said: "The walk is one of the highlights of the pub year and I'm proud that so many regulars take part."
If you want to take part in the walk, you can speak to Bernie Johns on 01287 653774, Mike Biondi on 01287 651044 or Peter Welcome on 01287 652988.