Labour has kept control of South Tyneside Council.
The party lost four seats but easily retained control, taking 16 out of the 20 seats which were contested across the borough.
Now the council’s overall make-up is 44 Labour councillors, five independents, three Greens, one Conservative and Jeff Milburn who is listed on the council’s website as an Independent Conservative.
The council's leader Tracey Dixon, who retained her seat in Whitburn and Marsden with 1,337 votes, said she was “slightly disappointed” with the result.
She said: “We were hoping that we would retain 20 Labour councillors but unfortunately we have lost four seats and that isn’t for the want of the candidates trying, it’s been a very difficult year for this year’s election."
Plans to create a new marina with floating pontoons in South Shields have been approved.
The development at the former Brigham and Cowan Dock 4 Entrance, off Long Row, will see an area created for small boats to be moored, a wave break and access ladder.
The plans had been opposed by neighbours who are worried about noise, pollution and parking.
During a public consultation 139 representations were submitted in support and 90 objections against.
Councillor Angela Hamilton raised concerns about increased traffic and limited parking, adding: “I’m not against a pontoon or a marina, if it’s done right it can bring a massive advantage to our borough.
“But this application isn’t right, it doesn’t meet the local planning framework and takes away residents’ amenities that they’re entitled to."
A statement from the applicant said the former dock was ‘one of the last practical locations’ in South Tyneside suitable for a such a facility.
The application was approved with a condition that the pontoon be restricted for “the mooring of recreational leisure boats and for no other purpose”.
There's also a dispute over access to a public walkway on the riverside.
Part of the riverside walkway and England Coast Path, adjacent to the former dock, has already been gated-off and an online petition to reopen it has collected more than 1,000 signatures.
The local authority said it's a separate issue to the pontoon and it is in talks with Natural England regarding the pathway.
Rainbows and thank you NHS signs are being painted on roads across South Tyneside.
A total of 18 rainbow roads are being created close to healthcare services in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn, as well as in Cleadon, Boldon Village and Whitburn.
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Quote Message: It is important to remember that the death toll during the second lockdown has been far higher than during the first. For this reason, we want to remind health workers that we continue to stand with them and appreciate all they do." from Tracey Dixon Leader, South Tyneside Council
It is important to remember that the death toll during the second lockdown has been far higher than during the first. For this reason, we want to remind health workers that we continue to stand with them and appreciate all they do."
A number will also be painted on the approach roads to South Tyneside District Hospital.
It's hoped the gesture from South Tyneside Council will boost the morale of NHS staff and show the borough's gratitude.
Quote Message: The rainbow has become a symbol of the efforts of all who are working in the NHS during the pandemic and this gesture from South Tyneside Council will no doubt put a smile on the faces of many of our staff coming into our hospital sites at this difficult time." from Ken Bremner South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
The rainbow has become a symbol of the efforts of all who are working in the NHS during the pandemic and this gesture from South Tyneside Council will no doubt put a smile on the faces of many of our staff coming into our hospital sites at this difficult time."
Council leaders ask public to follow lockdown rules
Leaders representing Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham, have urged residents to "stay vigilant and help us recover”.
It comes after a sunny weekend, which saw scores of people gather at beaches, riversides and parks, with some concerned about a lack of social distancing.
The councils praised the “vast majority” of residents for being “magnificent” at following lockdown rules, but said there is a danger "of undoing all that good work if we all don’t continue to do so".
"This weekend saw the good weather attract many people outdoors for their exercise. That’s understandable, but please remember to only meet up with one other person or stay within your household or support bubble, and stay local."