Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Saltburn Mortuary to be sold.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has embarked on a five-year programme of selling off surplus assets in a bid to reduce its running costs.

And the latest sites to be offered to the market for sale or lease were confirmed yesterday.

Saltburn's old mortuary is one of several properties going up for sale this week - as a council aims to raise millions of pounds by disposing of land and buildings it says it no longer needs.

They are:
Saltburn Mortuary, which could be converted to a beach chalet or other use;
Normanby Reading Room, on Normanby High Street, which is suitable for retail, office, studio or community use;
Skelton Micro-cafe, on Skelton High Street, which is suitable for various uses and located in a residential and retail area;
The Settlement and the former Methodist Church and Hall - a striking building at the heart of the regeneration of South Bank;
Land at Brotton High Street, which would be suitable for various uses, subject to planning consent.

First floor space totalling 606 sq ft in the Saltburn Foreshore Building is also available to let.

The 19th century, grade II-listed mortuary on Saltburn Foreshore is among the most unusual properties going to the market. It was built as a mortuary in 1881, but stopped being used for that purpose in the 1960s and its most recent operation was a store.

The sale or lease of all these sites is intended to provide a further boost for the Council in difficult economic times.

The capital receipts generated will be used to improve services and help the authority in its efforts to make £34m of savings over the next few years.

There is also potential for community groups to take on the lease or management of surplus council properties, under a 'community asset transfer' policy.

Councillor Norman Pickthall, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: "In the present economic climate, it makes good sense for the Council to operate its services from fewer buildings or share accommodation with its partners.

This on-going programme of disposing of assets will generate funds and reduce our running costs during times of unprecedented economic turbulence.

As a result, we are now seeking people who can reinvigorate these buildings and put them to good use to help regenerate the area."

Anyone wanting further information about the land and property that is coming to the market, and the Councils community asset transfer policy, should contact its Asset Management Service on 01642 444392 or e-mail helen.stubbs@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Saturday, July 07, 2012

New Mosaic for Saltburn Foreshore

Saltburn artists Helen Gaunt and Derek Mosey have had a busy week in the Gallery.

Helen reports, 'We've had a brilliant week in Saltburn Gallery working on a mosaic with young people from Saltburn Learning Campus. The 12 foot long mosaic panel was commissioned for the beach huts on the Foreshore by Saltburn Foreshore Committee. Funding came from Groundworks NE and SSI Steel. The Foreshore Committee requested a smuggling theme. Hope you like it.'

We look forward to seeing it when it is completed.