Zetland FM Local News - 23rd November 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Wednesday 23rd November 2016.
Redcar MP Anna Turley has shown her support for guide dog owners who have been refused by taxi drivers.
She is backing a bill that requires taxi and minicab drivers to have disability equality training when getting their licence.
The Equality Act makes it illegal for drivers to refuse to carry a guide dog.
However, research shows that 42% of people with sight loss were turned away by taxis last year because of their guide dog.
And 38% have been illegally asked to pay extra fare. Charity - Guide Dogs - is calling for the training requirement to help taxi drivers understand the needs and rights of disabled people.
Plans to build new houses on Belmangate Field in Guisborough have been stopped after concerns were raised by residents.
Redcar & Cleveland Council voted to remove the site from housing plans last week.
A draft strategy for housing in Guisborough had marked Belmangate Field as “housing allocation”.
But before finalising the strategy the council consulted local residents.
They received over 60 letters and emails from residents and local MPs voicing their concerns.
Most of these related to the effect housing would have on the “architectural or historic qualities” of the area.
A housebuilding company previously had a “keen interest” in developing the site.
But this won't be possible anymore and the land will remain untouched.
Christmas is coming to Redcar & Cleveland with Redcar High Street's Christmas Lights being switched on Thursday.
It is the first switch on event across Teesside.
The event starts at 4pm with performances from local talent - as well as speeches from VIPs.
The LIGHTS are set to turn on at 6pm and will be followed by a show from The Little Mix Experience.
Redcar's Christmas cabins and Santa's Seaside Grotto will open as well and will remain open until Christmas Eve.