Middlesbrough's community hubs and libraries will start to emerge from lockdown next week. From Tuesday, August 4, a phased programme will see a number of venues re-open part-time, albeit with a different look and feel in order to ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors.
Middlesbrough's popular Dorman Museum will throw open its doors to visitors again from Thursday (July 30) in response to the latest easing of pandemic restrictions. The move follows a frantic fortnight in which staff have worked round the clock to ensure young and old alike can enjoy its treasures in a safe and healthy environment.
A self-styled "slavvery c***" who has terrorised shoppers and shop workers in Middlesbrough's Linthorpe Village has been banned from the area. Garron Mulraney has repeatedly been abusive to staff and stolen from shops including Boots, Heron and Co-Op.
Parents in the North East are being urged to claim Child Benefit, even if they have not yet been able to register the birth of their newborns, to ensure they don't miss out. Claims can only be backdated by up to three months, so it's important that new parents claim as soon as they can to receive the maximum support available.
Work has begun on a new £4.8m Middlesbrough flood scheme that will provide improved protection to 485 homes. The Marton West Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme will protect properties in central Middlesbrough against flooding from the beck, the sea, and surface water.
Middlesbrough's pubs and eateries are getting back to business and are keen to share big price reductions with diners. It's hoped a new scheme will encourage hungry diners to eat out during August and give a much needed boost to the local economy.
Middlesbrough's bulky waste collections are to begin again on Monday, July 20. Bulky waste is classed as any household item for disposal which won't fit in a wheelie bin. However, residents should be aware that for the moment mattresses cannot be collected owing to national health and safety guidance for disposing of them.
Middlesbrough annual Summer Reading Challenge returns for 2020 with an expanded online only event beginning on Saturday, July 18. The website is free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal which they can set themselves.
Major acquisitions completed this week see Middlesbrough Council stake a key claim in the future of the town centre. Following months of negotiations, the authority has taken ownership of the strategically important Captain Cook Square and House of Fraser sites.
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston has repeated his plea for the town to "get ahead of the game" and start wearing face masks immediately. Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that facial coverings would need to be worn in shops by law from Friday, July 24.