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February 2016

A busy week got under way today with a morning visit to the fantastic ‘Stories from the High Street’ workshop that was held in Stockton Central Library.

The workshops have been set up to encourage people to research the history of the Town Centre’s buildings as part of a joint Heritage Lottery Fund and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council funded conservation project.

Participants will uncover the buildings’ secrets up to the modern day before being showcased at a local history event to be held at Stockton Central Library on Wednesday 11 May.

The project takes place every Wednesday between 10.30am and 12pm and is completely free to attend so I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in local history.

Following this I met with senior Council officers to discuss the Home Zone project which relates to the thriving Vivo housing development on North Shore. The project involves a sustainable community of new homes within shared space community streets.

This evening will see full Council meet to consider the Medium Term Financial Plan. As mentioned in last week’s blog, we will need to make a series of very difficult decisions in the years ahead but we remain absolutely committed to making the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees a great place to live, work, play and invest.

On Thursday I will take the opportunity to tackle some Council paperwork in the office.

On Friday I am looking forward to attending the annual Mayor’s Ball which is taking place at Wynyard Hall.

The event will raise money for a variety of charities including the Butterwick Hospice, Daisy Chain and the North Air Ambulance Service through silent auctions, tombolas and raffles.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family.

Middlesbrough face a trip down to the capital to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. The stadium will hold bad memories for a few of the players after last season’s game which effectively condemned Boro to the play offs with a 4-3 reverse.

The game was full of controversy including penalties, a red card and the decision to send keeper Dimi Konstantopolous up to attack a corner which Fulham subsequently countered and allowed Ross McCormack to complete his hat-trick and win the game for the Cottagers.

Hopefully it will be a different story this time around.

Back to work on Monday and I will meet with Julie Danks, the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, to look over changes to welfare reform and how they might impact on the Borough’s residents.

Following this I will meet with Councillor Jim Beall, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of the Council, for our weekly catch up on a variety of issues.

On Tuesday afternoon I will attend the annual business event of the Stockton Strategic Partnership at Bede Sixth Form College in Billingham. The partnership brings together public, private and third sector organisations to work on key priorities and ambitions for the Borough.

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