Zetland FM Local News - 12th Mar 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for 12th March 2016
Anna Turley, the MP for Redcar, yesterday slammed the Government’s decision to remove rates relief from retail properties, describing it as a ‘kick in the teeth’ for our high streets.
In previous years, occupied retail properties with a rateable value of up to £50,000 were eligible for rates relief.
The government has now withdrawn this relief meaning businesses will be paying more in business rates this year.
Anna told Zetland FM that she thinks the decision is a kick in the teeth for local businesses who are working hard to recover from the recent shocks in the local economy.
She said the recent job losses at the steelworks, and the knock on effects, have already taken money out of oure local economy as people are struggling to make ends meet. She said that the removal of the relief compounds the pressure at a time when local businesses need more support to grow.
Anna has urged the government to correct this mistake in next weeks budget in order to help small businesses to thrive.
A heroic police officer has been awarded a Chief Constable’s commendation at a ceremony held by Cleveland Police, after saving the life of an 11-year-old boy.
PC Nick Wood, who was off duty at the time of the incident last September, was spending time with his family at Majuba Caravan Park in Redcar when he noticed a child in distress in the sea.
Nick instructed his partner to alert the coastguard and immediately waded out to sea. When he could no longer touch the sea bed he began to swim towards the child who was around 30 metres from the shoreline.
When PC Wood reached the child, he continually reassured him and had to keep him calm whilst taking hold of one of his arms and bringing him safely back to shore.
The boy was later taken to James Cook University Hospital suffering from mild hypothermia.
PC Wood told Zetland FM that he was really pleased to have received the commendation. He said he was really pleased that he had managed to bring the boy to safety and that he has now recovered from the ordeal.
Residents battling the winter freeze without a central heating system could be eligible to get a free upgrade thanks to a regional fund.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, along with nine other North-East Councils who form the Warm Up North partnership, has been awarded funding to install the free central heating systems. The council is encouraging all residents, especially those in rural areas, to see if they qualify for this free installation.
To qualify, applicants must be a private homeowner or have a private landlord in Redcar and Cleveland. The household must have a total income of less than £26,000 per year including any benefits.
The property must never have had a central heating system, and a new system must improve the energy rating of the property – this would be determined by a Warm Up North surveyor when the house is assessed after applying.
Residents who think they may qualify for the scheme can find more information by visiting 'warmupnorth.com' or by calling Warm Up North free on 0800 294 8073.