Middlesbrough Borough Council

Independent Andy Preston won Middlesbrough's mayoral election, taking over from Labour's Dave Budd.

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Middlesbrough mayor calls for business rates to be scrapped

BBC News

The Mayor of Middlesbrough is calling on the government to scrap business rates in a bid to save local high streets.

Analysis by the BBC's Data Unit has found councils in the North East are hardest hit by empty shops - costing authorities £46m in lost business rates last year.

The government says it's investing millions of pounds into local high streets, but the Mayor of Middlesbrough is calling for major reform.

Julie Fletcher, founder of Pie Jackers in Middlesbrough

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.

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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

“Our high streets need all the support they can get.", he said.

Ben Houchen

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".

Ben HouchenTees Valley Mayor

Bridge closure caused by stretched cables

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Metcalfe

Stretched cables and structural defects are behind the extended closure of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, councillors have been told.

The iconic 108-year-old structure was closed in July and it has now been revealed that suspension wires carrying the gondola need to be replaced.

Councillor Dennis McCabe, executive member for environment, told councillors that staff employed on the bridge were not qualified to do the work, meaning contractors had to be drafted in.

He also told the chamber that welding troubles had been uncovered after the council took on the bridge’s maintenance programme.

Details of the bridge’s problems were revealed after a question from Councillor Ron Arundale, who shared worries about the long closure.

He said: "I find this quite concerning given that eight years ago the bridge was thoroughly overhauled as part of its centenary."

However, Mr McCabe said he was confident the bridge would be reopened in the new year.

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge
Middlesbrough Council

Public consultation starts on Gresham redevelopment

BBC Tees

A public consultation has started on a £20m plan to redevelop one of Teesside’s most troubled housing estates.

The housing group Thirteen is looking to build 179, houses, apartments and bungalows in Gresham in Middlesbrough.

The area has seen problems with crime, drugs and anti-social behavior in recent years.

This development is part of a wider programme by the local council to get more people living and working in Middlesbrough town centre.

Middlesbrough tops council art collections league

Local Democracy Reporting Service

James Cain

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.

Flytipping at recycling site

Clearing the site up on an almost daily basis incurs significant costs, and the waste left cannot be recycled."

Councillor Dennis McCabe,Executive member for the environment at Middlesbrough Council

Plans for multimillion-pound art college submitted

Anna Murray

BBC Tees

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

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Rough sleepers from as far away as Cardiff and Edinburgh are bedding down on Middlesbrough’s streets, councillors have been told.

Debbie Cochrane, homelessness leader at Middlesbrough Council, revealed the make-up of rough sleepers in an ongoing review by the authority's culture and communities scrutiny panel.

Ms Cochrane said: “In August we had 17 rough sleepers. September had 20 and in October we had 22 over the course of the month.

"However, a third of those are always from out of Middlesbrough – from Cardiff, Edinburgh, Stockton and Redcar.”

Homeless camp on the outskirts of Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Council

She told members how street wardens, the public and street cleaners sent reports and information to her every week about those sleeping rough.

The problem of homelessness has been highlighted in recent months after the deaths of several people on the streets.

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.