Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What You'll See; Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

What You'll See; Your Say

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WHEN you elect a council they are supposed to listen to you, but 98% of the people in Redcar do not want the vertical pier.

At the concept, why didn't councillors get a crane and be lifted up 80ft to see just what panoramic views they have? If they face the sea, they see more sea and on a clear day may see the wind turbines at Blyth; behind them they will see all the council estates and private houses in Redcar and, in the distance, Eston Hills (wow); to the right, it's the steelworks, the power station and the oil refineries on the banks of the Tees (what a view); to the left, you look down the prom to Marske and Saltburn.

You can see nothing else because everything is round the headland at Saltburn.

What foresight and you may have to pay for the privilege of seeing it. How many people can go up at any one time? A pier out to sea would attract more people.

What about the other white elephant the council propose, The Hub? The hoarding says 'we have the money in place to do it' but, if that's the case, why has it been empty so long and no signs of a starting date? For as long as I can remember the boats pulled up onto the slipways at Redcar and you bought your crabs and fish direct from the boat.

I have been told that the council propose to build a shop on the seafront for the fishermen to sell their catch. What a waste.

DEREK BULL, Skelton THE article Pier Under Threat (News, 14.03.11) says it all about Redcar & Cleveland Council.

We have the LibDems taking a cheap shot and claiming that the tower will not be built if they take power in the forthcoming election. I view this as similar to the national political position - desperate Tories took in the LibDems for a coalition and the LibDems are embarrassed by their inability to keep their manifesto word (on student fees, for example).

Cllr Abbot claims that 97% of those asked in their poll did not want the tower. I am surprised the figure is so low because the only people I am aware of who want it are the Labour councillors. …

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