The Liberal Democrat Group on Redcar and Cleveland Council

A Stronger Economy – A Fairer Society

Ian Swales MP welcomes specialist academy to Redcar

July 7th, 2014 by Group Office

The development of a multi-million pound specialist oil and gas academy has been confirmed today. 

The world class facility on the site of Redcar and Cleveland College will train more people in the skills they need to work in the oil and gas industry – a sector which is growing on Tees Valley. The academy will build on the work the college is already doing with new starters and existing management in the industry across the world. The academy will be linked with other similar colleges including an already established facility in Dubai.

Ian Swales, Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar Constituency commented:

“This is fantastic news for our area.

“I have been helping to develop this project for a long time – engaging with local training managers, the Council, private sector and the college in order to lobby central government for investment.

“The academy will bring international business people into the town and will lead to further investment.

“Teesside is on the up.”

Lib Dems welcome extra money to fix potholes

June 30th, 2014 by Group Office
Cllr Mike Carling inspects potholes in Borough Road

Cllr Mike Carling inspects potholes in Borough Road

Liberal Democrats on Redcar & Cleveland Council are delighted that the Council is to receive over £300,000 to fix potholes.

The Government has just announced extra funding for councils up and down the country to deal with the problem.

Redcar & Cleveland is set to get £301,123. The Government estimates that each pothole costs £53 to fix on average. This means that over 5,000 holes can be repaired in the borough.

Lib Dem Highways spokesman, Councillor Mike Carling, welcomed the extra money saying:

“This is excellent news for our area.

“Potholes affect all areas of our borough. They damage cars and cause injury to pedestrians and cyclists. It’s an issue that concerns many people and that is why Liberal Democrats in Redcar have campaigned for improvements for many years.

“I am pleased to see that the Coalition Government is taking the issue seriously and providing this much-needed extra funding.”

Lib Dem Group Leader Glyn Nightingale added:

“The Labour Council puts up Council Tax every year yet fails to get the basics right. Now, thanks to the Coalition Government, they have no excuse for failing to fix our roads.”

Never mind the bollards

June 24th, 2014 by Group Office
Cllr Chris Abbott

Cllr Chris Abbott

LAST August bollards in Redcar’s popular but privately owned Roseberry Shopping Centre on Roseberry Road, were given a coat of yellow and black hooped paint, by the Centre’s Management Company, Knight Frank, to make them stand out more as drivers were shunting into them frequently.

Since then thousands of pounds of damage has been done to vehicles and the evidence is clear on every bollard.

Newcomen Ward Councillor Chris Abbott took this up with Knight Frank last August and was informed the bollards and speed humps were installed when the centre was constructed as part of the planning requirements for traffic management around the site:

“The company could not understand why people could not see them.

“Even though they are clearly marked they cannot be seen when you are manoeuvring in the car park and every single one is marked by people shunting into them. It is easy to forget they are there and you cannot see them when you are sat in a car close up to them. There are none of these in the Council’s car parks.

“People keep complaining to me about it and grumbling about the damage done to their vehicles.

“The shopping experience at this excellent facility can be improved 100% if these pointless bollards, that appear to serve no real purpose, were removed together with the dreadful road humps which also annoy everyone so much. These do not work as safety measures because people weave about to avoid them. Half were removed last year but the rest still remain.”

Marks & Spencer decision is short-sighted says Swales

June 3rd, 2014 by Group Office

Disappointed with the news that Marks and Spencer have decided to close their Outlet store on Redcar High Street, Ian Swales MP has written to management to urge them to reconsider.

Ian Swales commented:

“We’ve had a lot of investment in Redcar in recent years, including the regeneration of the seafront and the recently opened civic and leisure centre. The constituency has received a significant amount of Government funding and I continue to push for further investment.

“Finally unemployment is down, industry is growing again and the town is really on the up. I think the decision to close the store is short sighted and I have urged Marks and Spencer to reconsider.”

Victory in Dormanstown

May 24th, 2014 by Group Office

The Liberal Democrats have held on to the Dormanstown ward in yesterday’s Council by-election.

New Councillor Sabrina Thompson was elected by the people of Dormanstown, Kirkleatham and Yearby in the election caused by the retirement through ill health of Lib Dem John Earl.

The result was:

Sabrina Thompson (Liberal Democrats) 753

Labour 741

UKIP 523

Sabrina lives in the ward, has four children and is studying Law.

Lib Dem Group Leader Glyn Nightingale said:

“This shows that once again the people have put their trust in the Liberal Democrats because of our all-year-round hard work and local action.”

“It’s great to have Sabrina in the Council Group. She will be a great asset to the Council and will work hard to get things done in the area.”

Redcar Lib Dems name their team

May 13th, 2014 by Group Office

Liberal Democrat councillors at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council have re-elected Councillor Glyn Nightingale as their group leader.

Glyn, a retired teacher, represents the Ormesby ward and has been group leader since 2011. He will also speak for the group on finance.

Deputy Leader will be Cllr Josh Mason from Redcar (Zetland ward), who at 26 is one of the youngest councillors in the country. The Lib Dem Group will be chaired by Cllr Mike Carling, who takes over from Cllr Irene Nightingale.

The Lib Dem Group also elected its Shadow Cabinet for the next year. Cllr Mike Carling will speak on highways, transport & planning, whilst his West Dyke ward colleague Cllr Mary Ovens will cover health & children’s services.

Meanwhile, Cllr Chris Abbott will continue to speak on housing and community safety for the group, and Cllr Ron Harrison takes responsibility for economic development, environment and rural affairs. Deputy Leader Josh Mason will be group spokesperson on culture & leisure.

Cllr Glyn Nightingale said:

“I am delighted to be re-elected as leader of the Liberal Democrat group. We have a track record of providing opposition and an alternative to Labour.

“The Tories are very weak in our borough whilst the so-called “Independents” have voted to keep Labour in control.

“Council Tax bills are going up whilst Labour fails to get the basics right. Our Borough needs an effective opposition that can hold Labour to account.”