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21.3.14:
ESTON NAB BOUGHT FOR
£15,000 !

YOU CAN ALSO DONATE BY CHEQUE, PAYABLE TO:
'Friends Of Eston Hills'
c/o
2 Hemble Hill Farm Cottages, Guisborough TS14 8JT
LATEST NEWS: MAY 2016
28/4/16:
HILLS UNDER THREAT
PLANS FOR 400 HOUSES AT FLATTS LANE
Plans are to be submitted by Theakston Land Ltd to build 400 houses on land SOUTH of the Parkway aka bordering Flatts Lane Country Park to the South and a new development of 320 houses just approved to the West. We are 100% opposed to the building of all housing South of the parkway as it will inevitably mean wildlife habitat loss and encroachment on the hills, in this case in particular Flatts Lane Country Park. The Ormesby development was rejected twice by the Council but overruled by a Govt planning inspector. This ruling was followed within days with this proposal. We fear that it won't stop at Flatts Lane and a domino effect could result right along the bottom of our hills. There is some good news - the Eston and Normanby Councillors plus the MP Anna Turley are against the proposal and have started an online petition...
 
May 2016: THE FLY-TIPPING GOES ON...
ASBESTOS DUMPED AT LAZENBY LAY-BY
& ON PUBLIC FOOTPATH NEAR SS CASTLE

LAZENBY BANK GATES BROKE OPEN
RUBBISH DUMPED WEEK AFTER WEEK

We have informed the Council leaders and relevant depts.


Any info regarding those responsible:
Please call the Police on 101.

12/4/16: GOOD NEWS !!
PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO BE RESTORED

We have been informed by RCBC Engineering Dept. that following our concerns that the new barriers are blocking pedestrian access (see article below), modifications are now set to be made before the end of this month:

As follows

1) Lazenby Bank - the padlocking mechanism on the gates is going to be reinforced. A steel kissing gate is going to be put in to the left of the gates restoring pedestrian access.

2) Occupation Rd - Bank Lane barrier to be locked with kissing gate being installed beside it. Kissing gate also to be installed in barrier across Occupation Rd leading to the old reservoir track.

3) Flatts Lane - Council contacting Teesside University (landowners who lease the buildings to NHS) to review ways to stop vehicles cutting thru wood possibly with steel fencing.

ALSO... Head of Neighborhood Services has confirmed that a work crew will be removing the flytipping in Lazenby Bank woods.

THIS IS ALL VERY WELCOME NEWS & MANY THANKS TO THE DEPT. FOR RESPONDING TO THE ISSUES HIGHLIGHTED BELOW :-)

 
APRIL 2016: NEW BARRIER PROBLEMS
New barriers have been installed at Occupation Rd Eston and Lazenby Bank layby after 18 months of us lobbying the Police and RCBC. Unfortunately, and unbelievably, they also block access to pedestrians as well as vehicles! We are deeply frustrated and have written to both authorities with suggestions how this ridiculous situation can be addressed. We want to stop vehicles so people can enjoy the hills - stopping people defeats the point !
Occupation Road - has no public access - needs a steel stile or kissing gate built into it .
Bank Lane (off Occupation Rd) - This is a designated public footpath and it is illegal to block it to pedestrians - hence the council has now locked it open can you believe. So as it stands completely pointless and open to vehicles.
Lazenby Bank entrance road - old gates repaired and locked BUT public access left of the gate has been blocked with a new fence panel. Panel needs to be removed and a steel stile / kissing gate installed.
With the gates now locked, motorbikes are accessing through this footpath. The gap to the left of the horse- stepover needs blocking.
At Flatts Lane college field cut - the planters have failed for the second time. Quads go around them and cars cut thru the trees about 30 yds along . This needs a 10ft steel palisade fencing all along the college field edge down to the parkway and up around the back of the college. If this doesn't happen the hills be forever blighted with scenes like this. All of these stolen cars have been trashed and abandoned in the last few months. This is VERY FRUSTRATING given that we got the Council to remove about 7 or 8 last year.
FEB 2016: PAINT ATTACK ON NAB
IF ANYONE KNOWS THE MORON/S RESPONSIBLE -
PLEASE EMAIL US OR CALL THE POLICE on 101.
MARCH 2016:
BARRIERS TO BLOCK VEHICLES COMING SOON!
JOYRIDERS HAVE TRASHED ALL THE MAIN FOOTPATHS ACROSS THE HILLS TO WILTON BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS - IN THE COMING WEEKS, ACCESS WILL BE BLOCKED TO 4x4s AND QUADBIKES AT ESTON AND LAZENBY AS IT ALREADY IS AT FLATTS LANE. THIS IS THE RESULT OF THE COUNCIL, THE POLICE & OURSELVES WORKING TOGETHER. THANKS TO ALL COUNCIL & POLICE OFFICIALS INVOLVED!
MARCH 2016: FLYTIPPING LATEST:
Disgusting to find this lot in the woods at Lazenby Bank. Amongst it, we found an envelope addressed to a Ms. K ward of Broxa Close, Redcar (above left). We passed it onto the Council to investigate and have been notified that said person moved out around the time this stuff was dumped - and is no longer registered as paying council tax at any address in Redcar & Cleveland so possibly has left the area. The council can not access information of another borough so we will never know if it was this person or not.
 
 
OUR 2016 CALENDAR
ON SALE NOW click here


24.10.15:
ESTON BEACON TRIBUTE!
 
THE BLAST FURNACE MAY HAVE BEEN BLOWN OUT
BUT THE LIGHTS HAVE NOT GONE OUT
ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY
& HERE'S THE PROOF:
 
 
 
FULL REPORT HERE
 
 
12th October 2015:
THE END OF
TEESSIDE IRON & STEEL?
Teesside's last blast furnace, at Redcar, is to close. Iron and steel-making on Teesside will cease with the loss of 2,200 direct jobs and upwards of 8,000 including contractors and supply chain. This final act comes exactly 175 years after Bolckow & Vaughan were building their first plant in Middlesbrough and 165 years since the ironstone discovery on Eston hills which established the area as world iron-making capital...

TEESSIDE IRON & STEEL TIMELINE
 
OCTOBER 2015:
REPORT FROM RURAL CRIME FORUM
The quarterly meeting of the rural community with Cleveland Police was held at Loftus Town Hall but it was dominated again by problem hot spot...Eston hills. The installation of barriers to stop vehicles and quad bikes accessing the hills was promised at our AGM back in January. Progress has been not as quick as we had hoped but it has been made and in the coming months should be completed. See below for pictures of the work that has been carried out to date.
 
(L-R) Flatts Lane college field - Before and After. More concrete planters are planned.
(L-R) Flatts Lane top - Before & After
(L-R) Lazenby footpath before and after. Access has been restricted to vehicles but will not stop motorbikes. At the main entrance from the layby, there are steel gates that have left wide open for years because various bodies required access. Supplying keys to all of these is now being looked into and would surely provide a simple solution. At Occupation Rd, the idea of positioning boulders across Bank Lane and along the edge of the fields was roundly supported and is also being looked into.
 
 
SEPT 2015:
SPONSORED WALK & LITTER PICK BY GRANGETOWN BOYS

Boys from Grangetown Youth and Community Centre turned out in force for a sponsored walk to the Nab and a litter pick once they got there. The hike was to raise money for their pal, Joel Williams, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and is showing great fighting spirit. Thanks to the lads for supporting Joel as well helping to keep the hills tidy. All the very best to Joel from the Friends of Eston Hills.
 
AUGUST 2015:
LANDSCAPE UNDER THREAT !
Our precious and much-loved Eston hills landcape is under threat from plans to build 3 wind turbines between Yearby and Flatts Lane. As a conservation group, we are not opposed to turbines and support renewable energy, but we believe the chosen locations are unacceptable. The green thing to do is to recycle brownfield industrial wasteland that we have in abundance and in doing so conserve our precious green landscape for the benefit of the environment and everyone. WE ALSO fear that if these turbines are built, many more could well follow. If you agree, please object to the Council !
FOR MORE INFO & TO OBJECT PLEASE CLICK HERE
 
JULY 2015:

The rescued pet pig that was dumped on Eston hills recently, has given birth at its new home!


Gazette story
JULY 2015:
£201 of Cakes Sold !


That's a lot of cakes - don't eat them all at once!
Thanks to Normanby Primary for the donation.




JULY 11th: LITTER NABBED!
Thanks to all who came and did their bit !
The hills are looking fantastic from Trustee and New Bank up to the Nab...
JUNE 19th: FOEH STATEMENT ON LATEST FLAG

We have made the FOEH position clear in our statement in April (see below) but following a glut of ill-informed postings and unwarranted criticism directed at us, it is clear that some people have got the wrong end of the stick in a big way. The flag has NOTHING to do with us. It is NOT on our land. We are NOT the planning dept. It is the business of those who put it up and the council. BUT as people keep asking us why has it come down, we will explain again...

Eston Nab (that means the summit and cliff of the hills NOT the sandstone monument) is a "Scheduled Ancient Monument". This means it is classified as a conservation site of national importance as it is a bronze age and iron age site dating back 4000 years. This means it cannot be altered. And that applies to anything including a miners monument which is something many would like to see. That aside, even IF the site didn't have conservation status, the erection of anything would need to go thru the statutory planning process. That's the law. End of.

25th MAY 2015: POT-BELLIED PIG RESCUED !
In the last week, this little piggy was seen wandering on the hills near Flatts Lane. Presumably it was an unwanted pet that had been dumped by an unscrupulous owner who should have re-homed it. Fortunately it wasn't attacked by dogs and nor did it wander onto Flatts Lane or The Parkway and cause an accident. It was caught today by FOEH member, Ian Marshall of Normanby, who lured it with dog biscuits before getting a rope on it. He took it back to his house where, after digging up his lawn, it was collected by the RSPCA who have arranged a new home for it. TOP MARKS IAN - you are THE ESTON HILLS FRIEND OF THE MONTH !
APRIL 2015: A SPRING SUNSET
CAPTURED BY
TOP PHOTOGRAPHER IAN FORSYTH OF SALTBURN
SPRING CLEAN 2015
Thanks to all who came and gave Trustee a deep clean. If there was one consolation of the recent fires, it was the revealing of much litter including ironically a fire extinguisher !
APRIL 2015: FOEH STATEMENT
ON THE FLAG AT THE NAB

The flagpole at Eston Nab has been taken down by RCBC earlier this week and the debate about the flag has flared up again. This flagpole strongly divides opinion for and against.

Despite the flagpole not being on FOEH land, we do not endorse the erection of the flagpole or anything on Eston Nab for 4 reasons:

1) IT IS ILLEGAL as a permanent fixture. It has no planning permission granted by the RCBC Planning Authority in accordance with British Planning Law.

2) IT IS ILLEGAL because Eston Nab is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (The Nab is No 1011273) It is protected by law as a site of national importance and cannot be built on / changed in anyway.

3) IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL for us to support it as it contravenes our constitution as a law-abiding group dedicated to the conservation of the hills and heritage. Endorsing this would in effect mean we would have no grounds to object to anyone erecting anything on the hills no matter how virtuous their intentions or not. And as we are also a non-party political organisation we do not support any party political placards on the flagpole or anywhere at Eston Nab.

4) The flagpole made of scaffold tube sections is a danger to the public should it break in high winds.

TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE FLAGPOLE:


Your rights are not being taken away. The democratic rights of EVERYONE are enshrined in the legal planning process. It means ANYONE has a RIGHT to submit a planning application to erect ANYTHING on their own land and, with enough public support, on public land. And EVERYONE has a RIGHT to object or not. NO ONE has a right to disregard the democratic rights of others in order to impose their will on a space, public or anywhere. Lastly, the planning laws do not affect your right to wave a flag and you can wave ANY FLAG, ANYWHERE AT ANYTIME should you wish so long as it doe not contravene the trespass laws and obstruct public access.

Thank you, The FOEH Trustees

21st March: HAPPY NAB DAY !
21st March 2014 - the day the deal was done!

A year ago, after 3 months of legalities and ironing out boundary details, 2.7 acres of land at the eastern end of Eston Nab became publicly owned. As the western end was already publicly owned, this meant that Eston Nab in its entirety was in public-ownership for the first time in history. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the £15,000 that made it possible!

Hopefully we will add to this later this year...to find out more click here
   
MAR 20TH: MORE DESTRUCTION

This week we have had more fires started it is believed by idiots on motorbikes/quadbikes.

A 4x4 was stolen and abandoned on Barnaby Moor and near it was dumped a bag of deer carcasses. Presumably shot or killed with dogs.

Death and destruction OR conservation and life? It's a no brainer. If you know anything, please report it to the police. These criminals need stopping.

The Police have informed us that they have received a lot of intel from the public in the last two weeks about all of the above and are interviewing suspects. If you have any info that can help their investigations...

PLEASE CALL:
THE POLICE on 101

Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

michael.pilbeam@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

Follow: Eston Police Team on facebook

   
17.3.15:
TURBINE PLANS
FOR ESTON HILLS


Turbine Co. Entrust want to build a 77m wind turbine on the field below the former ski-slope site on the bank bottom of the west end of Eston Hills...
For maps and more info
 
  SOMEBODY KNOWS WHO DID IT
WE WANT NAMES
The Police are waiting for your call:
CALL 101
 
 
A BIG SALUTE TO CLEVELAND FIRE BRIGADE FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING.


 
MINE OF INFO
We plan to develop this site as the definitive resource for all Eston hills related info. The
first of many pages are listed below.
Others will be added when time permits...


ESTON BEACON

QUARRY HOUSE

OLD BANK

GEOLOGY OF ESTON HILLS
OUR PLANS FOR 2015
& BEYOND...

We've devised a cunning two-stage campaign to see all of Lazenby Bank in public ownership and a landmark Eston Miners' Memorial on The Nab (full details)

14.1.15: AUTHORITIES VISIT JOYRIDING HOTSPOTS

The Police & Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger plus representatives from the Police, Fire Brigade, RCBC Engineering Dept and the NFU were given a guided tour by local farmers of the hotspots used by joyriders to gain access Eston hills. FOEH member Kester Marsh attended and told us "a series of possible solutions were discussed for Flatts Lane, Eston, Lazenby and the Guisborough Rd. These included ditches and banks, lockable gates and barriers. Due to the lack of inclusion in the Council's current plans, a senior representative from the Engineering Dept. admitted, it could take up to two years to complete. But I believe that due to the good turn out of multi-agencies as well as farmers and NFU, something positive will be carried out soon".
10.1.15:
ANOTHER PLOT SOLD
We have recieved confirmation that LOT 3 of Lazenby Bank has been bought by a nature conservation trust. They are not going public just yet but we have been in touch with them and make no mistake it is a positive development. For the record, LOT 3 is a 22-acre plot of mature woodland at the top of the golf course track above conker wood.
8.1.15:
FUNDS ALLOCATED TO
STOP JOYRIDERS

Cleveland Police and Crime commissioner Barry Coppinger announced at our AGM that Police and Council funds have been allocated to help stop vehicles accessing the hills. No figures or further details have been given apart from the money has to be spent in this financial year. So we may see some progress on the ground in the coming months. This is welcome news.


8.1.15: OUR FIRST AGM
Thanks to the 20 or so who came to our first AGM at Lazenby. It wasn't a big turn out but it was certainly spirited with lots of feedback and discussion. Special thanks to Cleveland Police and Crime commissioner Barry Coppinger and his colleague Sarah Wilson for attending and discussing the joyrding and crime situation with us (full details)


MORE NEWS STORIES HERE

29.3.2014:
OFFICIALLY RETURNED TO THE PEOPLE
ESTON NAB RE-OPENING CEREMONY
FULL REPORT & VIDEO HERE

21.3.2014: HISTORY MADE.
ON 21st MARCH 2014, PEN WAS PUT TO PAPER,
MONEY WAS PAID AND HISTORY WAS MADE...
THE PEOPLE BOUGHT THE NAB !

 
 


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