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Loftus Village Profile

Quality of Environment

Loftus has a conservation area with 34 Grade II listed buildings , mainly local sandstone

Good playing areas / fields (including a cricket club) and green pockets in town.

The shopping centre was once a market centre for surrounding villages but a lack of coordinated investment in the town centre has meant there are several empty properties.

The shops are used by local residents but car owners do major shopping elsewhere.

Restricted parking spaces along main road but free car park nearby at South View. Parking is time limited in the centre. Mixture of older central properties with newer owner occupied housing in small estates. The problematic Westfield estate is being replaced by 325 mixed tenure development at Hummersea Hills. Allotments on several sites are administered by Loftus Town Council. The population is about 4500 in the town area and another 1000 in the civil parish.
 
Transport

Most frequent bus services: 5 Mon – Sat (hourly)

Middlesbrough / Guisborough / Skelton / Brotton / Loftus / Easington

X4 Mon –Sat (30 minutes)

Middlesbrough / Redcar / Marske / Saltburn / Brotton / Loftus / Easington

Cars seen as essential but car ownership is limited. No ‘real’ filling station.

Feasible (?) to place passenger train ‘halts’ on the existing mineral railway to the potash mine.
 
Commercial Outlets

Loftus is designated as a district shopping centre with 2 Coops / 2 Post Offices / Several Cafes / Gift Shops /  Newsagent / Fruit & Veg / 2 Butchers / Bakers / Frozen Food / Off License

Pet shop / Florist / Hardware / Pottery / Wool shop / Hairdressers / Tanning / Electrical goods / Photographer’s studio / Veterinary Surgery / Second hand shop / 3 funeral directors /

Pubs: Mars Inn / Station Hotel / Golden Lion / Britannia Inn / White Horse / Arlington Hotel

Takeaways ~ Chinese / Pizza shops / Fish & chips

Betting Shop / Estate Agents / Law firm / Bank / Other empty retail units.
 
Community Cohesion

Loftus Town Council. Many active faith / community groups. Three quality primary schools

Youth Club (8 hrs per week) at Loftus Youth & Community Centre / Free internet at Library.

Loftus Area Chair’s Committee ~ Organising Real Differences (Loftus ACCORD) promotes communication and cooperation of member groups to make improvements in the civil parish.

Community buildings: LY&CC (R&C), Old Loftus Coop (TVRCC), Luke Senior Hall (C&C)
 
Tourism

Loftus Town Council organises heritage, art, music and dance events in Town Hall.

‘Friends of Loftus Cemetery’ preserve the environment and family history.

Under utilised assets e.g. walks, empty Grade II heritage buildings.

Potential for tourism based on heritage and environment:

Loftus Saxon Princess jewellery site; alum extraction industry; Cleveland ironstone industry.

Loftus lies on National Cycle Route 1 which runs on the coast from Redcar to Staithes.
 
Employment & Industry

The Job Centre in Loftus serves the wider area. Unemployment is above regional and national averages as there are few employers and low educational and skill levels on reaching employment age. Most young families have very low incomes. Older established residents and incomers, who have reached or nearing retirement age, have good education or life skills, many attracted by the rural aspect and substantial houses at much lower prices than elsewhere.

Construction services (many self employed).  Some retail jobs. No large manufacturer.

Potash Mine at Boulby. Travel to Teesside adds to costs.
 
Skills/Training & Resources

Computer access at Library and at Old Coop building: Community / Business / Training

Loftus Neighbourhood Team (based in building that also houses the Library and Health Centre) provides advice and help to community groups. Community Enhancement Forum.
 
Health & Wellbeing

35% of population are smokers compared to 24% nationally. Health Centre / Doctors Surgeries / Dentists / Opticians / Pharmacies / Minor Injuries Unit at Brotton.

Leisure Centre at Loftus Baths runs various classes and courses to promote health and fitness.
 
Safe & Secure Neighbourhood

Loftus Neighbourhood Action Partnership.

Occasional Anti Social Behaviour in centre / drink / drug use / Police Station / Community policing / Fire station on a housing estate.
 
Demographics & Age Profile

East Cleveland Children’s Centre at LYCC. Care homes for the aged are available in town.

A new play area for children at the west end of Loftus is desired by residents.