A new eco-friendly home for Middlesbrough Council must represent the best possible deal for taxpayers and suit the needs of staff for decades to come. Covid-19 has forced the Council to reconsider plans to relocate to Centre North East from the Civic Centre, which is no longer fit for purpose.
Grants are up for grabs as part of a major drive to transform a key part of Middlesbrough. Building owners and leaseholders in the town's Historic Quarter are being invited to apply for the cash to help with repairs and restoration works of empty or under-utilised buildings.
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston has called on the government to "concentrate on the basics" before making further changes to local Covid restrictions. Mr Preston wants to see a focus on enforcement against those who deliberately break rules around social distancing and face coverings.
They're the jewel in the town's crown - and Middlesbrough's much loved parks have once again swept to Green Flag glory. Albert Park, Stewart Park, Pallister Park, Thorntree Park, Hemlington Lake, Fairy Dell and Linthorpe Cemetery have achieved another clean sweep in the 2020 Green Flag Awards.
Parents have been warned they risk being fined if their children fail to follow Covid-19 laws. The legal threat comes after reports more than 30 teenagers broke self-isolation rules to attend a house party. The group of students risked infecting others by meeting up during their isolation period.
Details of four new Covid-19 testing sites have been confirmed for Middlesbrough. After a trial period the facility at Cannon Park is now officially the Regional Testing Site. The centre is open from 8am-8pm seven days a week. As a result, tests are no longer taking place at the disused Sainsbury's site in Middlehaven.
The mental health of our children and young people matters to us all. The positivity and hope children radiate is heart-warming, and for parents and carers life affirming, but sometimes children struggle and like everybody they can find life hard.