Monday, 30 June 2014

York Potash mine extension and industrial harbour in Teesside

Dear Friends,

Today you should have received a newsletter regarding York Potash plans for a mine extension and an industrial harbour in Teesside.

FRED are requesting the planning application they are submitting and any associated planning documents.

In general terms we would like to know how these extensive developments will impact our coastal areas particularly along Redcar, Marske and Saltburn and we would like information regarding any neighbourhood programmes or schemes they have in place that benefit your neighbours - namely  you the residents.

Being a voluntary community ACTiON group we are very concerned and interested to know about any development to our coastline which may impact on the aesthetics, environment and general cleanliness. 

FREDs number one focus is Redcar beach which has suffered from industrial waste and aesthetic oversights for decades at the cost to local tourism. As you know, along with other forward thinking voluntary groups we are trying to change this around but will always need the support from local businesses to be more conscientious and neighbourly to benefit us all.

As you know we have just successfully campaigned for the clear up of rubble from Redcar Beach following the considerable work carried out by Environmental Agency and Balfour Beatty  (Birse) on the coastal defences. 

During our clean ups we come across many items overlooked by businesses around Hartlepool and Teesmouth. This may be packaging material, building debris or other industrial waste. For example Hartlepool nuclear plant are responsible for the Taprogge filter balls found all along East coastline. 

FRED will continue to campaign for a better seafront more fitting of a seaside town. Join us. We do more than pick litter off the beach. We're bringing back the seaside.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Environmental Agency commit to Redcar Beach Clean Up July 2014

Dear Friends,

GREAT NEWS TODAY. We have had confirmation from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (RCBC) that the Environmental Agency (EA) are going to do an industrial clean up of the areas of Redcar beach that FRED (Friends of Redcar) has highlighted as being full of building materials both exposed and buried. 

The EA have committed to three full days on the 15th, 16th and 17th July and will bring digging equipment and a crew of around 10 workers.

We'd like to take the opportunity to thank all those who have helped us campaign, who have shared our messages and who have pulled the strings to bring common sense to this issue.

Redcar is turning a corner and FRED are working with the council to improve our prospects as a tourism hotspot with events, activities, exposure of issues and fresh ideas. 

Here is our message of thanks and an invitation to join us and RCBC on the beach on the 13th July (TBA)