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Catering college and new walled garden planned near Redcar

Kirkleatham Museum Credit: Redcar and Cleveland Council

A new Catering Academy and Walled Garden are planned for a big regeneration project at the Kirkleatham Estate.

It's anticipated to create 40 direct jobs, 40 indirect jobs and over 100 apprenticeships.

The council has secured £1.1 million from the Coastal Communities Fund for the project and is currently in the process of securing £2.4 million from the Local Growth Fund.

The money will be used to develop a visitor attraction and training centre which would incorporate a restaurant, potentially with a retail unit and events space within three and a half acres of restored gardens.

“The regeneration of the Kirkleatham Estate is a huge priority for the council. The success of the Festival of Thrift, which attracted 35,000 visitors to the site, only highlights what an asset the estate is to our borough.

It is a unique setting with rich heritage, which we see as a major opportunity for development to help create employment and training opportunities, while building a major visitor attraction.

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

The estate contains the Kirkleatham Museum which attracts over 100,000 visitors per year.


Baby seal found stranded on Teesside beach

Credit: BDMLR

A baby seal has been found stranded on a Teesside beach. The grey pup was found yesterday on Saltburn beach by a member of the public and was rescued by a volunteer from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).

The pup will be cared for until it is well enough to be released back into the wild.

The Grey seal pup will be around 3-4 weeks old, there were no injuries but at 13.5kg it is underweight and therefore will need to be looked after at a rehab centre until it is big enough to be released back into the wild.

– BDMLR spokesperson

Grey seal pups stay with their mothers until they are weaned at around 3 weeks old, after that they are left alone to take care of themselves. While most are fine some struggle and once they become dehydrated they end up on our beaches and are in danger from dogs and people.

Man missing from Redcar

Anthony Smith

Police are appealing for information about a missing man from Redcar.

Anthony Smith, 56, was last seen at his home on Trent Road, Redcar, at around 8.30am on February 16. There was a sighting of him on Milton Street, in Saltburn, at around 5.30pm on February 17.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.


Redcar and Cleveland Council leader resigns

George Dunning has resigned from his position as the leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Credit: Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

The Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, George Dunning, has announced his resignation.

The councillor handed over a resignation letter at the start of a meeting in which a vote of no-confidence in him was scheduled. It comes after his deselection, and resignation, from the Labour Party last week.

A new council leader will be voted in shortly.

Couple to create Middle Earth campsite in Cleveland

Carol Hopkinson and Karl Wragg with (left) Rosalie, Holly and baby Poppy, three of their five children who inspired their business Credit: Redcar and Cleveland Council

A couple from Cleveland are turning their campsite into the fabled Middle Earth, complete with hobbit homes.

Carol Hopkinson and Karl Wragg received £10,000 from Redcar & Cleveland Council’s Coastal Communities Fund for the first of seven underground hobbit houses at their Liverton campsite.

Based on the Hobbit Shire, in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels, the couple will provide unique accommodation on Golden Hill Farm, the former Bunny Land site, creating four jobs.

Carol said: “When we opened the campsite we wanted to create a place where families and particularly children could enjoy nature instead of being glued to the telly. We aim to create an environment for wildlife to thrive and the new project is an extension of that ethos. The North York Moors National Park Authority recognises this and has given the go ahead, which is a fantastic endorsement.”

North Shire will cost £200,000 to build and will operate alongside the couple’s existing family campsite which features two traditional gypsy caravans.

Each wheelchair accessible subterranean hobbit house will have two bedrooms, a lounge, cooking facilities and a wood burning stove.

Grants of up to £10,000 in match-funding are available to support tourism and leisure businesses, like in the borough through the Coastal Communities Fund.

Carol Hopkinson and Karl Wragg with three of their five children who inspired their business Credit: Redcar and Cleveland Council
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Full Report: North East UKIP in Stephen Lawrence row

The secretary of the Redcar UKIP branch faces being expelled from the party after she posted derogatory remarks about the media coverage of the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Pamela Preedy wrote in a UKIP online forum last year that the image of the murdered teenager has been "promoted to sainthood".

The party's North East chairman has launched a full investigation into the comments which he says entirely contradict UKIP's policies.

Rachel Bullock reports.

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