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April 2018

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Today I’ve been visiting numerous day centres and services with Ann Workman, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Director of Adults and Health. We will visit the Rosedale Centre, Allensway Learning Disability Resource Day Centre, Lanark Close, Halcyon Centre and LiveWell Dementia Hub. There’s some truly outstanding work going on in each of these facilities and I’m delighted to be meeting the staff involved to learn more about their roles and pass on my appreciation.

Tomorrow presents a busy day which will begin with a Tees Valley Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting at Cavendish House in Teesdale. I will then meet with Michael Robson, head of North Shore Academy. He was appointed last year and it will be good to see how the school is doing.

In the evening I am thrilled to be attending the final of the North East Business Awards which recognise the most innovative businesses in the region. It is important to celebrate success, and to remind us that our region is a great place to live, work and do business.

On Friday morning I will meet with representatives from the Army Families Federation who offer support in order to improve the quality of life for affected families. I will then finish the week with a meeting of the Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group, where we will review a series of recent developments affecting all of our areas.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family and hope the spring-like weather holds out.

I expect Middlesbrough’s clash with Millwall on Saturday will make for a very difficult watch at the Riverside. However, following recent victories against Bristol City and Derby County, I believe we will make the all-important play-offs.

On Monday I’ll be meeting with the Council’s Chief Executive, Neil Schneider, and Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, to discuss any emerging issues from across the Borough and to review the agenda for the upcoming Cabinet meeting.

I will spend Tuesday morning with Richard McGuckin, Director of Economic Growth and Development, for a briefing update, before catching-up with Martin Waters, the Tees Valley Combined Authority's Head of Homes and Communities.

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