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Bolt Breakage Forces Transporter Bridge Closure

The Tees Transporter Bridge is currently closed due to a mechanical issue. Engineers took the decision to halt operations after one of the bolts that hold the structure’s restraining anchor ropes sheared off. A specialist engineering firm has inspected the damage and is expected to report on a proposed solution shortly. It is expected the necessary repair will take at least two weeks to complete. Bridge Supervisor John Ivison said: “The Transporter is over 100 years old now, ....


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Future Of Business And Leisure Centre Under Review

The future of a Middlesbrough leisure and business centre will be considered at a meeting of an influential Council committee next week (March 22). Members of the Executive Sub Committee for Property will consider a recommendation to wind down the Southlands Centre’ business operations over the next sixth months. Further work will then be carried out to find a new use for the site with a further report to the committee due in September. In the meantime the Council will continue to ....


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Louie Aims To Take Fork To Top Table

The new head chef of The Fork in the Road says he’s determined to help make the charity-led Middlesbrough eaterie “the best restaurant on Teesside”.     Award-winning chef Louie Miller will also be responsible for transforming Teessiders who’ve been long-term unemployed into a new generation of talented chefs. Backed by local charity CEO Sleepout, ....


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Saltburn Gets The Yoga Bug

An inspirational time working in a Thailand school sparked an idea that is set to see a group of Saltburn children enjoying Yoga on upcoming Saturday mornings. Saltburn-based Laura Eyeington enjoyed using Yoga while teaching children in Thailand so much, that she’s now teamed up with national experts YogaBugs to set up a new Saturday morning class for local youngsters to enjoy. And, ....


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Sale To Serve Up Improved Tennis Facilities

  A major new investment is set to improve tennis facilities in Middlesbrough. Under proposals to be considered next week, land comprising disused clay courts at the independently owned Tennis World could be sold off to enhance and improve the site. The move would see the disposal of just under one hectare of the Marton Road facility for possible housing development. The sale would then pave the way for investment of around £200,000 in a series of improvements ....


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Orange Pip Brings £1m Business Boom To Middlesbrough

  Middlesbrough’s Orange Pip Market has led to a town centre “business boom” worth an estimated £1m to the local economy, according to a new report. A review of the monthly artisan food market’s performance in 2016 highlights how 40,000 people were recorded as visiting Baker and Bedford Street across the seven market days from June to November. Local ....


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Residents Invited To Flood Scheme Drop-ins

  Residents in an area of Middlesbrough are being asked for their views on a potential future flood scheme. The Environment Agency wants to improve the protection to properties from flooding from Marton West beck. Representatives from the Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water and Middlesbrough Council will be available to speak to residents during drop-ins this month. Environment Agency Project Manager Ted Thomas said: “We want to know more about flooding in the area and ....


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New Restaurant Offers A Fork In The Road For Ex-offenders

A unique Middlesbrough restaurant opened its doors on Christmas Eve on the site of the old Romer Parrish toy shop. Serving great classic British dishes, it will create training and employment opportunities for ex-offenders, recovering addicts and the long term unemployed. This not for profit social enterprise is being funded by charity CEO Sleepout and Public Health England. New high-end ....


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Network Rail To Begin Middlesbrough Station Repairs In The Spring

Network Rail has confirmed that the long-awaited £2.7million refurbishment of Middlesbrough station will begin in the spring next year. A contractor has now been appointed and is working on a programme that will see the station roof and stonework repaired in a 13-month project. Passengers travelling from Middlesbrough this festive period are also being reminded that Wood Street car ....


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Help At Hand To Tackle Homelessness And Hardship

Warmth, cheer and support will be on offer to those suffering homelessness and hardship in Middlesbrough at a special event later this month. And members of the local community are once again being asked to do their bit to help those who have fallen on hard times. In Out of the Cold is this year hosted by The Salvation Army in Southfield Road on Tuesday, December 20 from 1pm to 3pm. The annual event has been going since 2010, and is coordinated by Middlesbrough Council but is also made ....


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Public’s Views Sought On Middlesbrough’s Local Plan

Local residents and key stakeholders are being asked for their views on a key document that will shape the way Middlesbrough develops. The town’s Local Plan is important for supporting new development, and covers a number of key areas such as housing, economic growth, the town centre and the historic environment.   The up-to-date Housing Local Plan was adopted in 2014. However, the remaining parts of the plan are older and no longer fully reflect the economic challenges ....


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Swift-tees Stewart Park Defibrillator Appeal

Tomorrow, Swift-tees are taking over Stewart parkrun for the morning. The popular Hemlington based community running group will be taking on all the roles from Race Director, Timer, Scanning Tokens as well as marshals around the course as well as Pacers for people to follow to different target times. They will be all dressed up in medical gowns and masks. They do have an ulterior motive, it is ....


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Middlesbrough City Heart Of Teesside

The transformation of Middlesbrough is set out in a new strategy that will further enhance the town’s role as the city heart of the Tees Valley. Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd and Interim Chief Executive Tony Parkinson this week unveil the town’s first ever Investment Prospectus, with a clear focus on regeneration, enterprise and job creation. The strategy aims to attract inward ....


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Middlesbrough Awarded White Ribbon Status

Middlesbrough’s work to tackle domestic abuse and violence towards women has been recognised with a national award. The award, given to Middlesbrough Council by White Ribbon UK, was bestowed for the town’s ongoing campaign to take a stand against and raise awareness of the issue. In gaining the status, Middlesbrough has joined a group of local authorities across the UK that have been recognised for addressing and attempting to alter social norms that can lead to violence. The ....


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Saltburn Farmers’ Market Gets Set For Christmas

Local food fans have a tasty treat coming up, when Saltburn’s Christmas Farmers’ Market rounds off a busy year with a festive special on Saturday 10 December. More than 40 stalls will be bringing good local food, art and crafts right to heart of the popular monthly market, with the South Bank Brass Band adding to the Saturday morning buzz around the seaside town. And shoppers can ....


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Cook Birthplace Museum CafÉ Closes

The café at Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum has closed. Nana Tom’s Café was a popular feature of the Stewart Park visitor attraction for many years. However the current tenant informed the Council that he intended to wind the facility up for business reasons. The café was due to be closed during the forthcoming refurbishment works which will be undertaken during the museum’s annual winter closure period. The Birthplace ....


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Mega Lungs Exhibit To Help Raise Cancer Awareness

A pair of giant inflatable lungs will form the centrepiece of a two-day lung cancer awareness raising event. The Mega Lungs exhibit, which measures 12ft high by 15ft wide and 10ft long, allows visitors to step inside the human lung model, learn about the various structures and normal lung functions and observe examples of lung trauma and disease. Two events have been organised, the first at Middlesbrough’s Dundas shopping centre on Thursday, November 10, and Tesco in Grangetown on ....


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Taking The Transporter Challenge For Children In Need

Cameras will be trained on the Tees Transporter Bridge next week for a special charity bungee plunge. Three Blue Peter presenters will each be taking the challenge from the top of the Tees icon in aid of this year’s Children In Need appeal. The jumps will be overseen by the UK Bungee Club who have operated at the bridge since 2005. Following their leap of faith the three presenters will board a rowing boat from Tees Rowing Club to row from a pontoon at Teesside Nautical Studies to ....


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Get Your Skates On For Halloween In The Park

Zombies will be taking over a popular Middlesbrough park later this month from some fund-raising Halloween fun. The Zombie 4K Skate takes place at Albert Park on Saturday, October 29 in support of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice. And would-be skaters are being reminded they need to book in advance – it’s strictly first come, first served. Halloween costumes will be the order of the day for this new event for 2016 which will begin with a warm-up on the roller rink. ....


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Student Village Plan For Town Centre Regeneration Area

Proposals for a new Student Village at the heart of a key Middlesbrough area will be considered next week. The development will mark the next major phase in the regeneration of Gresham and proposes a high quality private student accommodation development adjacent to the Teesside University Campus. The proposed Student Village – bounded by Borough Road and Linthorpe Road – ....


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Food In The Bank!

Visitors to Saltburn Farmers’ Market this Saturday can help make sure that no local people have to face going hungry this autumn, with the popular monthly market teaming up with Redcar Area Foodbank to raise much needed funds for the next three months. Shoppers at the Market this Saturday (8 October), and then again on 12 November and 10 December, have a chance to win one of three market ....


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Middlesbrough Bar ‘piejacked’ In Local Food Campaign

A campaign to promote the use of locally produced food has resulted in a popular music bar being “piejacked”. Middlesbrough Local Food Weekend taking place this weekend (September 9-11) invites restaurants, cafes and other food outlets in the town to highlight their use of locally produced food. It’s the second event of its kind and the latest food outlet to sign up is ....


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Local Food Tops Saltburn Menu

  Good local food grabs its rightful place at the top of the menu, when Saltburn Farmers’ Market returns after a mini-summer break with a brand new season on Saturday 10 September. And shoppers are in for a tasty seaside treat, with three market hampers up for grabs in a prize raffle on the day. Organised by the same team behind Saltburn Food Festival, the popular monthly Market ....


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Bus Operator Ageing Better Community Boost

Stagecoach North East is working in partnership with Ageing Better Middlesbrough (ABM) to launch an initiative which aims to help reduce loneliness and social isolation for older people in Middlesbrough. The local bus operator has joined forces with the Big Lottery Funded programme, led by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, in a campaign to build people’s confidence to get them out and ....


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Charging Introduced At Bus Station Toilets

Charges, aimed at deterring vandalism and anti-social behaviour, come into effect at the toilets at Middlesbrough Bus Station next week. Users will be required to pay 20p to use the facilities on the main concourse at one of the region’s busiest transport hubs from Monday, August 15. The turnstiles are now in place but will be kept open and payment will not be required until then. ....


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