A £5.8M scheme to bring empty homes across Hartlepool back into use is also helping to create jobs.
So far, five building posts have been created by Hartlepool Borough Council which is working in partnership with Housing Hartlepool and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to target privately-owned properties that have been vacant for six months or more. Landlords with an empty property who are interested in getting involved in the scheme should call 01429-523288.

MEMORIAL WALLS: Special walls for people to celebrate or remember a special person, pet or event have been established at Billingham, Durham Road and Thornaby cemeteries in the Stockton area. A plaque made from naturally sourced Scottish Caithness stone can be placed on the walls. Prices start from £166. Call Stockton council’s Bereavement Serives Team on 01642-527341.