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rob_fmttm Posted on 07/09/2020 16:01
Save Our Steel Heritage
Launched over the weekend a campaign to save Teesside's steel heritage. Our unique skyline along the Tees. The silent towers that once built the railways, the bridges and the infrastructure over much of the world. Don't let it slip away like the Royal Exchange, the demolition of which has been long mourned, now is to do something about saving our heritage and preserving it for the future.

Link: facebook
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myfooty Posted on 07/09/2020 16:55
Edited On: 07/09/2020 17:41
Save Our Steel Heritage
This is a complete joke. It all about making local people believe they winning by saving something that doesn't really need saving.
What the real aim is save money on the decommissioning and redevelopment of South Tees Development Corporation sites. Most this stuff 1980's onwards so heritage tag is pushing it a bit when real history is long gone to make way for the current works.

It is political motivated movement that is backed by local Tory groups including TVCA Mayor and Local Tory MP's. It hasn't just launched over the weekend this campaign has been going for sometime. Because it has gained very little support they now trying make it look like a independent campaign. They done a similar thing with the Save Teesside Airport movement and used it has political tool for winning votes and attacking political rivals.

It is shame they never showed this much interest in saving the steel works business as a going concern and the jobs.
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rob_fmttm Posted on 07/09/2020 17:59

Save Our Steel Heritage
myfooty - you have got this completely and 100% wrong. This plan is not backed by the TVCA mayor or as far as I know any of the local Tory MPs.

In fact it has been sparked as a result of Mayor Ben Houchen calling for the site to be demolished and cleared.

The campaign started at the weekend as they are desperate for the landmark to be saved.

"We launched yesterday afternoon and already have many people joining us. After the announcement of the demolition by the Tees Valley mayor of our iconic blast furnace and other former steel heritage buildings, we’ve launched this campaign. We believe this site is one of the most iconic and important industrial structures in the world and it needs to be saved!"

There was a masterplan drawn up over a number of years by lots of members of the local community, former workers along the Tees and people successful in gaining major lottery money support in £millions of pounds in preserving iron and steel heritage.

They said that..
"The original masterplans for the old SSI site included exploring saving part of the historic and iconic structures on the site as cultural landmarks. This has now been scrapped. We want to know why.
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rob_fmttm Posted on 07/09/2020 18:04

Save Our Steel Heritage
By the way many of the people I know have been working on this project for years and were very much part of the marches and processions to save the steel works at Redcar.

I think you have been badly misinformed about the motives here.
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myfooty Posted on 07/09/2020 18:58

Save Our Steel Heritage
Ben Houchen - Tees Valley Mayor

4th September at 12:00

New Tees Heritage Taskforce

Today I have formed a Tees Heritage Taskforce to capture and celebrate the history of the former Redcar steelworks.

As part of the on-going consultation into the future of the site, this independent heritage panel made up of local politicians and industrial heritage experts will review the suggestions made by local people and decide on ways to commemorate the site.

The task force will be chaired by Redcar MP Jacob Young and will also include Tees steel industry veteran John Baker, North Area Chair of Arts Council England Kate Wilard, Teesside steel historian Tosh Warwick and a representative of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

We have been inundated with ideas, memories and stories in way that really shows this is a site that people care about - which is backed up by the overwhelming demand we have had for Teesworks tours tickets.

Redcar Steelworks is such a huge part of our history and therefore it is only right that the people of Redcar should decide the best way to celebrate it.

To submit your ideas, follow the link below

Link: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=276678
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myfooty Posted on 07/09/2020 19:20

Save Our Steel Heritage
Move to save 'iconic landmark' Dorman Long tower from demolition gains momentum

Moves to save the distinctive Dorman Long tower from demolition are gathering momentum.

A £150m programme of demolition work for the old Redcar and South Bank steelworks site - now called Teesworks - has been unveiled, with the famous Redcar blast furnace and coke ovens among the structures set to go.

But support is growing to save one of its most recognisable structures - the old Dorman Long tower - with Teesside historian Tosh Warwick and Redcar MP Jacob Young both nailing their colours to the “save it” mast.

And Mr Young, who’s on the board of site owners South Tees Development Corporation, says he’ll press its case with colleagues.

Built between 1953-56, the tower was first used to store coal for the coke process.

It’s been disused for decades - but its almost brutalist appearance on the skyline is a striking reminder of the thousands of Teesside men and women who grafted there day and night.

Tosh Warwick told Teesside Live the idea of saving it was mooted back in 2017 by the Tees Steel: Bridging The World project.

See Gazette link for more.

Link: https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/m
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rob_fmttm Posted on 07/09/2020 19:32
Edited On: 07/09/2020 19:39
Save Our Steel Heritage
"A £150m programme of demolition work for the old Redcar and South Bank steelworks site - now called Teesworks - has been unveiled, with the famous Redcar blast furnace and coke ovens among the structures set to go."

That is the paragraph that counts. Unfortunately.

This is not in anyway a campaign driven by Ben Houchen it is to try and make him think again from clearing the entire site. Whatever it may say in the Gazette that is aim and objective at this present moment in time but if the public will is there then maybe just maybe they can claim it as their idea.
Who cares really as long as the heritage is saved.
Front page Evening Gazette Politics and rivalries decided the fate of the North Riding Infirmary. These buildings are a long time gone now well after the faces of the individuals are long forgotten.
This drive is not part of the taskforce.
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Cleveleyssmoggie Posted on 07/09/2020 19:57

Save Our Steel Heritage

Commission a video and photographs for an exhibition at the Dorman Museum. One off cost, as opposed to never ending maintenance costs.
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myfooty Posted on 07/09/2020 21:09
Edited On: 08/09/2020 10:22
Save Our Steel Heritage

Commission a video and photographs for an exhibition at the Dorman Museum. One off cost, as opposed to never ending maintenance costs"

I agree with this, I also think items that will be suitable for exhibit should be saved. But people need realise if these site are not decommissioned and redeveloped now by the South Tees Development Corporation any future costs will be dumbed onto the LA's and TVCA.

People forget most of these heritage venues have huge running and maintenance cost.
This is one of the main reason why the LAs turned down opportunities be home to things like the National Railway Museum.

Rob I did highlight the fact that they are wanting people to think they winning a battle. Reality is there would love get away leaving a half done job and saving money whilst leaving the problem areas for the future generations to face.

I'm not saying all of your historian mates have been politically motivated from the start of this campaigns but it is clear that these campaign groups/movements are now being used as part of the political games even if it is by default and some of your historian mates don't know realise this yet.

People only need look at the Globe to see costs of heritage venues LAs/tax payers.

I think leaving Dorman Long Tower or other sites as they will do nothing positive for the area. It hasn't over recent years.

I think others have highlighted that it should be quality over quantity if we want heritage / museum to survive.
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boscosbaldynapper Posted on 08/09/2020 13:36

Save Our Steel Heritage
Get rid of the XXXXXX eyesore
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tonymow Posted on 08/09/2020 20:00
Edited On: 08/09/2020 20:09
Save Our Steel Heritage
It's an eye sore , get it flattened ASAP.
And I worked there !
AND , if they kept it , there would be a 20 ft barbed wire fence around it ,
a) to stop the scrap men
b) because it is a dangerous , horrible , dirty death trap , which is now probbably full of big rats .
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EpiphanyProudfoot Posted on 08/09/2020 20:25

Save Our Steel Heritage
The Chinese produce tonnes by the the thousand. They export and pay all the duties and were STILL cheaper.

Sorry but that is just how it is.
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EpiphanyProudfoot Posted on 08/09/2020 20:27

Save Our Steel Heritage
Same as the coal industry in the 1980s.
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