Ambitious plans drawn up to breathe new life into east Cleveland

The Northern Echo: Regeneration plans: Guisborough Regeneration plans: Guisborough

PLANS have been approved to invest £3m in regenerating east Cleveland’s town and villages.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has earmarked the cash in an attempt to secure almost £45m of investment from other bodies, including European grants, lottery funding and private businesses, to breathe new life into the area.

The money, which is being invested to help transform places such as Saltburn, Guisborough, Loftus, Brotton and Skelton, is part of the East Cleveland Towns and Villages Investment Initiative.

The cash will be used to create employment opportunities, develop businesses in the area and address skills shortages amongst young people.

Other areas to set to benefit from the investment include improved transport networks, faster broadband speeds and improving housing standards.

Councillor Mark Hannon, the council's cabinet member for economic development, said: “This is a very positive report. It is a working document so things can be put in and taken out wherever appropriate to deliver our aims.

“In times where austerity seems to have been going on forever, we are still investing in the area and we will continue to invest in the infrastructure in east Cleveland.”

It is hoped that the plan will deliver 155 business start ups, create or safeguard nearly 600 jobs and help to deliver more than 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities.

Cabinet member for member for highways, planning and transport and Skelton ward representative, Councillor Helen McLuckie said: “There is a need for jobs in east Cleveland and local jobs, as we know what problem transport is like in the area – it is really difficult.

Other plans for the money include investing in cash in growing the East Cleveland Business Park and improve commercial properties in town centres to encourage traders to open businesses.

Independent councilor Barry Hunt said: “The only thing that worries is that we could lose sight of some of the empty buildings that are already available in the area, such as the Co-op building in Skinningrove and on Loftus High Street.”

The authority has outlined 11 possible projects that will help deliver the investment across east Cleveland.

Councillor Hannon, who delivered the report, concluded: “This is a massive investment in the borough and it is really good to see this kind of economic growth going on in the borough.”

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2:32pm Wed 29 Jan 14

swagger says...

Local Business Invests in Quakers

The club’s fundraising initiative aims to draw on the support of all supporters of the football club and of the local business community. It is with great delight that we are proud to announce that a County Durham based Industrial Roofing contractor has joined the ranks of the growing business contingent prepared to back the Quakers.
aldersclad logo

Alderclad Ltd. based in Seaham, through one of their owners Anthony Nevison, has pledged a sum of money to the football club to help ensure its financial stability and to invest in the return to its home town. When Mr Nevison saw the monumental efforts being made by the current board of directors and fund raisers to get the club back to where it belongs in terms of geographical and league status, he said that he was only too willing to do what he could.

Anthony said, “Anyone involved in running a business knows that for continued success you need a good end product otherwise all your hard work and enthusiasm will be wasted. The next vital ingredient is people that you know and can trust, for example staff, clients and suppliers. Once you have these in place you have a fighting chance. The enthusiasm of everyone involved in the club is plain to see and with the current community based projects, as well as the on field footballing success, the end product seems to be getting there. Without question every single person involved with the club has a desire to move forward. We in the business community have many pressures put on us and occasionally we get the pleasure of being able to give a little back. Let’s hope for the future success of the club both on and off the field we are able to call on more businesses such as Alderclad to back the Quakers.”

Darlington Football Club is grateful to the investment made by Alderclad Ltd and we welcome all businesses to take up the challenge with us and invest in our future. If you would like more information about investing visit the page on our website at or you can invest directly by visiting Square Knot at www.squareknot.co.uk
/pitches. If you would like to contact the club regarding the benefit packages please email to commercial@dfc1883.c
o.uk.
Local Business Invests in Quakers The club’s fundraising initiative aims to draw on the support of all supporters of the football club and of the local business community. It is with great delight that we are proud to announce that a County Durham based Industrial Roofing contractor has joined the ranks of the growing business contingent prepared to back the Quakers. aldersclad logo Alderclad Ltd. based in Seaham, through one of their owners Anthony Nevison, has pledged a sum of money to the football club to help ensure its financial stability and to invest in the return to its home town. When Mr Nevison saw the monumental efforts being made by the current board of directors and fund raisers to get the club back to where it belongs in terms of geographical and league status, he said that he was only too willing to do what he could. Anthony said, “Anyone involved in running a business knows that for continued success you need a good end product otherwise all your hard work and enthusiasm will be wasted. The next vital ingredient is people that you know and can trust, for example staff, clients and suppliers. Once you have these in place you have a fighting chance. The enthusiasm of everyone involved in the club is plain to see and with the current community based projects, as well as the on field footballing success, the end product seems to be getting there. Without question every single person involved with the club has a desire to move forward. We in the business community have many pressures put on us and occasionally we get the pleasure of being able to give a little back. Let’s hope for the future success of the club both on and off the field we are able to call on more businesses such as Alderclad to back the Quakers.” Darlington Football Club is grateful to the investment made by Alderclad Ltd and we welcome all businesses to take up the challenge with us and invest in our future. If you would like more information about investing visit the page on our website at or you can invest directly by visiting Square Knot at www.squareknot.co.uk /pitches. If you would like to contact the club regarding the benefit packages please email to commercial@dfc1883.c o.uk. swagger

3:35pm Wed 29 Jan 14

st-george1 says...

Ambitious it may be for Mr Hanlon to say … 155 NEW business start ups, nearly 600 NEW jobs and more than 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities, ALL because of a £3m COUNCILCabinet Taxpayers investment plan to regenerate some of East Cleveland’s town and villages WHILST parts of Redcar town and seafront areas deteriorate because of the lack of pride and commitment to keep the place safe, clean and presentable for locals and visitors alike … even before any cuts, so no politicaly-motivated excuses please, UKIP are watching !
Ambitious it may be for Mr Hanlon to say … 155 NEW business start ups, nearly 600 NEW jobs and more than 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities, ALL because of a £3m COUNCILCabinet Taxpayers investment plan to regenerate some of East Cleveland’s town and villages WHILST parts of Redcar town and seafront areas deteriorate because of the lack of pride and commitment to keep the place safe, clean and presentable for locals and visitors alike … even before any cuts, so no politicaly-motivated excuses please, UKIP are watching ! st-george1

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