A £3m programme to improve the look and feel of Redcar and Cleveland is entering an exciting new phase.
This year plans for improvements to parks will be a key focus of the council’s Public Realm scheme.
Public Realm is designed to make relatively small scale, environmental improvements to public buildings, roads, parks, pathways, signage and much more and is entering its third – and final – phase, concluding in 2021.
The programme has already completed 85 schemes ranging from major highway improvements, renovating cenotaphs and new lighting.
Another 65 are still in progress and are due to be completed by 2021.
They include a £115,000 plan to improve four play parks in East Cleveland, as well as a £72,500 project to improve Westgate Park in Guisborough, £30,000 to improve Rosedale Play Area, Nunthorpe and £50,000 for improvements to South Park Wood, Normanby, including a better play area, improved pathways and entrances.
Other bigger projects planned for this year include £40,000 plans to improve Saltburn’s woodland walkway as well as improving the drainage throughout the woodland from Hazel Grove to the promenade which includes re-installing a new wooden footbridge and replacing handrails on a second bridge.
Councillor Bob Norton, cabinet member for economic growth, said: “It’s not only the bigger schemes but the smaller projects which can have a big impact, for example a new footpath link at Teesville has really helped people get out and about and a new picnic area at Saltburn Valley Gardens is really well used.
“The community engagement is also fantastic from all our councillors to hundreds of members of the public who have come up with some good, practical suggestions.”
Major schemes already completed have included: renovating cenotaphs across the borough in time for the centenary of the end of the First World War, improving the ‘Magnet’ roundabout at Grangetown, improvements to Fabian Court, laying new paths at Redcar cemetery, improving footpaths and increasing burial capacity at Eston Cemetery and new signage across the borough. Public Realm has also been used to bring in funding from external bodies.
More than 1,000 feasible schemes have been put forward by councillors via the public since 2014 and the wider community has been engaged whenever possible.
Here’s a list of Public Realm projects where you are:
Redcar and Coastal area
• Alley gates in Muriel and Alfred Street (Coatham) – £10,000
• New railings around Coatham Green – £27,500
• Improvements to Dormanstown play areas, including the provision of play equipment for disabled children in Locke Park – total £37,500
• New street furniture in Kirkleatham – £10,000
• Hard landscaping scheme in Lakes Avenue to improve the appearance of the large raised planter in Newcomen – £22,500
• Sculptures and mosaics in St Germains – £22,500
• Improvements in Borough Park, including new railings, gates, improved footpaths £37,500
• Improvements to the paddling pool and play around it, Zetland £37,500
• Deepdale Lane (Skinningrove to Loftus) £20,000 – creation of heritage trail
• Lighting in Chapel Beck Guisborough £17,500
• Hutton – Dorset Road Estate – increased parking, working with Beyond £37.5k (plus £10k Safer Streets contribution) total £47,500
• Lingdale Youth Club – development of area behind the centre to make a usable space for the young people £10,000
• Increased parking outside Moorsholm Cricket Ground on Guisborough road £17,500
• Saltburn – improved steps and new handrails, Lower Prom £13,750
• Westworth – extended car parking in Margrove Park £17,500
• Eston – Lighting of sculptures and lighting of Lazenby War memorial £20,000
• Gateway signage features in Grangetown £15,000
• Grangetown – Public Realm contribution towards Grangetown United £60,000
• Ormesby library – new car park £30,000
• Eston – Work on Gladstone Street to improve parking £10,000
• Eston Community Garden- make into a sustainable space with artificial grass, solar lighting etc
• Teesville – improvements to footpaths and increasing burial potential £22,800
• Teesville – Alley gates £12,200