Zetland FM Local News - 20th Feb 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for 20th February 2016
The former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine yesterday revealed plans to transform the site of the former SSI steelworks in Redcar. He was speaking whilst on a visit to Teesport, owned by PD Ports, who have revealed a £35 million investment and refurbishment to the operation there.
Lord Heseltine announced that a new Mayoral Development Corporation, the first of its kind outside London, will be driving the new regeneration, with work to form the new body that will be led by a newly elected mayor, starting straight away. Powers are expected to be handed to the new Mayor in 2017.
In the wake of the SSI closure, Lord Heseltine’s taskforce is providing the catalyst to securing national and international investment in the Tees Valley, with the regeneration of sites and helping create jobs for the skilled workforce that lost their jobs.
Responding to the announcement yesterday on the plans to fast-track the establishment of a Mayoral Development Corporation for the Tees Valley, Redcar MP, Labour's Anna Turley said she was pleased the Government are progressing on the future of the SSI site and welcomed any measures which help the local economy to recover from the loss of steelmaking and job losses in other industries like Boulby Potash.
She went on to say that the short term commitment on securing the SSI site is welcomed, but there is not yet a clear plan for cleaning it up and whether or not the new Corporation would take responsibility for the vast cost involved, which simply can't be borne by the local authorities.
A 24 year old motorcyclist from Eston is still fighting for his life in hospital, following a crash over a week ago.
Traffic Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision involving a Skoda car around 4.40pm on Thursday 11th February at Marton Cross Roads in Middlesbrough.
The motorcyclist received serious head injuries and is described as critical but stable in James Cook Hospital. The junction was closed off for around 4 hours to allow Investigations to be carried out.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact PC Jayson Morris from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 25238.
A town councillor is backing a project to honour two former pupils of Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough, who were both killed whilst on operational duty for Her Majestys Armed Forces.
Private Richard Turnbull of the Third Light Infantry was killed in Belfast on the 29th June 1977, aged 18. Marine Christopher Maddison of the 9 Assault Squadron Royal Marines was killed in Basrah on the 30th March 2003, aged 24.
Bill Clarke, the Independant councillor for the Guisborough ward, says that his campaign to recognise the two has been ongoing for several years, but now that major rebuilding works are underway at the school, it would be fitting to name two of the blocks after them.
As a member of the Royal British Legion, he had asked the local branch in the town to head the project up under the direction of chairman Dick Rodham and secretary Fergus Osborne.
It was said that both the School and the Turnbull family were happy to go ahead with the project in principal, but contacting the Maddison family was proving difficult.