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Closure of Tyne Dock

The bonfire of insanity: Woodland is shipped 3,800 miles and burned in Drax power station. It belches out more CO2 than coal at a huge cost YOU pay for… and all for a cleaner, greener Britain!

  • Drax Power Station in Yorkshire is switching from coal to biomass pellets
  • The wood for the pellets is transported from North Carolina, U.S.
  • Drax is swapping to pellets as it is deemed ‘carbon neutral’

By David Rose for The Mail on Sunday

Closure of Tyne Dock

Mcnultys no More

Shields Gazette 16 Sept 2016 by Fiona Thompson Email

mcnultys-offshore-yard-shed-demolitionThey once helped make the banks of the River Tyne a hive of industrial activity.
Now, the sheds of McNulty Offshore are being pulled down as the next chapter in the site’s history begins.
The gas and oil industry contractor closed in early 2012 after the firm went into administration when orders dried up, leading to 100 workers to lose their jobs.
Since then, the site has lain empty, although it was bought the same year by Port of Tyne.
The Gazette understands plans for the 10 acre site in Temple Town, Tyne Dock, are still in their development stage, with the large imposing buildings being demolished to make the site look more attractive and lead the way for any future business opportunities.
Earlier this year the port applied to South Tyneside Council for permission to demolish a number of buildings which were said to be in a “dangerous state of repair.”
When McNulty’s first closed, there were fears the closure signalled the end of ship-related operations at the riverside yard, which stretched back 200 years.
Port of Tyne has previously hinted at the land could be given a new lease of life.
When it bought the plot, it said it was “a strategically significant site” with access to deep water and only three miles from the mouth of the river and the North Sea. At the time of the acquisition, chief executive officer Andrew Moffat told the Gazette: “It is vital that land like this is retained for industrial and commercial use, and its acquisition will facilitate the delivery of the port’s growth plans across our diverse portfolio of interests.?
“The site is well known to those in the offshore sector, and provides potential for developments in the associated wind, oil and gas sectors.”
Two years ago, the council approved plans for the port to carry out a £180million expansion.
This will include creation of a new wood pellet-handling and storage facility. It will create 900 construction jobs and 300 full-time jobs when up and running.
The extension, on land next to Tyne Logistics and IHC Engineering, would also incorporate 10.50m-high storage silos and two 46m-high rail-loading silos.
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The expansion of the Port of Tyne Biomass Facility

If the biofuel protest lobby in the US and Canada get their way this source of biomass will dry up and we upset Mr Putin the sources in Siberia will stop tomorrow but that is for the people who invest in the Port of Tyne to worry about.

What is of concern for some residents are the consequences of the expansion which required the lengthening of River Quay and the closure of Tyne Dock.

One in particular is the displacement of a ship repair to a primarily residential area across town.

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Given to the People by Sir John Readhead.

After extensive research by South Tyneside Council’s Legal Services Department, it has been established that the authority does not own Readhead’s Landing on the riverside at South Shields. Despite this, the Council has moved to protect public safety and has made the site, off Commercial Road, safe and secure. The pedestrian gate at Readhead’s Landing was locked by an adjoining landowner some time ago because of health and safety concerns. Now the Council has secured the entire site to protect the public. And although it is not legally required to do so, the authority is investigating the costs of a provisional clean-up to rid the site of rubbish dumped by fly-tippers and algae which is coating the concrete slipway. Councillor Michael Clare, Lead Member Neighbourhood Services and a Simonside and Rekendyke Ward Member, said: “Even though the Council does not own this land, we take our duty of care very seriously. “That is why we have moved to protect the public from possible injury by securing the side gate at Readhead’s Landing and investigating the possibility of cleaning up the site. Even if this work is done, however, it would not solve the considerable health and safety issues associated with public access to the Landing.
STC, 2005

From 2013 when all the landing were disappearing!

Taken from the people and given to Port of Tyne by a Planning Officer of South Tyneside Council.
The Port of Tyne erected a 6ft tall fence at the bottom of Readhead’s Landing, off Commercial Road in South Shields, as a security measure.
Read more: Unfortunately deleted: A DECISION to fence off an historic riverside right of way has been labelled “health and safety gone mad”.
But the move has angered protesters, who have been fighting for more than a year to retain the landing for public use.
The port is pushing ahead with a £180m extension of its Riverside Quay, which involves filling in the remaining front section of Tyne Dock.
The work is required to provide additional berthing for ships, as part of a massive renewable energy expansion plan, which would create hundreds of jobs.
The plans require the closure of the landing, the town’s only remaining direct public access to the river.