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Charltons Village Profile

Quality of Environment

Charltons lies off the Guisborough to Whitby Road below Birk Brow, being built 160 years ago in 1873. It includes smaller isolated groups of buildings at Aysdalegate and Slapeworth. The housing stock of the former mining area is generally well looked after by owner occupiers and landlords but some are concerned that a few buildings have a shabby appearance to the detriment of all. Excellent open play park areas but wind blown litter sometimes problematic.

Drainage and footpath requests as the beck floods each year. Some people have allotments. Good floral containers in the village area green spaces and near main road.

Population about 250.
 
Transport

Most frequent bus services: 28 Mon – Sat (hourly)

Middlesbrough /Guisborough / Charltons / Margrove Park / Lingdale / Saltburn

All Arriva buses finish at 6pm. There are no Arriva buses on Sundays. On LINK bus route.

Most people depended on cars as the bus service poor. Second car ownership is increasing.

Concern over ‘selfish’ parking clogging roads. Some villagers felt a car park was needed.

Some envisaged marked bays. Overall parking is good but inadequate for car users’ visiting the village hall. A few people thought speed bumps were needed.

There is a 20- minute ‘walking bus’ service to and from Charltons for children attending Lockwood Primary School at Boosbeck.
 
Commercial Outlets

No retail outlet in village as the Post Office shop has closed.

Mobile shops or a small unit to provide basic needs and sell local produce would be feasible.

Most people shop in Guisborough Boosbeck or Redcar

A common energy supplier may also be advantageous.
 
Community Cohesion

People perceive Charltons as having a real sense of community with ‘ad hoc’ social events.

The Community Centre holds a dance class but no youth clubs and has potential for more use.

It needs to seek funding for improvements to the structure, toilet, office and kitchen facilities.

There is already a Charltons Improvement Group. A picnic area and a community orchard are envisioned. The local beck would benefit from clearing. Children love playing in the woods.

The nearest Primary School is at Lockwood Park, Boosbeck. Secondary school transfer is normally to Laurence Jackson at Guisborough.
 
Tourism

The Cleveland Way route from Guisborough to Saltburn passes through Slapewath where the Fox & Hounds serves food. Charltons has a good network of local pathways and footpaths.

No shop, no public telephone, no public toilets, no pub in the actual village.
 
Employment & Industry

A heavy plant hire storage area exists along the main road towards Guisborough.

Opposite this near Fancy Bank is a car salvage company in Spa Wood, an old ironstone mine.

Vehicle recycling, Skelton Coaches and Caterpillar/similar earth moving equipment reconditioning businesses within 1 km at Charltons.

Used cars are sold sales near the foot of the bank at Birk Brow.
 
Skills/Training & Resources

Internet speeds to homes require improvement.

No public computer access (used to be available but proved too expensive.)
 
Health & Wellbeing

Health services in Guisborough

Dog litter bins requested to combat threat caused by pet owners not cleaning up after dogs on green or on footpaths to village. Reported that ‘half the village are pet owners’
 
Safe and Secure Neighbourhoods

Suggestions include:

Lighting improvements.

Secure bicycle storage.

Pedestrian crossing to Margrove Park across A172.
 
Demographics Age Profile

Older residents who have lived in Charltons a long time.

Middle aged workers who have moved from urban areas.

Younger people who tend to move house more frequently.

Many have family living in Guisborough or other East Cleveland villages.