Wrecking of Dixons Bank and Stainton Way - for what?
As you drive north into Middlesbrough on the A172, you leave beautiful open countryside and enter the semi-urban road, Dixons Bank. This gently descending road presents a tree-line vista which provides a gentle transition into the urban district of Marton and onwards to Middlesbrough centre. The view down Dixons Bank is a pleasant and leafy one, spoiled only at the final approach to the Stainton Way junction, by the traffic light abomination that replaced the flower planted roundabout. Middlesbrough Council’s A172 Dixons Bank / Stainton Way Highway Improvement Scheme will destroy this leafy vista through the construction of an additional northbound approach to the junction. The stated aim of this proposal is to ‘encourage’ commuters to filter left at the junction instead of heading straight on through Marton and in doing so, help alleviate the so called ‘Marton Crawl’. A similar two-lane approach to the junction heading East on Stainton Way to improve access to the junction also forms part of the proposal. However, this proposal is a sticking plaster approach to infrastructure planning and the benefits of this £1.7m+ project remain totally unsubstantiated by the council. On Monday 10th July 2018 Middlesbrough Council Executive were presented with a report produced by Cllr Lewis Young, executive member for economic development and infrastructure that recommended approval of the proposal. The report was in many places; factually incorrect, biased and disingenuous (see comments) and every idea and recommendation arising from the (so called) consultation was brushed aside. On the basis of this report, and in-spite of objections raised at the meeting by concerned residents, the Executive passed the proposal unanimously. Two days later, the same Lewis Young unveils a plan for a further 250 (now 350) houses in Nunthorpe (Nunthorpe Grange Farm), justifying further extensive house building in the south of Middlesbrough on the flawed road proposals for the area. Middlesbrough Council Executive continue to demonstrate that they don’t have a moments thought or care for the damage they are inflicting on the environment and the lives of local residents and commuters as they chase ever more payments from builders and further council tax revenues from the future owners of the new build properties.On 10th January 2019, Nunthorpe Parish Council were advised by Middlesbrough Council that the contract to carry out the work on Dixons Bank & Stainton Way had been awarded to Cleveland Land Services and that the work would commence in February 2019. We can now look forward to commuter misery for many months while they construct this waste of money. Throughout this whole process, the council have not adopted one suggestion from the consultation exercise. In fact, with respect to building developments and infrastructure planning, they have done just as they please, including allowing revisions upward of the number of houses proposed.
Middlesbrough Council should work constructively with local residents
Aims of this website As a local resident of South Middlesbrough, this website is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the Council’s plans to address the infrastructure issues in the area. Neither Middlesbrough or Redcar & Cleveland Councils have done enough to balance the huge house building programmes in the south Middlesbrough area with a fit for purpose road infrastructure. Furthermore, by granting planning permission for house building at Swans Corner roundabout, the access point for the East Middlesbrough By-pass the councils have closed off the ideal route for a long-term solution.
PRESS RELEASE Work started 4th February 2019Already, stated six-months is now 8-months and weekday working has seen weekend working
PRESS RELEASE - 13/07/2018Middlesbrough Council announce the Nunthorpe Grange Farm development; a further 250 houses to be built in Nunthorpe. This follows on from the recent agreement (reneging on the reduction in numbers fought for by local residents) to allow David Wilson Homes to built an extra 113 houses on the Grey Towers estate - ever more traffic!