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Views invited on major business development site in Darlington

Views invited on major business development site in Darlington

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the development of the Ingenium Parc masterplan, which could potentially see the creation over the long term of over 2,000 jobs for Darlington. Ingenium Parc is a key site earmarked previously for economic use within Darlington and is one of the top five Economic Growth priorities for the Borough. Covering an area of 40 hectares off Salters Lane (near Yarm Road), the site is close to a number of established advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses.

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the development of the Ingenium Parc masterplan, which could potentially see the creation over the long term of over 2,000 jobs for Darlington.

Ingenium Parc is a key site earmarked previously for economic use within Darlington and is one of the top five Economic Growth priorities for the Borough.

Covering an area of 40 hectares off Salters Lane (near Yarm Road), the site is close to a number of established advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses.

With transport links to the A66, the site is ideally placed to support the long term growth of manufacturing, engineering and logistics/distribution sectors.

The masterplan will guide the future development of the site to be an attractive environment and a great place to do business.

As part of this process the Council has commissioned a number of different pieces of work to help us understand the site, ranging from ground conditions and habitat to transport links, to ensure we have the complete picture. The outcomes from this, along with the views received from residents and businesses, will help inform the final masterplan.

This ambitious long term development will be delivered in phases and could start as soon as January 2018, depending on the planning process and agreement from senior councillors. The first phase has the potential to unlock eleven hectares and the opportunity to accommodate up to 1,100 jobs by 2021.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, said:

“With our excellent transport links and other benefits, Darlington has huge potential for economic growth. Ingenium Parc is an exciting opportunity and will help us to unlock more of this potential and put the borough on the map as place where businesses want to develop, invest and succeed.”

The Council is seeking views on the proposed masterplan, which can be viewed online at http://www.darlington.gov.uk/ingeniumparc

Potential work as part of phase 1 could include Yarm Road roundabout improvements, Salters Lane South upgrade and installation of infrastructure and services.  Subject to approval from both Cabinet and the planning department, this work could start early next year with completion by the end of 2019.

First development plots could be available from 2019/20. Any businesses/investors interested in the site are asked to contact the Council’s Business Investment Team.

Comments or queries can be emailed to economic.projects@darlington.gov.uk or posted to Economic Projects Team, Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT.  Two consultation events, one for residents and one for businesses, will be held in September, dates are on the Ingenium Parc website.

Comments to be included in the masterplan need to be received by 26 September 2017.

Finalised plans will be put to Cabinet for consideration in October. 

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the development of the Ingenium Parc masterplan, which could potentially see the creation over the long term of over 2,000 jobs for Darlington.

Ingenium Parc is a key site earmarked previously for economic use within Darlington and is one of the top five Economic Growth priorities for the Borough.

Covering an area of 40 hectares off Salters Lane (near Yarm Road), the site is close to a number of established advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses.

With transport links to the A66, the site is ideally placed to support the long term growth of manufacturing, engineering and logistics/distribution sectors.

The masterplan will guide the future development of the site to be an attractive environment and a great place to do business.

As part of this process the Council has commissioned a number of different pieces of work to help us understand the site, ranging from ground conditions and habitat to transport links, to ensure we have the complete picture. The outcomes from this, along with the views received from residents and businesses, will help inform the final masterplan.

This ambitious long term development will be delivered in phases and could start as soon as January 2018, depending on the planning process and agreement from senior councillors. The first phase has the potential to unlock eleven hectares and the opportunity to accommodate up to 1,100 jobs by 2021.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, said:

“With our excellent transport links and other benefits, Darlington has huge potential for economic growth. Ingenium Parc is an exciting opportunity and will help us to unlock more of this potential and put the borough on the map as place where businesses want to develop, invest and succeed.”

The Council is seeking views on the proposed masterplan, which can be viewed online at http://www.darlington.gov.uk/ingeniumparc

Potential work as part of phase 1 could include Yarm Road roundabout improvements, Salters Lane South upgrade and installation of infrastructure and services.  Subject to approval from both Cabinet and the planning department, this work could start early next year with completion by the end of 2019.

First development plots could be available from 2019/20. Any businesses/investors interested in the site are asked to contact the Council’s Business Investment Team.

Comments or queries can be emailed to economic.projects@darlington.gov.uk or posted to Economic Projects Team, Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT.  Two consultation events, one for residents and one for businesses, will be held in September, dates are on the Ingenium Parc website.

Comments to be included in the masterplan need to be received by 26 September 2017.

Finalised plans will be put to Cabinet for consideration in October. 

Have your say on Tees Valley road network improvements

Have your say on Tees Valley road network improvements

Monday, July 10, 2017

A series of public engagement sessions is being held to highlight the extensive improvements planned to the Tees Valley road network.

A series of public engagement sessions is being held to highlight the extensive improvements planned to the Tees Valley road network.

The events will set out proposals for enhanced road transport connections, including a new Tees Crossing to take pressure off the A19 Tees Viaduct and upgraded east-west connectivity with improvements to the A66 between the A1(M) and Teesport, which includes a new Darlington bypass.

This marks the end of an intensive process of analysis and option development, funded by the Department for Transport and supported by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the five local councils and Highways England.  The events will set out the proposals for investment, as a critical part of the Northern Powerhouse, and for a modern and accessible road network.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said:  “When I was first elected Mayor, my first instruction to the team was that everything we do on transport has to put the passenger or motorist first. My view is simple: if it doesn’t help the traveller, or the business shifting goods, then we shouldn’t be doing it. 

“I urge members of the public to come view our ambitious plans for a safer, more reliable road network. If we get this right, and with your help, the opportunities for our area are unlimited.”

Chair of Tees Valley Combined Authority Transport Committee Bill Dixon said:  “For far too long residents of Tees Valley have suffered from frustrating delays where our major roads are not equipped to deal with the volume of traffic.

“These impressive plans will make Tees Valley an even better place to live, work and do business.”

The details of the events are as follows:-

• The Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL – Wednesday 12th July 2017 2-6pm

• The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, DL1 5RP – Thursday 13th July 2017 1-6pm

• Central Square, Hillstreet Centre (next to Superdrug), Middlesbrough TS1 1SU – Friday 14th July 12-4pm

•  Redcar and Cleveland Community Heart, Ridley Street, Redcar TS10 1TD – Saturday 15th July 10am-4pm

For more details about the plans click here.

Drivers urged to give cyclists space in new road safety campaign

Drivers urged to give cyclists space in new road safety campaign

Monday, July 03, 2017

Motorists are being urged to give cyclists more room when overtaking with the launch of a new road safety campaign designed to eradicate ‘close pass’ drivers.

Motorists are being urged to give cyclists more room when overtaking with the launch of a new road safety campaign designed to eradicate ‘close pass’ drivers.
Road Safety GB North East (RSGB NE) is being joined by police, fire officers, and the Police and Crime Commissioners from both Cleveland and Durham, in the regional initiative to help safeguard cyclists and educate road-users about safer overtaking.
Pedal cyclists only account for about 1% of the total miles driven and ridden around the region – yet they make up 8% of road traffic casualties and 13% of serious injuries.
Road Safety GB North East is launching the campaign at a time when collisions and injuries involving cyclists typically increases.
Cyclist casualties in the region peak in July, August and September, with around a third of all collisions involving bikes happening over the summer months.
Between 2012 and 2016 there were 3,044 cyclists reported as injured on North East roads. However, actual numbers could be much higher as incidents resulting in slight injuries, or where no other vehicle was involved, are unlikely to be reported to police.
Paul Watson, Chairman of RSGB NE, said: “During the summer, we see cyclist casualties increase, but the majority of collisions are preventable.
“If everyone was a little more cautious and alert, slowed down and gave each other space, a lot of accidents could be avoided.
“I don’t believe drivers knowingly put cyclists at risk, but perhaps they’re not looking for them, or maybe they are unaware of the dangers of close pass overtaking.
“People overtaking too close to cyclists is a cause of a number of collisions, however, there may be numerous near misses that we know nothing about. We are asking all road-users to look out for each other and to help safeguard cyclists.”
Cleveland and Durham Road Policing Unit have received a Close Pass safety mat from national cycling group Cycling UK, which they will use to demonstrate to drivers the minimum space they should allow when overtaking bikes.
Motorists should leave at least 1.5m of space between their vehicle and the cyclist when overtaking at speeds less than 30mph, and this should be greater in poor weather conditions or when the car is travelling at speed.
In the coming weeks, officers will take the mat to events across the North East to demonstrate safe passing distance in the hope that ‘close pass’ incidents decrease.
Failing to look properly, by either the driver or the cyclist, is the most common cause of cycle-related collisions – accounting for three quarters – and men aged between 35 and 44 are the most at-risk group.

Advice for drivers:

·          Take a second longer at junctions and roundabouts to look for cyclists

·          Look over your shoulder to check your blind spot before pulling out

·          Give cyclists at least 1.5m when overtaking, more in poor weather or when travelling at speed

·          Look over your shoulder before opening the car door, or try doing it with your left hand

·          Be patient when travelling behind cyclists if it’s unsafe to overtake

·          Be prepared for cyclists to move across the lane to avoid a hazard or take a corner

Advice for cyclists:

·          Be seen. Use reflectors and ensure your lights are working in the dark/poor weather

·          When preparing to turn left at a junction, don’t travel along the left side of a lorry

·          Position yourself in the centre of the lane at junctions and roundabouts

·          Ride on the left edge of the traffic flow – at least 0.75m away from the kerb

·          Look for drivers to react to you. If you don’t see a reaction, they may not have seen you

·          Avoid riding or waiting in blind spots

·          Overtake vehicles on the right-hand side when oncoming traffic allows

Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am very supportive of this important campaign. There are too many accidents on our roads involving cyclists. The advice being offered to drivers and cyclists can really help to reduce casualties.”

£50,000 investment for Beanies

£50,000 investment for Beanies

Thursday, February 02, 2017

As reported in the Darlington & Stockton Times Beanies secures £50,000 for investment

A FLAVOURED coffee manufacturer has invested in additional machinery and extended its premises to keep up with demand.

Beanies The Flavour Company secured almost £50,000 from the Tees Valley Capital Grant Scheme to grow its business at Faverdale in Darlington.

The company, which was formed in 2012, produces more than 30 flavours of coffee for sale at leading UK and international supermarkets, local retailers and online.

Mark Porteous, Beanies finance director, said: "Having developed a successful brand over the past four years we were looking for some support to continue our growth. The Tees Valley Capital Grant Scheme has allowed us to make the investment needed to take Beanies to the next level.

Darlington based DeepOcean will transport and install cables for Dong Energy's Hornsea Project One development

Darlington based DeepOcean will transport and install cables for Dong Energy's Hornsea Project One development

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Darlington based DeepOcean has secured a contract to support what is claimed to be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

Bosses say the agreement, described as a multi-million pound contract, will support around 150 North-East jobs.

DeepOcean, which also operates a marine site in South Bank, near Middlesbrough, has previously acted for Dong on its Race Bank and Walney Extension projects.

He said: “We are delighted to be further developing our relationship with Dong Energy.

“We have invested heavily in class-leading installation and trenching technology with a strong focus on both safety and productivity.

“This award will safeguard 150 jobs in Darlington and the surrounding area as well as enabling us to offer significant opportunities to the UK supply chain.”

Last week, The Northern Echo reported how Triton would become DeepOcean’s largest shareholder, with bosses saying the new owner will support the company’s growth in the coming years.

Dong says Hornsea Project One, based 75 miles off the Yorkshire coast, will be capable of supplying electricity to more than one million homes. 

Applicants sought for new Tees Valley Digital Strategy Board

Applicants sought for new Tees Valley Digital Strategy Board

Thursday, November 03, 2016

People with a passion for digital are being sought to help drive forward the tech industries in the Tees Valley.

Led by DigitalCity, a new Digital Strategy Board is being created to strengthen the digital cluster further within the region and help develop digital skills.

The Digital Strategy Board will consist of up to 20 people and will work alongside the Tees Valley Combined Authority to develop policies and initiatives to push the digital agenda within the region.

There will be an equal number of men and women on the board.

There will also be at least two members from each of the five authority areas which make up the Tees Valley.

The Tees Valley already has an outstanding reputation for its tech industries.

Middlesbrough and Stockton are ranked at number 16 in a list of the UK’s digital hotspots by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the only hotspot north of Birmingham.

DigitalCity, which is based at Teesside University, is acknowledged as a major catalyst for economic regeneration in the Tees Valley.

It has already helped create hundreds of new companies, as well as working with existing business to improve their digital skills.

Rob Earnshaw, Director of DigitalCity, said: “These are very exciting times, there are some fantastic companies in the Tees Valley doing really interesting work.

“The digital cluster is already very effective at innovating and creating jobs.

“This Digital Strategy Board will look at ways to help them do this even better.

“We’re hoping to recruit the most passionate people to work alongside and influence the combined authority.

“You don’t necessarily have to be a director of a digital business, but just have a real desire to see digital success within the Tees Valley.

“Board members will help create a talent pool for tech companies and look at ways to strengthen the appeal of the area to digital businesses.”

Mayor David Budd, Chair of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, added: “A successful digital strategy is a key part of our economic plan for the region and we are very excited about working closer with the digital sector to develop the future of the digital landscape.”

Applicants to the voluntary role would be asked to commit to attending monthly meetings of the board.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV to daniel.watson@tees.ac.uk by 30 November.

North East high risers swing into action with new division launch

North East high risers swing into action with new division launch

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Darlington based Stone Technical Services (STS) has launched another new division as the business continues with its growth plans which are now ahead of schedule for 2016.

STS RopeSpec Limited offers specialist rope access services to inspect, repair and maintain guy wires to flare stacks, vessels, bridges and other structures.

STS has teamed up with world renowned rope access expert Ron Lewins, who has worked in the sector for over 40 years on thousands of projects for the likes of the Ministry of Defence, BP, Esso, INEOS Nitriles and many other industrial organisations.

Ron is globally recognised for his skills and has worked with brothers Dave and Grahame Stone, from STS, since the 80s. Ron is now joining STS as a principle consultant for their RopeSpec division and will also train a number of the technical engineers in the specialist field of rope tensioning, inspection, verticality and loading requirements for industrial wire rope fields.

STS is now made up of five divisions – STS RopeSpec, STS Lightning Protection, STS Restoration, STS Maintenance and Facilities Management and STS Conservation. The business employs a team of 40 and has secured over £1.5 million of new work in the first six months of 2016, taking the company ahead of their projected growth plans and helping to create around 10 new jobs.

MD of STS, Dave Stone, said: “Preserving traditional skills and passing these onto the next generation of operatives is vital but not many companies are doing it. It’s something we are continually committed to. Rope access is one of our growing service areas as demand is increasing because it is cost effective and less disruptive for an organisation requiring repairs. Hence we have brought Ron Lewins on board as he is a true leader in his field. He’ll be running our new division and training a number of steeplejacks so we can continually grow our business.”

 Ron said: “I’ve known Dave and Grahame for around 30 years and they have a very similar work ethic to me- preserving heritage skills and using these to offer an exemplary service. I didn’t want my personal skills and many years of development to retire when I retire so this is the ideal solution and I am very much looking forward to what the rest of this year has to bring as STS works on some magnificent buildings.”

Darlington brothers, Dave and Grahame Stone, established Stone Technical Services in 1998 and now have offices in Edinburgh city centre, near Stockport in Cheshire and in central London as well as their HQ on Kellaw Road in Darlington

STS are experts in the field of historic restoration and maintenance projects and work with various churches, councils and schools around the UK as well as the likes of English Heritage and the National Trust and on buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Hall and the Royal Courts of Justice.

 

 

Darlington North Retail Park reaches full capacity

Darlington North Retail Park reaches full capacity

Friday, July 29, 2016

The four-acre Darlington North Retail Park has reached full occupation after food-on-the-go retailer Greg’s acquired the site’s last remaining unit.

Developed by West Yorkshire property and investment company Opus North, construction began in March 2015 with Stainforth Construction of Shipley as the main contractor.

Other occupiers on the park, which has created 150 jobs, include retail giants Aldi, Poundland and Iceland, together with a KFC Drive Thru’ restaurant, Subway, Card Factory, Jolleys Pet Store and Barnados.

The park has been built on land on Albert Road, next to its junction with North Road and Whessoe Road. Just prior to work starting on site, Darlington North was sold to the British Steel Pension Fund for £10 million.

Andrew Duncan, managing director of Opus North, commented: “It is tremendous news that Darlington North is now fully occupied. The park is revitalising an important area of the town and is providing a very attractive retail offering.

“Meanwhile the sale of Darlington North is a massive endorsement of Darlington as a retail location. We worked hard, from assembling the land which was under different ownerships, to securing a raft of very popular and successful retail occupiers, so this sale was a satisfying conclusion.“

“We have also co-operated closely and successfully with planners at Darlington Borough Council. This is a very exciting development for the town of Darlington, creating jobs and boosting the economy.“

Coun Bill Dixon, leader of Darlington Borough Council, added: “The new development is a good addition to the retail offer in the north of Darlington. It is great news that the North Retail Park is fully let, a clear signal that private businesses want to invest in Darlington.“

“This is the culmination of a great public-private sector partnership with Opus North, which has brought 150 new jobs and further choice of shops to the public.

“It’s fantastic to see another developer putting their faith in Darlington, proving it’s a town worth investing in. I’m confident that this will be another popular destination for shoppers from both inside and outside of the borough.“

PD Port announces freight management partnership to support Teesport growth

PD Port announces freight management partnership to support Teesport growth

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PD Ports is spearheading an initiative to maximise transport routes serving Teesport by promoting greater use of rail and short-sea shipping and reducing the environmental impact of road haulage.

The Freight Management Partnership has been launched in collaboration with multi-national shipping companies, Network Rail, Highways Agency and the Road Haulage Association as well as stakeholders including Tees Valley Combined Authority.

The group has been set up as part of PD Ports’ wider group strategy for Teesport as the Northern Gateway for shippers serving Northern markets as well as its potential to be a major catalyst in rebalancing the economy in the North of the UK, especially Teesside.

The inaugural meeting, which was held at PD Ports’ headquarters in Middlesbrough last week, set out its objectives to identify transport priorities to and from Teesport - the UK’s fifth largest port by volume.

Reducing road-based freight transport would not only lower costs and congestion but also significantly cut CO2 emissions and speed up supply chain logistics.

The award-winning port and logistics company is working closely with the road haulage industry to ensure it develops a strong communication platform, minimise any delays on the roads around Teesport and encourage wider development of the sector, particularly relating to skills and training in the area.

Currently supporting more than 3,000 jobs across the North-East, it is vital to develop Teesport’s transport infrastructure to maximise its ability to serve customers and stimulate further growth. Ultimately, this will provide greater opportunity for Teesport to attract further inward investment to the Teesside region, boosting its economy and that of the wider North.

Tesco and Asda have already located vast distribution centres at Teesport to make the most of its portcentric logistics and improve efficiencies.

David Robinson, PD Ports’ CEO, said: “The aim of the Freight Management Partnership is to work collaboratively with key partners in the industry to improve Teesport’s connectivity.

 “Teesport has the potential to be a major catalyst in rebalancing the economy in the North of the UK, and in particular Teesside, as part of the Northern Powerhouse strategy.

“We are striving to promote rail links and reduce the impact of haulage freight on the UK road network to increase efficiencies – by streamlining customers’ logistics we cut their costs too,” he added.

Continued success for Darlington's Northern Echo Arena

Continued success for Darlington's Northern Echo Arena

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A North East Arena is celebrating another year of success, which it puts down to the expansion of its events offering.

The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington has seen over 15,000 guests pass through its doors for events alone, since Mowden Park RFC moved to the ground in 2013.

 Under the management of Mowden Park, the Arena has had a face-lift making the site a go-to for business events in the region.

Recent success includes the New Zealand All Blacks Open Day, which saw over 4,000 people visit the arena, the Darlington Expo, which attracted over 500 attendees, as well as BNI meetings, which attract over 70 guests every week.

To bolster its events offering, Mowden Park has produced an Arena Brochure, which details the services available for both corporate and personal use. 

Lee Rust, managing director of Darlington Mowden Park RFC, claims that the key to this success has been the dedication of the on-site team.

 Lee said: “Our on-site team are all experts in events management. They are also incredibly passionate about giving customers the best experience possible, and are always on hand to ensure that visitors have a stress-free and successful event.”

The next major event to be held at the Northern Echo Arena will be the Summer Ball, taking place on Saturday 2nd July. Tickets are now available and can be purchased by contacting the club.

 For more information, and to view the Arena Brochure visit: www.mowdenpark.com