Thursday, August 07, 2014

Saltburn Ward Newsletter August 2014

SALTBURN WARD NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2014 Contact no. 07557 540628

NEW EXHIBITION AT KIRKLEATHAM MUSEUM A new exhibition has started at Kirkleatham Museum entitled Celebrity Movie Treasures and runs from the 12th July until the 19th October. The touring exhibition is of personal belongings, movie props and costumes from the world of showbiz and provides a glimpse into the lives of some of the 21st centuries most iconic stars. Memorabilia from Fred Astaire, Doris Day, Chuck Berry and Michael Jackson are just some of the items exhibited. Admission is £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for a child, under 5’s free.

FURTHER PROGRESS TO TACKLE RED RIVER Things are moving steadily at the treatment plant to combat the deposits of Iron Ore deposits in the stream. Last year the first phase of the plant was installed close to Hagg Farm. This was basically two large settlement lagoons with aeration cascades with a large sludge drying lagoon. The overall loading of iron into the stream has reduced by around 60%.The second (and final) phase of work has just started. This will include two further settlement lagoons and a large reed bed. These are scheduled to be complete by the end of this year.

SALTBURN VALLEY GARDENS RETAINS GREEN FLAG STATUS Sites are assessed for their Green Flag status by volunteer judges who usually have a background in parks management, conservation or ecology. They judge against eight criteria testing whether the site or green space is: welcoming; healthy, safe and secure; clean and well-maintained; sustainable; manages conservation and heritage; has community involvement; markets itself, and has good management.

Saltburns bathing water continues to pass the European Bathing Water Directive’s higher guideline standard. The 12 samples taken this season have all passed. There are 8 more samples to be taken until the season ends in September.

A decision regarding the use of this building has now been put back until the end of September by the authority. The interested parties are Earthbeat Ltd and an unnamed business.

A planning application has been submitted in respect of the now disused car showroom located on Windsor Road. The application is a change in use for the former Car Company show room, Windsor Road, Saltburn to convert the change in use of the building to A1 retail. In planning applications A1 usage covers the use of the property to become a shop, retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel and ticket agencies, post offices and dry cleaners.
Subject to obtaining this change of use there would be a secondary application to cover any material changes. The applicant also states that 12 car parking spaces will be provided on the site forecourt. I have expressed my concerns to the planning department in respect of the traffic management of the area and the possible dangers to motorists and pedestrians if this site was developed. Unconfirmed reports state that the retail company Tesco are interested in the site to develop a Tesco Express outlet.

Saltburn Golf Club have purchased part of the land and will be building a driving range. They are undertaking minor temporary works to the land in relation to this planned facility. Saltburn Athletic FC will be leasing the football pitch and disused changing rooms so that the awarded £50,000 Sports England grant to improve the site can be implemented. The remainder of open space on Hob Hill will remain open with dedicated rights of way.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Tastebuds Tickled.

Thousands of foodies had their tastebuds tickled at Saltburn Food Festival.

The town’s Milton Street was transformed into a street market yesterday showcasing over sixty of the North East and North Yorkshire’s best independent food producers.

With a tasty mix of stalls including a wide range of locally produced meat, vegetables, artisan bread, handmade cheese, micro brewery beers and chocolate, a record number of people filled the town to sample some of the culinary delights.

Festival organiser, Lorna Jackson said: “What a day! Last year was our first festival and we didn’t really know what to expect.

“This year we thought we knew what was coming but today has just taken on another life of its own.

“We’ve been busy right from the off and the atmosphere around the place has been wonderful all day long.

This, the second ever Saltburn Food Festival, builds on the seaside town’s already popular monthly Farmers’ Market which was shortlisted as National Farmers’ Market of the Year earlier this year.

Lorna said: “All of the traders share our passion for good locally produced food and one thing they keep telling me is how much they love coming here to our monthly Farmers’ Market.

“They tell me they love the people here and most of them have sold out again today.”

Alongside the stalls, live cookery demonstrations took place with guest chefs cooking up a treat in the festival’s Cookery Theatre.

Former Coronation Street star turned TV chef, Sean Wilson and Radiohead’s personal chef, Sarah Muir were amongst the special guests delighting crowds with their live cooking.

Sean Wilson said: “This is the first time I’ve been to Saltburn and it won’t be the last.

“The place is a real oasis. It looks wonderful but the people have been amazing all day long. Warm, welcoming and it has been a real pleasure to be here.

“The cookery theatre was obviously great fun to do but it was great to walk around and see how much the place was buzzing.”

Sarah Muir who is now back home in North Yorkshire running her hugely popular, Arches Cookery School at Grinkle Park Farm near Loftus, said: “This is easily one of the best food festivals in the country.

“There’s a great mix of stallholders and the vibe has just been incredible all day.

“Saltburn really is an absolute gem of a place and I can’t wait for next year.”

Lorna added: “Our guest chefs have all been a joy to work with and have all really enjoyed the day.

“We thought it would be very difficult to top last year but Saltburn has done itself proud yet again.”