The government says it's investing millions of pounds into local high streets, but the Mayor of Middlesbrough is calling for major reform.
Have you complete your child's primary school preference form?
The parents of more than 250 children in Middlesbrough are yet to choose a primary school despite the looming deadline.
Parents have until tomorrow to return their Primary School Preference forms to the council or risk their child being placed at whichever school has a spare place.
More than one in 10 of the forms remain outstanding with just days left before the national deadline.
Ben Houchen pledges free town parking if re-elected
The Tees Valley mayor has said that if re-elected in May, he will make parking free in the area's five town centres.
Ben Houchen said it is an attempt to boost local high streets like Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and improve job prospects.
Mr Houchen says it will be funded by Government money and won't impact council taxpayers
streets need all the support they can get.", he said.
It is a depressing sight for people to see empty shops on the high street.
By introducing free parking, we can drive up the number of people visiting our town centres, increase spending, boost our economy and create jobs while making Tees Valley an even more dynamic and vibrant place to live and do business".
The extent of Teesside’s publicly-owned art collections has been revealed.
Middlesbrough has the largest fine art collection in the region with over 1,000 works, including ones by David Hockney and Bridgit Riley, and a total value of £8.5m.
A council spokesman said that while only a small number of pieces were on display at any given time, the policy was to display the artworks on a rotation basis.
Stockton Council has 440 items in its collection with an estimated value of £5.8m, and with 43 items on display, the public can see just under 10% of the council’s collection at any time.
Meanwhile, with 412 artworks, Redcar and Cleveland Council has the smallest collection, valued at £21,350.
A spokesman for Redcar and Cleveland Council said:“The majority of items are local or have a specific value to our area, e.g. works connected to our award-winning exhibition about the steel and iron industry."
Flytipping closes recycling site
A Middlesbrough recycling site is to close permanently from today because of persistent fly-tipping.
The "Bring Site" at the Parkway Centre in Coulby Newham had also been subject to contamination of its recycling bins.
The council said residents will need to rely on their home collections, or use the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Haverton Hill.
Clearing the site up on an almost daily basis incurs significant costs, and the waste left cannot be recycled."
Plans for multimillion-pound art college submitted
Plans have been submitted to Middlesbrough Council for a new, multimillion-pound further education college.
If approved, the Northern School of Art will move from its current base in Linthorpe to a purpose-built, three-storey building in the town centre.
A grant of more than £14m to help the move was signed off last month by the Tees Valley Combined Authority.
Consultation ends on 5 December.
Rough sleepers from Edinburgh and Cardiff 'bedding down' in Middlesbrough
Ms Cochrane said she wanted to change perceptions of rough sleepers and how people talked about them, adding: “Rough sleepers have often had a really traumatic past – the majority of got mental health problems and substance misuse issues.
"It's not a lifestyle choice to be on the streets.”
Middlesbrough Council will continue its review of homelessness next month.