Redcar MP Jacob Young has received assurances from Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen that the iconic fishermen’s huts at South Gare will remain untouched as part of his plans to redevelop the former SSI steelworks and surrounding land.
The dozens of huts are among Redcar’s most iconic and loved symbols and Jacob has spoken to Mayor Houchen to seek confirmation that the huts would remain, given their importance to the local community.
In response, Mayor Houchen has promised Jacob and owners of the huts that although they form part of the South Tees Development Corporation site, they will not be demolished and his focus remains on redeveloping other parts of the site to create good quality local jobs for local people.
Mayor Houchen has also vowed to work with Jacob and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to improve the fishermen’s huts and safeguard their long-term future.
Jacob Young, Redcar MP said: “I am delighted that Ben has confirmed to me that he has no plans to touch any of the fishermen’s huts. This will be of huge relief to the owners and the people of Redcar who find them such an iconic part of our landscape.
“Some of my constituents in Redcar and Cleveland have come to me with concerns that these huts would be lost with all the exciting plans there is to develop the site, but it should come as no surprise to anyone that Ben is putting the interests of local people first and has vowed to protect them.
“The sheer scale and ambition of the work on the South Tees Development Corporation is a testament to Ben and his vision for the Tees Valley. It will be fantastic to see thousands of workers on the site again, which is a step closer following the latest plans for a world class manufacturing zone.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I am pleased Jacob approached me with these concerns. Let me make it categorically clear, these iconic fishermen’s huts won’t be touched as part of my plans for the site.
“People shouldn’t be alarmed. The huts at South Gare are such an important part of the community in Redcar and I wouldn’t want to take that away from them. Not only can I promise they will be kept, but I will also be working with Jacob and the council to improve and update them.
“My focus is purely on redeveloping the former steelworks site and other developable areas across the near 4,500 acres of land. In doing this, we can protect the areas people want to be protected, and create the good quality, high skilled local jobs for local people as part of my plan for jobs for Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.
“We are making great progress on the site. With the plans I have announced for state-of-the-art manufacturing space, creating 9,000 permanent jobs as well as 1,000 construction jobs, the overall masterplan is taking shape which we owe to the former steelworkers and their families.”