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Voters should be allowed to judge if council hall tax increases are justified

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLANNING MATTERS: Darlington town hall, where council planning officers have agreed an extension to the Neasham Road gypsy site

12:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TOWN halls should be free to push through any council tax increase, MPs say – and be judged by voters on “election day”.

Community champion picks up national award

Darlington and Stockton Times: COMMUNITY CHAMPION: Middlesbrough councillor Peter Purvis wins national accolade

5:19pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A MIDDLESBROUGH ward councillor has been named as a ‘Local Authority Hero’.

Middlesbrough to London train link campaign gathers speed

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald has launched an online petition to try and restore the Middlesbrough to London direct train link

1:16pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A CAMPAIGN for a direct train service between Middlesbrough and London is building up steam.

Council introduces new code of conduct to allow filming at meetings

Darlington and Stockton Times: Everyone attending Middlesbrough Council's AGM last night was evicted outside after blogger John King refused to stop filming

5:58pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A BLOGGER who prompted a council to evict more than 100 people from a meeting when he refused to stop filming it, has welcomed a policy change.

Social worker struck off over care delay

5:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

SOCIAL worker Deborah Lamie has been struck off for failing to instigate care proceedings for four children, which she then attempted to conceal, whilst working for Middlesbrough Council.

Test Town traders open for businesss

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN FASHION: Sisters Gurpreet and Nav Bains in their shop, part of Test Town Middlesbrough, where five young entrepreneurs compete in empty shops to help revive the high street and have the chance of winning £10,000. Picture: TOM BANKS (6500673)

5:13pm Friday 23rd May 2014

EMPTY shops have been turned into pop-up stores in a new scheme to let young entrepreneurs try out their sales patter and test their products on the public.

More than 100 people evicted from town hall meeting over filming row

Darlington and Stockton Times: The scene outside Middlesbrough Town Hall tonight

9:57pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

EVERYONE attending Middlesbrough Council AGM was evicted from the meeting tonight after a member of the public refused to stop filming proceedings.

Investment to improve dangerous roads is on the agenda at Middlesbrough Council

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough Choices  2013 careers fair expected to attract 1,200 to the town hall on Thursday, October 24

11:40am Sunday 4th May 2014

PROPOSALS for a near £2m investment in a town’s transport links will be decided on at a meeting this week (Thursday, May 8).

Local artists feature at new Mima exhibition

Darlington and Stockton Times: Artist Nick Kennedy with his piece 'Untitled Timecasters' on display along with work by seven other North-East artists at Mima in Middlesbrough

7:15pm Thursday 1st May 2014

AN exhibition showcasing the work of eight North-East artists has been unveiled at Mima gallery of modern art in Middlesbrough.

Almost £100,000 in unclaimed benefits uncovered in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlehaven in Middlesbrough

1:39pm Thursday 1st May 2014

A BENEFITS study in two Middlesbrough suburbs has revealed almost £100,000 of entitlements going unclaimed.

Free parking scheme extended for shoppers in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Restaurant temporarily closed

1:22pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

FREE parking for shoppers in Middlesbrough town centre will continue but will be offered in fewer car parks from today (MONDAY, APRIL 29).

Chance to make a difference in your community

Darlington and Stockton Times: Boundary changes for Middlesbrough Council

11:25am Monday 28th April 2014

NEW training gets under way this week aimed at people who would like to volunteer for Middlesbrough Council.

Take a trip down memory lane at "Middlesbrough on film" screening

Darlington and Stockton Times: Streets cleaned up to reduce crime in Gresham

12:29pm Sunday 27th April 2014

THE opening of the Transporter bridge in 1911 to the closing of the last men-only pub will be memories brought to life at a screening held this week.

Steel industry filters turned into artwork

Darlington and Stockton Times: Artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva and Mima interim director Mark Robinson with Elpida's sculpture made from ceramic filters

4:36pm Thursday 24th April 2014

FILTERS used to cast metal in the steel industry have been turned into a sculpture.

Bhangra star signed up to Middlesbrough Mela

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bhangra star signed up to Middlesbrough Mela

2:39pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A BHANGRA star and an Asian R’n’B singer-songwriter have been signed up to perform at an annual multi-cultural festival.

Tread the boards by signing up for adult acting lessons

Darlington and Stockton Times: Early bird tickets are available until April 28 for Teesside Hospice's Seaside Starlight Stroll 2014 which has a pirate theme. Pictured (L-R) are Kim Bradley, Michael Freeman, Leanne Irvine and Jane O'Byrne

12:55pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Adult acting classes for people with some stage experience are being held every Monday during term time from 7pm to 9pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall costing £3 per session. Subjects covered will include physicality, vocalisation and visualisation when creating a part. To book call the box office on 01642-729729.

Conference to improve services for families with disabled children

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough FC left red-faced after failing to pay bill

4:06pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A CONFERENCE to help improve services for families of children and young people with disabilities is being held in Middlesbrough next month.

Sneak preview of exhibition celebrating the bridge making heritage of Teesside

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bridgemaster Alan Murray and principal engineer Rodger Wakerley with Sydney Harbour Bridge print

12:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre will reopen its doors for four days this Easter Bank Holiday weekend offering members of the public a sneak preview of the new ‘Bridging the World’ exhibition.

Cash grants awarded to groups working with young disabled people

Darlington and Stockton Times: Boundary changes for Middlesbrough Council

11:53am Monday 14th April 2014

GROUPS providing activities for children and young people with disabilities have been awarded grants under an annual initiative.

Project buzzing after scooping national award

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough beekeeping project scoops national award

4:29pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A COMMUNITY bee-keeping project taking place in Middlesbrough is celebrating after success in a national awards scheme.

Animal magic

Darlington and Stockton Times: White Cross Vets' head nurse Allison Hodgson with dog Cassie celebrate the PetPlan nominations

2:21pm Friday 4th April 2014

White Cross Vets’ Coulby Newham and Redcar branches have been nominated for the ‘Practice of the Year’ award run by pet insurer, PetPlan.

Deal could be sealed to expand My Sister's Place

Darlington and Stockton Times: Becky Rogerson, chief officer of My Sister's Place domestic violence support centre believes low paid women are increasingly vulnerable

4:04pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A DOMESTIC violence charity coping with a surge in demand is aiming to secure a longterm lease on its building which could unlock funding for a major expansion plan.

Song writing project is music to the ears of youngsters

Darlington and Stockton Times: Song writing project is music to the ears of youngsters

2:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE achievements of young people who took part in a song writing project as part of The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme were celebrated at a Creative Opportunities Showcase event.

Under starters orders

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Hare and the Tortoise is being performed at Arc arts centre in Stockton until Thursday, April 10

3:24pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

The Hare and the Tortoise is being performed at Arc arts centre in Stockton until Thursday, April 10, by the Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company. Tickets costing for the children’s fable cost £9 each or £32 for a family of four can be bought by calling the box office on 01642-525199 or box.office@arconline.co.uk.

School leavers need to be fit for work, council told

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlehaven in Middlesbrough

6:29pm Thursday 27th March 2014

STUDENTS could work shift patterns and tender for contracts as part of their courses in a bid to make a town’s apprentices more attractive to employers.

Kew Gardens could help grow Stewart Park in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: JANUARY 15

5:48pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

ROYAL Botanic Gardens Kew could help Stewart Park in Middlesbrough create its own wildflower habitat.

Lipreading class saved at Middlesbrough Deaf Centre

Darlington and Stockton Times: Lipreading class saved at Middlesbrough Deaf Centre

5:03pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A lipreading class at the Middlesbrough Deaf Centre has been saved from closure after Public Health funding was secured to keep it running for free.

Bullesye hits the target at Summerhill park in Hartlepool during Easter holidays

Darlington and Stockton Times: Free dog micro-chipping is taking place in Albert Park in Middlesbrough on Saturday, April 5, from 11am to 3pm.

12:59pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

Pond dipping, crafts, archery and indoor climbing is being held at Summerhill Country Park in Hartlepool during the Easter holidays.

Five Labour councillors deselected ahead of next year's elections

Darlington and Stockton Times: Deselected Middlesbrough labour councillor Pervaz Khan

2:31pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

THE Labour party has deselected five Middlesbrough councillors after undergoing an interview process with local activists.

Dog owners urged to get pets microchipped at free event in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dog microchipping

10:54am Sunday 23rd March 2014

DOG owners are invited to a free microchipping session at Middlesbrough’s Albert Park next month.

Grim report reveals extent of prostitution across Teesside

Darlington and Stockton Times: EXPLOITED: A prostitute on the streets of Middlesbrough

6:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

A DISTURBING report into the sex trade in Teesside, has revealed that prostitutes are gripped in a cycle of drugs and abuse.

Jaw bone of 35 tonne stranded whale to go on display in Redcar

Darlington and Stockton Times: Jaw bone of 35 tonne stranded whale to go on display in Redcar

6:15pm Thursday 20th March 2014

The LOWER jaw bone of a 45ft long male sperm whale,  beached at Redcar in 2011, is to be unveiled at a special ceremony at Zetland Lifeboat Museum next week.

Sobriety celebration in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlehaven in Middlesbrough

2:16pm Thursday 20th March 2014

RECOVERING addicts and alcoholics will be partying at Middlesbrough Town Hall to celebrate turning their lives around.

Middlesbrough residents offered help and support to claim correct benefits

Darlington and Stockton Times: From left, Jo McNally of the Middlesbrough Partnership with local residents Susanne Wood and Gerry Kay take part in the right to claim project at Hemlington Social Club.

4:41pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A WEEK-long pilot project to help people make sure they are claiming the correct benefits is taking place in Hemlington and Coulby Newham.

Middlesbrough Council appoints new chief executive

Darlington and Stockton Times: Boundary changes for Middlesbrough Council

6:12pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A NEW chief executive has been appointed at Middlesbrough Council.

Northern Dales Farmers' Markets come to Stewart Park in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: left to right are Nicky Morgan, Horticultural Advisor at Stewart Park, Nigel Davison, Market Manager from Northern Dales Farmers Markets, and Councillor Tom Mawston, Chairman of the Friends of Stewart Park group

4:20pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A DEAL has been struck to bring a popular award-winning farmers’ market to Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park.

Sir David Attenborough comes to Middlesbrough on Saturday to give Captain Cook treasure lecture

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sir David Attenborough to give talk in Middlesbrough about Captain cook treasure

12:32pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough will be recounting the story of a wooden carving from Easter Island collected by historic local explorer, Captain Cook, when the feted naturalist comes to Middlesbrough.

Council tax shake-up punishing poor people, MPs warn

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, described a privately run out of hours GP service in Cornwall as substandard

6:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

POOR people are being punished by a controversial shake-up of council tax, a committee of MPs warns today (Tuesday, March 11)

Decision expected soon on future of Grade I Listed Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Decision expected soon on future of Grade I Listed Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough

4:54pm Friday 7th March 2014

A TOWN’s only Grade I Listed building, described as the ‘jewel in its crown’ is on the brink of a £2m transformation paid for by luxury housing in its grounds to create a Wynyard-style estate.

Support for people living with cancer at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

12:21pm Friday 7th March 2014

Living with cancer will be discussed at an event being held at the Trinity Holistic Centre James Cook University Hospital.

One place left for a talented musician to sign up for 'Accompany' mentoring scheme

Darlington and Stockton Times: A place is still available for one young musician to secure a place on the 'Accompany' mentoring scheme involving people from Royal Northern Sinfonia (pictured)

2:04pm Thursday 6th March 2014

A FINAL place is available for a talented young musician aged between 15 and 25 to develop their skills through a mentoring scheme including players from the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Mayor hits out at protestors who threw eggs at him during heated council meeting

Darlington and Stockton Times: STRAIGHT TALKING: Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon

6:07pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

PLANS to permanently to close a busy road in Middlesbrough town centre has left the Mayor with egg on his face.

Anti-austerity protesters gathered as Middlesbrough's Mayor confirms spending cuts

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ray Mallon looking out onto Centre Square, Middlesbrough from the rooftop gallery of Mima art gallery with the Cleveland Centre on the far left of the picture

6:35pm Monday 3rd March 2014

PROTESTERS gathered outside Middlesbrough Town Hall to express their disappointment at the town council’s plans to cut nearly £15m from its budget.

Public meeting to discuss the redevelopment of Grade I listed Acklam Hall

Darlington and Stockton Times: EMPTY BUILDING: Acklam Hall, in Middlesbrough, is costing taxpayers thousands of pounds each year to secure

3:10pm Monday 3rd March 2014

A PUBLIC meeting to give residents the latest information on a project to secure the future of Middlesbrough’s only Grade 1 listed building takes place this week.

More than 100 vintage photos uncovered of Newport Bridge, Middlesbrough,

Darlington and Stockton Times: More than 100 vintage photos uncovered of Newport Bridge, Middlesbrough,

2:18pm Friday 28th February 2014

MORE than 100 historic photographs showing the building of Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough have been unearthed by researchers.

'Shipbuilders' houses of Hartlepool' extended talk

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hartlepool achieves a first with £2.2m student housing scheme

5:10pm Thursday 27th February 2014

The history of some of Hartlepool’s most interesting old houses can be delved into at a talk at Hartlepool’s Central Library next week.

Interim director of Mima art gallery in Middlesbrough announced

Darlington and Stockton Times: Interim director of Mima art gallery in Middlesbrough announced

4:44pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Mark Robinson has been appointed as interim director of Middlesbrough’s flagship modern art gallery, Mima.

Cash-strapped council could give £5.8m loan to turn empty buildings into new hotel

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ray Mallon looking out onto Centre Square, Middlesbrough from the rooftop gallery of Mima art gallery with the Cleveland Centre on the far left of the picture

6:00pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

A CASH-strapped council is poised to hand over a loan of almost £6m to create a new hotel in a last ditch attempt to bring empty town centre buildings back to life.

Northern Gas £100,000 pipe replacement work starts on Normanby Road, Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlehaven in Middlesbrough

4:16pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

AGEING metal gas mains on a stretch of road in Middlesbrough are being replaced with plastic pipes in a project costing £100,000.

Step back in time at Chic Vintique fair in Stockton

Darlington and Stockton Times: Step back in time at Chic Vintique fair in Stockton

3:07pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

CHIC Vintique is returning to Stockton’s Parish Gardens featuring about 40 stalls, live entertainment and a vintage tearoom.








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