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Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (Wednesday 24th August 2016) welcomed the Redcar & Cleveland planning officers’ recommendation to refuse permission for an application to build 400 homes on land next to Flatts Lane Country Park.

Anna launched a campaign against this development, working with local councillors and the community to formally oppose the development and collecting over 2000 signatures.

The planners’ report notes that development at the site is not required to meet housing demand and that the longstanding boundary to development marked by the A174 would be breached, potentially encouraging further development down the hillside:

“There are alternative sites, both within and outside development limits, which are in more sustainable and less environmentally-sensitive locations and are more strongly related to nearby residential areas.”

“The proposals would remove the defensible boundary established by the A174, which helps to effectively contain the built-up area and distinguish it from the Eston Hills and, in doing so, could serve to encourage further housing development south of the Parkway at Normanby.”

They also warn of the detrimental impact on a vital green space and wildlife habitat:
“The site has an open aspect and tranquil character and, through mature woodland areas it effectively functions as a visual, atmospheric and noise ‘buffer’ between the Country Park and the built-up area. With 20,000 visits recorded at the bridleway in 2012, the application site is a popular access route into the Country Park and is part of a network of accessible urban fringe countryside in the wider Eston Hills area. In the event of development, site character would be lost, and its value as an environmental and community asset would be reduced.”

The final decision will be made by the planning committee. The application is scheduled to be heard at the next meeting of the Regulatory Committee on 1 September 2016, which commences at 10.00am at the Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, Ridley Street, Redcar TS10 1TD.

Anna said:

“This is excellent news and well done to everyone who joined the campaign in opposing this development. The arguments everyone made against this development have been vindicated in the planners’ report.

“I am pleased the council’s planning team listened to local concerns and have acted to conserve a vital green space and wildlife habitat.

“Their report is a clear and comprehensive statement that housing development on this land on Eston Hills is unnecessary and unsustainable and would damage an environment which is much valued by the whole community.

“The application now has to go before the planning committee who I hope will take the time to read the comprehensive analysis of this report, backed up by the strength of local opinion.”

Success for campaign against housing development at Flatts Lane Country Park as planners recommend refusal

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (Wednesday 24th August 2016) welcomed the Redcar & Cleveland planning officers’ recommendation to refuse permission for an application to build 400 homes...

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today welcomed plans to build a £100 million data centre at Wilton which will create approximately 400 jobs for the area.

The project is being driven by ST2 – a sustainable technology start up – and will be powered by Sembcorp. ST2 have completed a land exchange for a 31-acre plot and a planning application has been submitted.

Anna said:

“This is an exciting proposal and I’m really pleased to see ST2 have chosen Teesside as the place to make this investment. It is another vote of confidence in our area and our local workforce and shows that we have the skills and infrastructure to attract big investments like this.

“I look forward to seeing this project progress and hope it will encourage other technology start-ups to choose Teesside and create more quality technology jobs like these.”

For more information on this project, see http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northeast/redcar-land-acquired-ahead-of-400-job-project

Proposed datacentre at Redcar is ‘another vote of confidence in Teesside’

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today welcomed plans to build a £100 million data centre at Wilton which will create approximately 400 jobs for the area.

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, said today’s announcement of 140 job losses at Boulby potash mine is ‘disappointing news for the local economy’. 

Anna said:

“This is disappointing news and my immediate thoughts are with the workforce and their families affected by this announcement.

“Whilst ICL UK have been clear that reductions to the workforce would be made by 2018 when supplies of their traditional potash fertiliser stock are expected to completely run out, it is nevertheless unwelcome news for the local economy, which has already sustained a large number of job losses in the last year.

“With work due to be starting on a new biomass energy plant at Teesport in the coming weeks and the planned Sirius Minerals potash mine near Whitby, there are new work opportunities on the horizon which could utilise the skills of these workers. I will do all I can, working with ICL, the trade unions, and others to ensure the affected workforce get the support they need in the meantime.”

Job losses at Boulby Potash Mine

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, said today’s announcement of 140 job losses at Boulby potash mine is ‘disappointing news for the local economy’. 

Responding to the announcement by MGT Teesside Limited that site work for a £650 million Tees Renewable Energy Plant will start within weeks, Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley said:

“It is brilliant to see this project reach the construction stage as the investment being made will deliver a huge boost to our local economy, creating skilled jobs for those who have lost work and generating business for firms in the local supply chain. The energy industry is already one of Teesside’s key strengths and this project will build on that strength further.

“I look forward to seeing work start on the site and will do all I can to support MGT and ensure local people and businesses reap the benefits of this major investment project.”

Redcar MP says new biomass energy plant is ‘huge boost’ for area

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Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (4th July 2016) tabled a Private Members Bill to toughen up the sentencing for animal cruelty crimes, following local case where the abusers of a pet bulldog avoided jail.

Andrew and Daniel Frankish from Redcar horrifically abused their pet bulldog, Baby, repeatedly throwing her down the stairs, stamping on her head, swinging her around and head-butting her. They filmed the attack and were seen and heard to be laughing. Baby’s injuries were so severe that she was put down three months after the vicious attack due to loss of the use of her hind legs.

The brothers avoided jail and were sentenced in March to 21 weeks in prison, suspended for two years and a tagged curfew for six months.

The case has received national attention with almost half a million people signing an online petition calling for their sentence to be reviewed.

Anna has previously written to the Justice Minister, Michael Gove, requesting an urgent review into sentencing for animal cruelty crimes. The Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP replied on his behalf to say that they did not have the power to refer this kind of case for review and that people who commit animal cruelty can be sentenced for up to six months in prison.

Anna has now used a parliamentary mechanism called the 10 Minute Rule which gives backbenchers an opportunity to bring forward draft legislation for debate. It is often so popular that MPs have to sleep out to reserve a place in the queue outside the Public Bill Office.

Anna said:

“All abuse of animals is completely unacceptable but the abhorrent acts committed by the Frankish brothers were especially cruel and the fact that they have escaped prison is very concerning.There is widespread disbelief at the leniency of the sentencing in this case and I fear it will persuade other animal abusers that the law is on their side.Currently, people who commit animal cruelty can face up to six months in prison, a fine and be banned from keeping animals for life. However the fact the Frankish brothers escaped prison despite the severity of their crimes, it is clear the current sentencing guidelines are not strong enough.I queued up through the night to secure this bill to bring it before Parliament and will be working with the RSPCA and other campaigners because we cannot let other abusers get away with mistreating their animals as Baby was."

The Bill has been co-sponsored by Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North. He said:

“I am delighted to support Anna's initiative which serves to ensure there are fair penalties for people who carry out horrendous attacks on defenceless animals.”

Redcar MP tables bill for tougher animal cruelty sentencing following Frankish brothers case

Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, has today (4th July 2016) tabled a Private Members Bill to toughen up the sentencing for animal cruelty crimes, following local case where the...


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