Sunday, 4 October 2015
Friday, 2 October 2015
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Then the sea defences and infrastructure went up...
It was at this time that I realised that I was part of the problem actually. I complained but why did nothing happen?
We all like to moan don't we? We get a rebuttal and then label everyone the same "the council" "the police". We make up our own explanations and ask "why didn't they try this..." without knowing if they tried that in the first place. However I've learnt that individuals make up these organisations.
So I formed FRED and decided to tackle solutions head on - actively. I set up social media to get others' reaction, experience and ideas. I wrote to council officers, managers, councillors, authorities, bodies, groups and businesses. And guess what... Things happened. Not a lot at first but definite action and then we got the support to clean the beach and apologies from the Environment Agency, RCBC and... No nothing but reluctance from Balfour Beatty (Birse). 2 out of 3 ain't bad! 😃
What annoyed me still though was - not getting a reply from some individuals - not "the council" but individuals who work for the council or councillors who wouldn't get back to me. So I'd go higher up the tree or around and my copy list grew and grew. Still some relevant characters didn't reply.
I actually found there to be a lot of good council workers and councillors (all parties) and all as frustrated as everyone else, by the procedural bureaucracy formed from historical experience that created - policies (Argh!).
Transparency and communication rule ok? So...
My preferred email is email@example.com My mobile is 07966 985 444 😃👍
For information on, suggestions about or concerns over Coatham and Redcar call or write. I'll even meet for a chat and a coffee if free - Regardless of your political persuasion.
Do keep moaning it is important to complain to show we care about our home but give the councillors an opportunity to hear your issues because you might learn they are being dealt with or your idea is the one that works or why it won't work or why it takes ages.
And throw your hand up to volunteer too wherever possible, it's empowering. We are seemingly good at complaining but bad at volunteering and besides it validates complaining even moreso and gets us closer to the issues that we care about.
Cheers and thanks for showing you care about the issues as much as we do. Do contact me direct. Text too if you like but don't bombard me as I'm only human and am receiving vast amounts of phone calls, texts and emails everyday and I do reply to all the clean ones.😃👍
Cllr Carl Quartermain (Coatham Ward)
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Sunday, 19 July 2015
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Sunday, 5 July 2015
The York Landyacht Club with support from various volunteers and sponsors such as Zenith Leisure Outdoor Adventure , EDF Energy Renewable, FRED, Tees Valley Community Forum and RCBC saw the successful two day competition at Majuba sands, Coatham Bay for the third successive year.
All four classes of land yachts were in action from the "mini's" to the powerful Class 3 yachts with 30+ competing participants.
Organiser Kevin Skelton said: “"British Landsailing is delighted to be back in Redcar for a third time to stage a Championship Regatta on one of Britain's best beaches.
"We would like to thank Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for the support they provide and the people of Redcar for the loan of their brilliant beach."
He added, "Most of all we would like to thank the local volunteers and The Friends of Redcar who marshalled the event and kept the public and our pilots safe.”
Cabinet member for jobs, skills and leisure, and FRED chairman, Councillor Carl Quartermain presented the winning sailors with trophies and said:
"Having stewarded the last two years, I have nothing but praise and admiration for everyone involved in bringing the Regatta here. Long may it continue to grow and for Redcar to become a world class, internationally recognised venue for extreme and alternative sports.
"It was a real honour to present the beautiful Redcar Regatta Landsailing awards to the 12 winners. I would encourage our seaside town's businesses and residents to get involved and help Redcar to further these incredible sports and activities."
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