Rail ale

Despite its naughty nickname, Nunthorpe is really rather innocent.

In the early 20th century steel magnate Sir Arthur Dorman made Nunthorpe his home – and the industrialist planned a suburb around the railway station for his workforce.

However he imposed certain ‘rules’ on this new community: shops were not permitted, public houses were not allowed – and homes were not permitted to have house numbers! (I’ve always fancied giving my house a name…).

Could it be that Nuthorpe’s complete void of pubs is rooted in this historical quirk?

This could soon be set to change, and it’s one of my three items for discussion in this week’s blog…

The Railway Cottages, Nunthorpe


Could Nunthorpe could soon have its first ever pub?

The idea has been mooted before, with talk that The Avenue shops could play host.

This application to Redcar and Cleveland Council is for a micro pub at the Railway Cottages adjacent to Nunthorpe Railway Station.

The application states that the Samuel Smith Old Brewery venue would be a “small and simple public house with a focus on cask beer and conversation for entertainment”, that it would draw from walk in trade and is located so that customers can take advantage of train and bus services.

It says there would be no live or recorded music or television, mobile phone use is discouraged and a planning condition restricting such features would be welcomed by the applicant.

When I was out on the doorstep in the run up to the election many of the residents I spoke to said that they would like to see more places to gather in Nunthorpe. Do you have any views on the proposal?

More houses for Nunthorpe?

Grey Towers Village, Nunthorpe

David Wilson Homes/Barratt has applied to Middlesbrough Borough Council to increase the number of houses on the next phase of its Grey Towers Village by 42, taking the previously agreed total up by 70% to 102 homes.

I stood on a manifesto to oppose house building in Nunthorpe without proper consideration for our communities’ needs – including a community facility, fit for purpose GP surgery and thought to the ever-increasing traffic on the Marton crawl.

I’ve had a lot of feedback on the issue, including information from those living on the site who are concerned about issues including the lack of exit and entrance points.

You can read what I have to say on the application here. And you can have your say here – with comments accepted until August 29.

Meet and greet

Tuesday saw another successful public meeting of Nunthorpe Community Council – this time at Nunthorpe and Marton Recreation Club.

There were a number of guest speakers including from Wade Tovey, of OurGreenways, Wendy Dewhirst, from Cleveland Fire Brigade, and Cleveland Police crime prevention officer Gerry McBride who gave some fantastic advice about protecting your home from burglaries.

One of his top tips was investing in one of these clever devices, this one priced at £11.99, which makes it appear that someone it at home watching the TV. Very nifty.

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 19 at 6.30pm at Nunthorpe Institute. Make sure to pop by!

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