Persimmon planning Coatham investigations

Published: 11th Sep 2007

Please note this is an archived Press Release

REDCAR & Cleveland Borough Council today welcomed the start of further site investigation work by developers Persimmon to prepare for the start of the Coatham Enclosure's multi-million pound transformation into top-class leisure and housing.

The site investigations, which are being carried out under licence from the Council, are necessary works in advance of future construction and demolition for the proposed development of the long-awaited scheme to regenerate Redcar.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development Councillor Mark Hannon said: "Redcar has been put in the spotlight with the regional premiere of Atonement. Now we've got the chance to really put the town on the map with a development that will, from our point of view, be just as exciting."

The investigations will involve excavating trial pits and boreholes at a number of locations across the site and installation of equipment that will establish and, if necessary, monitor the presence of any underground gases.

Councillor Hannon stressed: What we want to assure everyone is that the whole operation will be carried out in accordance with the Council's health and safety requirements that makes absolutely certain the public is not at risk.

"We are also just as concerned about the effect any of this work might have on the area's wildlife and I can again give an assurance that everything possible that can be done is being done to safeguard habitats, particularly our friends, the common lizards.

"To achieve that, I'm afraid there will be have to be a measure of inconvenience and the works will unfortunately result in some disturbance over the amount of car parking spaces at Majuba Road, the Leisure Centre and Children's Nursery. But we are doing everything we possibly can to keep any disruption to a minimum.

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