Time to look to the future.
MIDDLESBROUGH and much of the area to the south of the River Tees is founded on ironstone and the industries that grew up around this resource.
The basic industry of iron co.uk.
and steelmaking attracted a wide range of skilled workers and investors.
People came to this area because of the entrepreneurs who had the vision to see that the area had all the natural resources to make investments into new hi-tech industries that would make them money.
Now these resources have gone, the industry that depended on them has also gone and many of our skilled workers and young people are going.
Rather than looking to the past, now is the time to look to the future and the type of industries that could be the rebirth of this area.
The whole area needs to be scrutinised to see what can be salvaged from the old industries and incorporated into new technologies and industries that have the potential to re-employ and train local people.
Major infrastructure projects could form the basis of regeneration such as a 21st century light rail system using advanced technology and utilising the old rail track beds in conjunction with the road network.
Near a site of one the old industries, to promote the area, build a new bridge or tunnel to cross the river.
At this time of serious job losses it is precisely when serious planning should be carried out, if necessary by our local university, to see what projects are possible and viable.
JOHN R HAWKINS, Nunthorpe