After 72 hours of being launched – Teesside has registered a whopping 92% support in the TeessideTogether ‘identity’ poll.
Open to all of the region and promoted across Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar & Cleveland – voting was brisk and decisive.
Unlike the GazetteLive poll, which offered readers 4 choices – the TeessideTogether poll simply offered ‘Teesside’ & ‘Tees Valley’ as the two options for the best identity of the region.
TeessideTogether Chairman, Dave Roberts, said, “You do not need a degree to work out Teesside has vast support across the region. We deliberately made this poll available to ALL unitary authority regions to allow the poll to take in all opinions from Darlington in the west to Redcar & Cleveland in the east.”
“Teesside still registered a 92% share of the vote – that’s a huge rubber stamp of approval.”
When offered additional voting options in the GazetteLive poll, ‘Tees Valley’ garnered even less support at 1.4% – down from 3% in their 2010 poll. The Gazette results were, Teesside 81.2%, Something Else 14.5%, No Definition 2.9%, Tees Valley 1.4%.
“With such little public support for Tees Valley, I feel it would be foolish for politicians and bureaucrats to ‘plough-on-regardless’ with any plans to spend further amounts of time, effort and money on promoting this rejected regional identity”, Roberts said.
“We all should immediately come together and resolve our identity crisis once and for all, then move forward to maximise the opportunity a strong unified voice will bring the Teesside area in the new environment of regional devolution.”