Grasp the opportunity for Coatham Enclosure

Published: 15th Nov 2004

Please note this is an archived Press Release

THE North East Chamber of Commerce Tees Valley’s area manager Rob McMullen believes Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council should ‘grasp the opportunity’ of developing the Coatham Enclosure.

He said: “The redevelopment of the Coatham site is essential to the continuing prosperity and regeneration of Redcar and its surrounding area.

“The Chamber is concerned that the borough grasps every opportunity to take on board investment which will improve the viability of coastal towns, improve the area as a tourism destination, provide new homes, a good mix of business and leisure facilities and improves the environment for the future.

“The plans that we have seen over the years appear to be exciting, innovative and make good business sense.”

The chairman of Get Redcar A Swimming Pool (GRASP) Glenn Preedy, who is also the chairman of the Redcar Town Centre Management Executive, said: “I favour the development, it’s going to get a swimming pool back in Redcar and I’d also like to see a casino here.”

He accepts that GRASP’s aims were proving difficult without the additional revenue provided by the scheme’s development partners, Persimmon Homes.

“It does seem a good idea to have an integrated leisure complex. The opposition view is to have the leisure and the swimming pool, that would be wonderful, but I fail to see how we could achieve it – this is a constructive solution.”

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development Councillor Vera Moody said: “We welcome the support from both the Chamber and GRASP.

“Both these organisations appreciate and accept that the only way we can produce these high-quality leisure facilities is through a development partner and we’re delighted Persimmon Homes is doing its best to achieve that aim.”

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