Thumbs up for Redcar's £31m revamp plan

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Artist's impression of Redcar's Town Hall Square
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An artist's impression of the redevelopment of Redcar's Town Hall Square

The proposed multi-million pound redevelopment of a Teesside town has been given the thumbs up by residents and traders.

Redcar and Cleveland Council has been holding a public consultation over plans to create new leisure, business support and community facilities.

The £31m scheme would create or safeguard 260 jobs.

Following what it described as positive feedback, the council has now submitted an outline planning application.

A decision is expected in May, and it is hoped work could then start later in 2011.

The council said the consultation showed strong support for a pool, gym, indoor sports and a café.

There was also "valuable feedback" on the provision of car parking in the area and the impact on traffic.

Councillor Sheelagh Clarke, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: "The level of interest in the scheme so far has been really encouraging and it will be great to watch the scheme as it develops into a really exciting facility for Redcar."

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