Multi-million pound investment to improve Redcar

Redcar Credit: PA

Local businesses and people living on Teesside are being asked for their views on how best to spend a multi-million pound investment fund for improving Redcar town centre.

Residents are invited to put their ideas forward at a number of drop-in-sessions in the area.

In December, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council announced an eight million pound package for the borough, with one million pound specifically being committed to Redcar town centre.

£8m

The total fund for the borough.

£1m

The amount that has been specifically committed to Redcar town centre.

£5m

Central government have pledged five million pounds of support.

The investment is being supported by £5 million from central government as part of the multi-million pound support fund secured by the SSI Task Force.

Following a community meeting, local businesses, retailers and residents about the high street, a series of proposals have been drawn up about how the money will be used.

The plans include turning empty properties into vibrant retail and business spaces, and attracting visitors and new investors by improving the marketing and promotion of the town.

Members of the public can give their feedback to the proposals at the drop-in sessions which will be held at:

  • 14a and 14b Redcar High Street (near the brick clock tower)

  • Wednesday 22 February from 9.30am-4.30pm

  • Thursday 23 February from 9.30am-6pm

  • Friday 24 February from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Anna Turley MP said:

Our town is buzzing with ideas about the future of our High Street and the town centre. > The drop-in sessions are another chance for residents and local businesses to have their say on how the multi-million pound investment is spent. > By working together I know we can make a real success of it so make sure you don't miss out on having your say."

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar

Councillor Dale Quigley, cabinet member for economic growth at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said:

The closure of SSI in 2015 created an economic shock in our local economy, which has hit Redcar hard.

Councillor Dale Quigley