JACOB YOUNG IS SPEARHEADING THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE DORMAN LONG TOWER
As we begin to demolish large parts of the former Steelworks & Coke ovens, the future of Dorman Long Tower has been called into question.
I want to make it clear, I am committed to the preservation of the Dorman Long Tower on the new Teesworks site, provided it is safe to do so.
It's something that has become a defining feature of the skyline for the people of Teesside, especially Redcar & Cleveland, and it's also a very special building for me on a personal level.
When I was an apprentice at TTE in South Bank, it was the tower that dominated the view out of my window and stood as a reminder of the many thousands of men and women who have worked in our local industry.
Now a picture of it hangs proudly in my office in Westminster. For me it's an important reminder of my roots, of where I come from and also of all the potential Teesside has for the future - from the banks of the Tees, we built the world.
As a board member of the South Tees Development Corporation (STDC), which has now taken ownership of the site, I plan to be a powerful voice for the preservation of an important part of our heritage.
I have already spoken to Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen about what the tower means for our community, and I will be speaking to STDC colleagues about the next steps in assessing the viability of saving the tower.
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