Zetland FM Local News - 26th August 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Friday 26th August 2016.
Dave Williams, the Manager of Boulby mine has quit his job, just one week after significant job losses were announced.
His departure, After 37 years at Cleveland Potash was his own decision and comes during a difficult year for the mine, in which tragedy struck amid further job cuts and plunging potash prices.
A safety probe was launched following the tragic death of veteran miner John Anderson from Easington near Loftus, who was killed in a gas-blowout in June.
The deputy Mine Manager Malcolm Hudson, who has been with the business for 39 years, has taken over in the interim period.
Cleveland Fire Brigade is issuing a timely reminder during the summer break, that with many people away on holiday or just enjoying a day out, a bleeping smoke alarm should be a wake-up call to check on your neighbours.
Whilst the bleeping may be irritating, Phil Lancaster, the Director of Community Protection at the Brigade says it only takes a second to knock on your neighbour’s door or look through the windows to make sure everything is in order. If there's a hint of smoke or fire – then dial 999 immediately.
Figures show that without a working smoke alarm you are four times more likely to die in a fire.
The advice is to fit smoke alarms on every floor of your home and make testing the alarm part of your household routine.
Saltburn’s Victorian Cliff Lift has been recognised by tourism body Visit England after a recent inspection.
The 132-year-old Lift, which has seen record visitor numbers for the first half of this year, was accredited as a Quality Visitor Attraction .
As the staff scored 100% for customer service, the Lift is being put forward for a ‘Welcome’ Accolade later in the year, which has previously been won by some of the nation’s best-known visitor attractions such as RSPB Saltholme near Seal Sands and the London Tower Bridge exhibition.
From the start of April until the end of June. over 65,000 people have made the 200 foot trip up or down the cliff, nearly 7,000 more than last year.
Councillor Carl Quartermain, the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Leisure at Redcar and Cleveland Council, says receiving accreditation by VisitEngland shows just how great an attraction the Saltburn Cliff Lift has become. It’s a testament to the hard work of the staff that work at the lift as well as staff working behind the scenes to manage the attraction.