In June 2021, we received the exciting news that the Government had agreed to award £25 million to Redcar as part of its Town Deal Programme. We are now putting together the detailed plans of each of our projects before we can start delivering the major change promised in our Town Investment Plan.
The Town Board was established to come up with sustainable plans, and representatives from across the community including businesses and the private sector got involved. There will now be discussions on how to proceed with proposals, which include:
A new centre for adventure activities at Coatham to help attract more visitors to the town;
Family Activity Centre on the seafront, with sea views;
A scheme to link the seafront to the High Street, with a new outdoor space where existing and ‘pop-up’ businesses could trade outside;
An improved library and community support hub with meeting rooms.
A Town Centre Management function is expected to be established which will provide a dedicated resource to liaise with investors and administer business support, such as digital training to take advantage of the e-commerce boom. The service would also help to coordinate events and drive further improvements to the visitor experience, ensuring that the town remains vibrant all year round.
A new Clean Energy Education Hub at Redcar & Cleveland College is another key plan, which will provide a training and skills facility tailored to the local economy’s needs. Working with local investors and employers, the Centre would mean the borough’s residents could benefit from new jobs in the fast-growing energy sector.
The board also aims to improve transport connections to Teesworks, which is the UK’s biggest industrial zone, to ensure residents can access job opportunities.
These plans would build on the major new leisure project, in the Coatham area, which was announced last year. The Government agreed to grant Redcar £750,000 for the project which includes a new hotel, adventure golf site and play area.
Planned investment at Redcar Central Station and a new Regent Cinema will be boosted by proposed improvements to Station Road and the Northern Quarter. The proposals include upgrading the street scene to give the best first impression of Redcar, as well as supporting aspirational new housing and business units.
Over the coming months, there will be further opportunities for the people and businesses of Redcar to get involved prior to delivering the projects – keep checking this website for updates.