Monday, March 12, 2007

Summertime tea in the Valley Gardens

Saltburn Valley Tea RoomsPlans are being prepared for the development of a new summertime teatime facility at Saltburn Valley Gardens. Redcar & Cleveland council aim to re-develop the existing tearooms on the Tea Lawn below the Woodland Centre for year-round use.It is hoped that the facility will also extend the employment and training opportunities for those adults with learning disabilities working successfully at the Upsall Hall Rural Centre, Nunthorpe where trainees help staff the Upsall Cottage cafe.
The work is due to start in May with the tea rooms open for business at the start of the schools' summer holiday as part of a £136,500 investment for the Gardens.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism Councillor Dave Fitzpatrick said, "The improvements will provide a boost to tourism. We are not only making a considerable investment into upgrading the Gardens but we're offering a marvellous chance for these adults. We have been delighted at the success of the Upsall Cottage cafe and are absolutely convinced that the skills of these adults will be able to be transferred to another environment."

Other work in the Gardens will refurbish the Albert Memorial, a Grade II listed building, on the beckside below the bandstand. The 1867 structure, a memorial to Queen Victoria's consort, Prince Albert, will be treated with anti-vandal paint and be restored to its original paintwork. Plans also include the installation of a new fountain on the beckside and new seating around the feature

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