Zetland FM Local News - 16th June 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Thursday 16th June 2016.
MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has thrown her support behind a campaign to save the former home of one of Redcar's most famous residents.
Anna has come together with campaigners, heritage organisations, and academics to launch a bid to save Red Barns from disrepair and to bring the building back to life as a community resource.
The Grade II* listed building at the heart of Redcar is the former home of Gertrude Bell, the renowned twentieth century explorer, mountaineer, archaeologist and diplomat.
In her career Gertrude became highly influential to British policymaking and played a major role in establishing and helping to administer the modern state of Iraq. She was given an immense amount of diplomatic power for a woman at the time.
The building itself, designed by acclaimed 19th century architect Philip Webb, also has architectural significance as it is one of the most important remaining examples of Arts and Crafts architecture in North East England.
It was commissioned by Gertrude's father, Sir Hugh Bell, who was a local industrialist whose enterprise included a steelworks in Middlesbrough.
Red Barns, which has had many uses over the years including being a pub and hotel, has lain empty in recent years and fallen into a worrying state of disrepair.
Police are appealing for information after a report of a motorbike being stolen from the Redcar area yesterday.
Officers received reports that a motorbike was being ridden around Redcar and that it was being stored in the wooded area of Dormanstown.
Police officers then attended the area where a thorough search was conducted and the bike was located despite efforts to prevent it from being found.
If anyone has any information regarding this bike is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.
PD Ports has welcomed one of the biggest wind farm installation vessels in the world, Pacific Orca, to its newly redeveloped £35 million quay at Teesport.
Measuring a massive 161m long and 49m wide, she will be berthed at Number One Quay for several weeks while being fitted with a pile gripper that has been constructed on site.
The 550m long quay which measures 14.5m deep has been significantly strengthened so can now take loads of 10 tonnes per square metre, therefore making it suitable for the mobilisation of wind farm installation vessels.
Funding to upgrade the quay was secured through the Regional Growth Fund and the application was supported by Tees Valley Unlimited.
Pacific Orca is the second supersized vessel to sail into Teesport in recent weeks following a visit by the Jumbo Javelin, a heavy lift vessel with two 900 tonne cranes.
It was involved in moving wind turbine transition pieces by overside transfer.