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Vertical pier for seafront revamp

Radcar vertical pier
The planned vertical pier will be visible from the sea

A £30m revamp of a Teesside town's run-down seafront is vital to the area's long-term economy, council bosses say.

Almost all the funding for the project in Redcar, which includes an 80ft (24.3m) high vertical pier with 360-degree viewing platform, is in place.

A formal planning application for the project, which also involves strengthening the town's sea defences, is due to be made in the spring.

Redcar and Cleveland Council said the scheme would create about 150 jobs.

Under the scheme a promenade, with performance space, seating areas and water cascades, will be built.

'Stimulating investment'

The council's cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism Sheelagh Clarke said: "An awful lot of work has been carried out since we unveiled the designs.

"Now we're delighted to say that the scheme is coming together.

"We have one funding application to make and then we will be submitting the whole scheme for planning permission in late spring."

Cabinet member for economic development Mark Hannon added: "We cannot underestimate how important this scheme is for the area in terms of boosting the local economy.

"This scheme is all about stimulating investment in Redcar and raising its profile as a visitor destination and commercial centre.

"It's absolutely essential to make this investment, which can see real dividends by producing a vital jobs boost in these difficult times."

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