Middlesbrough Council is set to be provided with £13.4m in support from the government as Mayor Chris Cooke says it will allow for 'breathing space to put plan into action';

Emergency services were called to a fire at a property in Grangetown yesterday morning;

...and a dispersal order has been put in place in Netherfields after reports of antisocial behaviour.

 

Middlesbrough Council is set to be provided with £13.4m in support from the government as Mayor Chris Cooke says it will allow for 'breathing space to put plan into action'.

The cash-strapped council applied for exceptional financial support through the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in January in an attempt to plug a £4.7m budget gap.

Middlesbrough Council is one of 19 local authorities to receive the support to manage financial pressures. It means, the council will have permission to borrow money to fund day-to-day spending in 2024/25 only in a way not usually permitted.

It allows the council to cover the shortfall while it introduces plans to transform services and lower costs, which will be vital to address a further budget gap of £7.95m in the period to 2026/27.

 

Emergency services were called to a fire at a property in Grangetown yesterday morning.

Four fire appliances from Grangetown, Middlesbrough and Redcar attended the blaze at a former pub on Birchington Avenue after receiving reports of a fire just after 20 past five yesterday morning.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus, two hose reels and positive pressure ventilation in order to extinguish the fire.

It's understood there was around 10 percent fire and smoke damage to the building, and crews left the scene just after 7am.

 

A dispersal order has been put in place in Netherfields after reports of antisocial behaviour.

The 48-hour dispersal order will be in place for 48 hours around the area of Vaughan Shops until 4pm on Saturday.

It has been put in place following an increase in reports of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage around the shops.

Youngsters causing trouble in the area can be directed to leave the area by a police officer, and they must not return within 48 hours.

Anyone who fails to comply will be arrested.

The order covers any public area bounded by Fulbeck Road, Sedgebrook Gardens, Stapleford Road, Midville Walk, Burwell Road, Althorpe Close and Cargo Fleet Lane.


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