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Plans to develop Saltburn school site for community use

A group of Saltburn community organisations is seeking council permission to develop the former Marske Mill Lane School site - retaining the iconic cupola landmark - for community use. Their plan is due to be decided on by Redcar

and Cleveland Council’s cabinet at a date yet to be fixed. The 25,000-word business plan proposal envisages

transfer of the site on either a freehold basis or a long leasehold at a peppercorn rent under the Community Asset Transfer scheme. It was submitted in September by Saltburn Community

and Arts Association Ltd in consultation with local community groups and businesses. Potential developments already identified for the site

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provision of meeting rooms and café; setting up a town archive;

creation of display space for exhibitions and events;

development of facilities to support arts and crafts, film and photography, drama and music;

construction of youth hostel accommodation for visitors;

hosting of sporting activities, including a skatepark.

The bid document, which includes a comprehensive five-year business plan and detailed proposals to develop the site for community use, was compiled by local residents. They include Bernard Storey, chairman of Saltburn

Civic Society and a director of Saltburn Community and Arts Association; local businessman Peter Neal, a fellow-arts association director and developer of the website; university lecturer Sue Pierce, secretary of Saltburn ’53 Drama Group; Jim Wingham, chairman of Saltburn Gill Action Group, and NHS administrator Janice Crombie, another arts association director and secretary of the newly-formed Saltburn Town Partnership. Nearly 50 people attended a public meeting held in

Saltburn’s community hall on Friday, 28th October 2011 to discuss plans for the site. Those present included Tom Blenkinsop MP and ward Councillor Stuart Smith, both of

Local petition success

Plans are in motion for the speed limit on Marske Road, Saltburn (outside of the riding stables) to be reduced to 40mph. This follows a recent petition signed by 1017 residents to have the current speed limit (of 60mph) reduced. Police officers and council engineers met recently

on the busy stretch of road and together agreed the new limit. Due to legal formalities it will not take effect till at least April 2012. I will keep you informed about the progress of the

Pegasus crossing, that was also asked for. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition with

special thanks to The Co-op garage, Di’s fish and chip shop, the Post Office and The Spar for displaying the petition.

Julie Ditchburn

whom have agreed to be referees for the application. The bid has also received strong backing from Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council. The meeting saw widespread support for the bid,

which promises “creativity at the heart of the community.” In response to questions about the costs involved, Sue Pierce said: “We are confident that there are grants available.” Peter Neal said the community hall and theatre were

often fully booked so the proposed development would help to meet existing demand and allow community groups such as Saltburn Community and Arts Association and Saltburn ’53 Drama Group, to expand their activities. Jim Wingham said: “It’s a community bid, not an elitist one”, and Bernard Storey thanked everyone who had taken part in previous public meetings and helped to identify ideas for the site and compile the bid. Kerry Paterson, who runs Saltburn Beavers and

organised the town party to celebrate the royal wedding in April, said that hundreds of youngsters were keen on skateboarding. She promised to work closely with local residents to allay any concerns about the proposed skatepark. A decision on the bid, which will be considered at

cabinet level, was expected from the council on Friday, 11th November 2011 but was delayed. Individuals and community groups were encouraged to write to the council’s asset management team expressing their support for the proposed development of the site for community use. Information about the proposed Community Asset

Transfer can be found on the websi te, on the Facebook page The Works at Marske Mill, or by e-mailing The scheme’s title is The Works @ Marske Mill. The

school buildings are over 100 years old and were used until two years ago as the town’s junior school, which then moved across the road to the new learning campus. It also housed the former Saltburn High School until the mid-20th century.

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