Tuesday, December 17, 2013
As reported by Councillor Stuart Smith
On Friday morning the 3 ward councillors Joan, Philip and I met with Council officers and the Cabinet member for Highways and Planning, to ascertain the extent of the damage and planned order of repair works to be undertaken due to the recent storm. I can report the following.
1. LOSS OF SLIP WAYS AND PART OF SEA WALL - A stonemason will undertake repair work starting in early January. The sandstone blocks will be stored on the lower prom next to the life guard station. The repair work will take up to 8 weeks and each stone will have to be reset in a similar way as a jig saw. The slip way will have a concrete base where prior to the storm it was compact shingle. Sea wall railings will be replaced.
2. DAMAGE TO ROAD SURFACE - Work underway to repair by Carillion.
3. DAMAGE TO PIER - The pier structure itself appears to be undamaged but will remain closed until access can be gained to the pier head from the beach when tidal flows allow. The main building amusements have suffered extensive damage to the interior due to sea water entering the building. We were told water damage had even occurred to the ceiling. Of concern are that two major supporting beams under the pier head have snapped however the engineer states they should be easily removed and replaced? Time scale on this is unknown but will be carried out a.s.a.p.
4. VICTORIAN SHELTER - The shelter supports were found to be rotten and this has been demolished. In relation to this there was some discussion as to whether it should be replaced. I got the feeling that there was a reluctance to do so due to financial implications, however all 3 councillors disagreed with this and stated it should be replaced. I suggested it could be a project for the local college or Kirklevington Prison if we funded the materials required.
5. STEPS FROM PIER CAR PARK TO BEACH CLOSE TO CCTV POLE - Will be reset this week by Carillion.
6. DAMAGED FOOTBRIDGE OVER BECK - Wooden boards to be repaired a.s.a.p. and none slip surface applied. Shingle under the road bridge over the weekend which was pushed in with the high tide was removed lowering the beck level from the bridge span. Further work to investigate the removal of the old sewer pipe underneath which acts as a barrier during flooding and high tides. Long term goal is to replace bridge and construct it closer to the height of the road bridge.
7. EROSION OF BANKSIDE OPPOSITE CAMFIELDS - Armour rock (Gabion baskets would not be permitted by environmental agency) to be placed in various sections to stabilise area. Long term goal is to stabilise whole area with concrete bankside similar to section at picnic area.
In addition we were informed that over the past year the sand level on the beach had dropped over one and half feet which if it had been in place would have had a dragging effect on the sea level and wave impact.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
COUNCILLOR STUART SMITH
Contact no. 07557540628
MR TREVOR COX COMMUNITY CHAMPION
My nomination for the Mayors Community Achievement Award 2013 was Mr Trevor Cox who was presented with his award at a ceremony in Redcar on Wednesday 20th November. Trevor who is a resident at the Victoria Lodge Residential Home for adults in Saltburn has been street collecting for the charity Zoë’s Place, Normanby for the past 5 years and during this time his endless efforts have raised a staggering amount of well over 22,000 pounds for this charity. Trevor’s day is occupied collecting for this charity and he can be found throughout the year, in all weathers stood in the Station precinct collecting. He also holds a car boot stall every Sunday to raise funds.
CLIFF LIFT PASSENGER RECORD
2013 was a record year for passenger usage of the Saltburn Cliff Lift. The lift carried 167,000 passengers over the season an increase of 27,000 from 2012 a record year.
FREE PARKING ACROSS BOROUGH DURING XMAS PERIOD
Shoppers and retailers are set to benefit from the introduction of free parking in the run up to Christmas and over the festive period.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council will not charge after 1pm each day at any of the borough’s council managed car parks from November 29 to December 31.
Free parking is restricted to council-run pay and display locations which include on street pay and display bays and off street pay and display car parks.
Motorists are reminded that normal parking charges apply from 8am until 1pm and should check the pay and display notices at each site.
STATION STREET TOILETS REFURBISHED
Saltburn Station toilets have been refurbished and are now open.
MILLIONS LOTTERY SUCCESS FOR SALTBURN THEATRE
Saltburn Community Arts Association were successful in their lottery bid for £50,000 to refurbish the theatre and install modern sound and lighting equipment. The People’s Millions is a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund.
SALTBURN SALE ROOMS CLOSE
Saltburn Sales Rooms, which has a history going back at least 84 years has closed following the present owner John Simmons' retirement. The final sale was on Tuesday, November 26. John’s father began working for the previous owner, Mr Dickinson, after he came back from the war in 1946. He took over the business in 1966 and eventually it was passed on to his son. Mr Simmons’ own two daughters have careers in the NHS and both had babies in the last year and have no plans to take the business on.
MAY I WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PROPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR