Waste Collection: small electrical items and batteries

Just to remind Saltburn residents (I needed reminding myself) that, though we are encouraged to use the small electrical items bank at the library, we can also leave them out on any bin day, separate from our rubbish or recycling bins (not inside as they tend to set the bin wagons on fire). At present, the library bank does not take batteries. Continue reading Waste Collection: small electrical items and batteries

Dorman Long Tower

For residents information, last Friday afternoon Historic England added the Dorman Long Tower to the statutory list of buildings, Grade 2. This prevents Teesworks from demolishing the Tower, and they will now have to apply for planning permission to do so. The proposal, should they make one, will go through the normal processes, and will most likely go to the Regulatory Committee. Residents will be able to make submissions to the Committee in the usual way. Continue reading Dorman Long Tower

Waste Matters

Just been in a Council briefing about waste management in the borough: They said: The current waste contractor does not require paper and card to be kept separate from the rest of the recycling. COVID has impacted the service, especially a severe shortage of hgv drivers, including agency drivers. The management team has daily crisis meetings. Quite a lot of waste being put into the green bins is actually recyclable, such as cardboard and metal. A lot more waste has been collected from homes during the pandemic, inevitably. 98% of residents think it is important to recycle. 66% think they … Continue reading Waste Matters

BMI Letters

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/a-child-think-theyre-fat-20894366?utm_source=linkCopy&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar I complained so many times about these BMI letters when I was Children’s Lead on the Council. Sadly, I didn’t have the power to stop them as, though they are sent out in the Council’s name, they are printed and sent by the local NHS. The officials did say they would make sure that at least those letters saying a child was obese would have the parent’s name on the envelope, rather than “parents of” and then the child’s name. The idea of a twelve year old accidentally opening a letter and finding she has been declared overweight by … Continue reading BMI Letters

New Saltburn Parking Charges

I feel I must give residents some early info on this issue. When the long-planned works to increase the number of parking spaces has been completed in Saltburn, the current Council administration, lead by Cllr Mary Lanigan, is planning to introduce parking charges on Marine Parade, as well as resident-only parking in the Jewel streets. Now, I know from talking to visitors to Saltburn in our shop that they like the free parking, and are often surprised that it is all free. Perhaps it makes them more inclined to drive to Saltburn. It is also possible that Jewel-street residents will … Continue reading New Saltburn Parking Charges

My Budget Speech 20/21

I’ve been looking at some old videos. In particular a video of a full council meeting here in March 2016. It was fascinating. I watched Councillor Massey propose the budget for the next year. He announced that the Council Tax bill of, for example, £1376 for Band D, non-parishwould remain the same. But he also said that George Osborne‘s new Levy which was ring fenced foradult care would be added to the bill. That amount was £27 for Band D taking the bill to £1403.Then, when the police and the fire service added their precepts the total bill was £1685. … Continue reading My Budget Speech 20/21