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

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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.