Flutterly fabulous

The summer holidays are in full swing – and I’ve got the hardest of all audiences to impress.

But thankfully my six and eight-year-old have been wowed by some of the things we sometimes take for granted in Middlesbrough.

At the not-so-tender age of 37 I took my first ever walk across the top of the Tees Transporter Bridge. The kids loved it – and I was quite emotional taking in the spectacular views of our home town.

My first trip to the top of the Transporter – at 37!

Closer to home, we’ve also spent time at The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Stewart Park in Marton that’s hosting some fabulous sessions for children over the summer and I’ve also booked the kids in for slime-making at Marton Community Hub and Library.

Wouldn’t it be great to have such activities offered here in Nunthorpe? More on that in my round up of three Nunthorpe things I’ve been involved in this week…

  1. Have your say

With the sad news that Nunthorpe Institute has lost the use of the Dorman Suite at The Avenue Primary School, I feel there is a hole left in the fabric of our community. We need our own community facility here in Nunthorpe.

As we know, Nunthorpe is growing and to support that community spirit, I feel our groups, clubs and events need – and deserve – a home.

Supported by ward councillors, the parish council and the community council, a group of Nunthorpe residents are now consulting on this: and they need your opinions.

You can have your say by filling in the Nunthorpe Community Centre Steering Group survey here.

Potholes on Skiddaw Court

2. Walkabout

Along with Cllr Jon Rathmell I was this week invited on two walk the ward sessions in Nunthorpe – one with PCSO Kristin Youngman and a second one with Middlesbrough Council staff from area care and highways.

Both were productive and a number of issues were raised including the state of the road surface in Skiddaw Court, overgrown hedges surrounding St. Bernadette’s Primary School and the parking issues that are spilling over onto Muirfield from Chandlers Ridge. All of the concerns will be logged and looked into by officers. If you have any issues please don’t hesitate to contact me using the details below. 

3. Flutter-by

Cllr Carole Morgan is ward councillor for Nunthorpe across the railway tracks in Redcar and Cleveland.

A painted lady in our garden in Nunthorpe

This week she shared a lovely video of butterflies enjoying her back garden on her Facebook page – and inspired me to check out if we have any visitors.

Until the end of August you can take part in the Big Butterfly Count, a nationwide survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. There’s even an app to tempt the kids. 

We downloaded the app and picked out the different types of butterflies that were out back – including several painted lady butterflies that are being spotted in the UK in a once-in-a-decade phenomenon.

Get counting!

If you have any concerns, issues, ideas or suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me either via the Nunthorpe Matters Facebook page, via mieka_smiles@middlesbrough.gov.uk or on 07938119858. My next ward surgery will take place on Monday, August 5 at 6.30pm at Nunthorpe Institute. Make sure to pop by! 

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