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Margrove Park Village Profile

Quality of Environment

Former mining area housing stock built in the 1850s. The original housing of 100 homes was two terraces forming an ‘L’ shape. A smaller terrace was built later so 127 houses are now sited around a village green, and two bungalows were added in recent years.

The houses are generally very well looked after by landlords, tenants and owner occupiers.

If a private property becomes available a local landlord tries to buy and rent to young villagers to maintain a sustainable community. The Skelton & Gilling Estates are the main landowners.

Damage is caused to surfaces of back alleys by heavy coal / oil delivery vehicles. R & C BC could tarmac unadopted back streets to terraces but funds are not available. An excellent open play park area is at the centre of green space around village hall. The facilities of the hall and play equipment would not be out of place in larger communities. Population about 200
 
Transport

Most frequent bus services: Arriva 28 Mon – Sat 8am – 6pm (hourly)

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

Local Link (R&C) has similar times to Arriva at Margrove Park so service is duplicated

Adequate on road parking despite increase in car ownership.

There used to be a 15-minute ‘walking bus’ service to and from Margrove Park for children attending Lockwood Primary School at Boosbeck. Secondary school transfer is to G’boro

Younger owner occupiers must travel to other places in the borough or to Teesside for work.

Older retired residents must also travel outside the village for goods and most services.
 
Commercial Outlets

No retail outlet in village. A mobile fish & Chip van calls on Wednesday at tea time.

Doorstep milk delivery service – on alternate days. Nearest shops are in G’boro or Boosbeck.
 
Community Cohesion

Village Hall Association promotes social inclusion and regeneration of the community.

It also looks after the green and the hall which is at the centre of village activities, establishing a children’s playing field, planting trees, shrubs and flower beds, and carrying out landscaping projects to re-lay footpaths and fencing in the village. R&C mobile library visits weekly.

Celebrations held at Christmas & Easter, etc table top sales, bingo, charity coffee morning and councillors’ surgeries but there is no youth club, internet access or computer class in the hall. 

Margrove Park won the Northumbria Village in Bloom competition twice about a decade ago, After a lapse in entering the competition the 2012 entry gained a silver award.

The nearest Primary School at Lockwood Park, Boosbeck. Secondary school transfer is normally to Laurence Jackson at Guisborough. No church building in the village.

 

Tourism

Tees Valley Wildlife Trust at Margrove Park Heritage Centre (on the road near the village). Woodland walks, Margrove Ponds reserve, and the Cleveland Way (Long Distance Footpath) are close to the village. An opportunity exists to develop a Heritage Trail. There is easy access to forestry and the North York Moors for walks and mountain biking. The owners of a commercial caravan park adjoining the village are keen it be seen as a part of the community.

 

Employment & Industry

Coatham Coaches operate from commercial yard within the village area.

Margrove Business Park  ~ Steel-framed units for hire ~ (10.4k & 15k sq ft)

Car body repairer. Reclaimed building materials business recently opened.

 

Skills/Training & Resources

The Village Hall has no computers or internet access facilities.

Improvements to broadband would be welcomed.

 

Health & Wellbeing

Doctors’ surgeries at Lingdale or Guisborough.

 

Safe & Secure Neighbourhood

The village community is regarded as essentially trouble free as most people know each other.

Concern at damage caused to surfaces of back alleys and properties on corners by heavy coal/oil/gas delivery vehicles as there is no mains gas service to the village. A comment was made to have one lorry for both coal & oil. One corner of the main road has been rebuilt by the villagers several times. The council upgraded a sloping back road to some inaccessible houses but to adopt all back alleys and fulfil the villagers’ wishes would probably be too expensive. There are great concerns about traffic on the roads outside the central village area on the narrow Margrove Road and the main A171 Birk Brow Road. Speed of vehicles through the village are at times excessive, and with one death in the past 4 years.

 

Demographics & Age Profile

Approximately 25% of the villagers in Margrove Park are unemployed.

High proportion of retirees but a vibrant neighbourhood with many children and teenagers.