Middlesbrough's amazing independent businesses led the way as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were finally eased at the weekend. Many were able to open for the first time in over three months, with bars, hair salons and eateries springing back into life on Saturday (July 4).
Local residents are being asked for their views to help transform the way Council services are delivered. The ‘locality working' model - unveiled earlier his year - aims to improve the way partners work together and deliver services in a way that meets the needs of the local community.
Two "disgraceful" dumping ground properties in east Middlesbrough have been cleaned up following council interventions. Middlesbrough Council's Environmental Enforcement team took action to secure improvements at the two private properties in Netherfields.
Local residents are being asked for their views on the future development of Nunthorpe Grange. Their input will help to shape a number of proposed developments set to take place over the coming years. While any proposal will be subject to the normal planning approval process, the input of the local community at an early stage can help to mitigate long-term impacts.
A major overhaul will see a completely new approach to the delivery of youth services across Middlesbrough. Subject to approval by the Executive, Middlesbrough Council will now develop a fully commissioned service model to turn the tide on nearly a decade of cuts and closures.
An oasis of calm promoting healthy eating, exercise and positive mental health could be developed in Middlesbrough's Digital City. The tranquil urban farm would boast a street café and shop selling produce grown on site and create jobs for local people.
An online lottery that would raise precious funds for cultural activity is being planned for Middlesbrough. The draws would support a sector hit hard by Covid-19, with venues forced to close and activities cancelled for several months. Tickets for the Middlesbrough Community Lottery would cost £1 with a top prize of £25,000 up for grabs.
A book of condolence has been opened to remember all those in Middlesbrough who have lost their lives to Covid-19. The book of condolence will be online only and will ask Middlesbrough residents to help remind everyone that behind the statistics are people's friends and family members whose "memories should be shared and their stories told".