Zetland FM Local News - 20th January 2017
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Friday 20th January 2017.
Redcar & Cleveland Council are asking residents for their views on how a multi-million pound investment should be spent to improve Redcar town centre.
They believe that Redcar needs improvements to stay competitive in a time where online shopping is increasing.
A series of proposals have been drawn up about how the funding will be used following a meeting last year.
And now the council wants people to have their say.
The plans include turning empty properties into retail and business spaces and promoting the town to help attract new visitors.
A consultation opens on the council’s website on Monday so that people can give their views online.
Two consultation events will also be held next month.
The Minister of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has praised the work of the SSI Task Force on a visit to Redcar.
Melissa Major reports.
Yorkshire Bank announced yesterday that it will be closing its branch in Guisborough.
The bank will close on the 21st of April meaning customers will have to travel to the Redcar branch instead.
79 Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks are closing across the country with a loss of more than 400 jobs.
They include banks in Middlesbrough and Gateshead as well as Guisborough.
Bosses have blamed a fall in customers using in-store branches as they switch to digital banking.
And Cleveland Police are inviting cyclists to get a free security etching this weekend to help keep bicycles out of the hands of criminals.
It follows on from a successful marking event yesterday morning in Peddlers bike shop.
The etchings not only reunite owners with their property, but also help provide evidence to convict the thief.
And the marking could be enough to deter a thief simply due to the permanent appearance.
No booking is required and the session takes place this Sunday from two till four at Kirkleatham Police Office in Redcar.