Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston has welcomed measures put in place by Teesside University to combat the spread of Covid-19. The University has introduced a hybrid model of teaching with students spending part of their time learning on line and part of their time on campus.
Everyone has a role to play, whatever you're doing. That's the simple message from Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston as he urges the town to keep up the fight against Covid. As of Friday, Middlesbrough's infection rate was 36.2 per 100,000 of population. The town remains on the government's Covid watchlist.
Local residents are being asked for their views on future development in a key Middlesbrough Community. Over the next six weeks they'll have the chance to have their say on the Marton West Neighbourhood Plan. Those views - which can be submitted until Monday, October 26 - will then be fed into an independent public examination.
A "secret" community garden and beautified alleyways are being planned for the back streets of a Middlesbrough community. Local artist Carol Newmarch has secured £1,500 from Middlesbrough Council's Community Grants scheme for the proposal to create an "absolute haven for local people".
Residents across Middlesbrough are being asked for their views on bigger bins and a proposed move from weekly to fortnightly bin collections. The move - aimed at boosting recycling rates, reducing carbon emissions and waste going to landfill and saving money - would see household waste and recycling collected every two weeks.
Care homes around Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland have been advised to suspend visits in order to protect residents from Covid-19. South Tees Director of Public Health Mark Adams has written to care home managers with new guidance in response to rising infection rates.
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston is set to launch a Covid grant scheme to help small businesses protect their staff and customers. Small businesses and the self-employed will shortly be able to apply for funding to cover the costs of making their environments Covid secure.
A major funding boost is set to breathe new life into Middlesbrough's Historic Quarter. Grants will be up for grabs to help with repairs and restoration works to businesses and other premises. The quarter was designated a Conservation Area in 1989 and centres around the Grade II-listed railway station, extending north towards Middlehaven and south towards the town centre.