Zetland FM Local News - 30th June 2023
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has reported an overspend of £4.6 million in the last financial year;
Officers are warning members of the public after potentially dangerous rat poison was stolen from a van in Hemlington;
...and the skyline of our area has changed forever as the last of the former Redcar Power Station buildings were successfully demolished yesterday.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has reported an overspend of £4.6 million in the last financial year.
The council says a huge demand for services and the soaring cost of providing social care is the reason.
The steep rise in the cost of commissioning placements for vulnerable children and fulfilling its legal requirement to provide home to school transport were among the main contributors to the overspend.
Many councils nationally are also facing a significant challenge in providing services for children and families in need.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council now spends 60% of its budget on providing social care and support for vulnerable children and adults.
Officers are warning members of the public after potentially dangerous rat poison was stolen from a van in Hemlington.
The Solo Blox rat poison was stolen in labelled containers which display a hazard pictogram (as pictured below) from a van yesterday evening, Wednesday 28th June, along with other items including a drill, vermin traps, cash and insecticide spray.
The poison is described as red in colour, with a sweet odour and wax in appearance.
Anyone who may come across the poison is asked not to touch it but to contact the police.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the poison or any of the items stolen is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting incident number 126595.
The skyline of our area has changed forever as the last of the former Redcar Power Station buildings were successfully demolished yesterday.
Four blasts brought down the former gas holder, the triple flare stack, the de-aerator, and the chimney at the power station in a matter of seconds, after Lord Michael Heseltine pushed the demolition trigger at 1pm.
It was Tees Valley: Opportunity Unlimited, authored by Lord Heseltine in 2016, which set out the vision and aims for the former steelworks site – including the creation of the South Tees Development Corporation in 2017.
The successful demolition bookends a programme which has taken just two years at Teesworks – and will be completed three years sooner than originally forecast.