Teesside Archaeological Society and Hands on Middlesbrough have been working hard to raise awareness about heritage at risk in Middlesbrough.
The Urban Park proposed at Middlehaven is on the site of what was once Middlesbrough Pottery. Middlesbrough Pottery Company was founded in 1834 and produced until 1857. This pre-dates the more famous Linthorpe Art Pottery which was launched in 1879.
After considerable lobbying by TAS members, Middlesbrough council has agreed to a watching brief, with an archaeologist present at the Urban Park site.
Hands on Middlesbrough recently requested an FOI for information about the land to the North of Acklam Hall (the site of a medieval moat medieval manor and possible priests house) when work was carried out in breach of planning conditions and without an archaeologist present.
Work was stopped, but we have yet to discover how the council plans to enforce protection of the historic environment. Middlesbrough Borough Council opted out of using Tees Archaeology to screen planning applications in 2009 so it is essential they put a programme in place to ensure the Historic environment Record for Middlesbrough is being updated and heritage is protected.