All summer long

Just when we thought summer was well and truly over – it surprised us with a final reprieve.

And it was just in time for Nunthorpe and Marton Playing Field Association’s Summer Family Fun Day on Sunday.

It was absolutely roasting, with so much going on; a plethora of inflatables for the kids, a beer tent for the adults and ice cream for everyone.

I was chatting to Nunthorpe residents, many commenting that it was exactly the kind of event that they’d like to see more of. A big well done to everyone involved.

Without further ado, here are three things to think about in Nunthorpe this week – including big news for Middlesbrough commuters. Here we go!


Easy rider

Could a Marton Crawl puzzle piece have finally fallen into place?

This week Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Conservative MP Simon Clarke and Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston announced a significant step forward for the Nunthorpe Park and Ride.

An ambitious future for Middlesbrough means more people travelling to our commercial centre – and we need to be thinking about our current infrastructure and its ability to cope with a rise in demand. A park and ride scheme could be just the ticket.

I commuted to Newcastle for many years – and chose to take the train or Metro rather than face the monstrosity of navigating a car into the centre. The same goes for trips to York. Why not Middlesbrough?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Future proof

There has been a spate of anti social behaviour in Marton and Nunthorpe, with youngsters throwing eggs at properties. A cause for real frustration and anger for the residents affected. Without a doubt boredom could be a factor. 

The incidents coincide with residents contacting me who are keen to help provide something to do in the area for young people and teenagers, which is something I’d love to support. My children will be teens too in the blink of an eye.

Do you have any ideas or thoughts on the kind of provision we could offer in Nunthorpe?

Book worm

Last week I met the head of libraries and community hubs at Middlesbrough Borough Council, Martin Harvey.

Middlesbrough Central Library was built with a donation of £15,000 from the Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and was opened on May 8, 1912, by Alderman Amos Hinton.

It has a proud history and is now part of a network of just over 20 libraries across the UK to be backed by the British Library.

Martin talked passionately about the library provision provided across the town, our nearest being at Marton Community Hub and Library.

There is so much going on –  from LEGO clubs to coffee clubs to one-off events. And this week I took the kids to make slime… A big thumbs up from them both.

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, September 9 at 6.30pm at Nunthorpe Institute. Make sure to pop by!

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