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February 2019

Today we have a special full Council meeting to consider the Medium Term Financial Plan and the Council Plan for 2019-22. Following this, we have another full Council meeting with a packed agenda that will cover a wide range of topics including our Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-23 and Children and Young People Strategy 2019-23.

I’ll be maximising some time in the office in the coming days to catch up on some important paperwork ahead of a busy schedule in the weeks to follow.

This weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. I’ll be keeping a close eye on the football scores as Middlesbrough head across the Pennines to take on Wigan at the DW Stadium.

The team have picked up some valuable results recently and seem to be gathering some momentum – we need to continue the positivity with a good result on Saturday to keep the pressure on the league leaders.

On Tuesday morning I will meet with Richard McGuckin, the Council’s Director of Economic Growth and Development, Chris Renahan, Economic Growth Manager, and Joanne Fryett, Business Relationship Specialist, for a briefing on the latest developments within their service.

Steve Rose, Chief Executive of Catalyst, will then come across to Municipal Buildings to meet with me. Catalyst are a huge part of Stockton-on-Tees’ voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector so it’ll be useful to catch up with Steve to learn about everything that is going on across the Borough.

I’ll then be joining with the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, to meet Neil Schneider, the council’s Chief Executive, for our weekly meeting to consider everything that is coming up on our agenda during what is a very busy period.

A packed day will continue as the governors convene at Billingham South Community Primary School to discuss school business. I’ll then make my way over to ARC in Stockton for a meeting of full Council in the evening. It will be a fantastic occasion as we celebrate a number of awards for very deserving people and groups. Customer service awards and long service awards will all be presented before the Mayor’s Civic Awards are given out. It is always great to recognise some of council’s longest serving staff members, those who provide exceptional customer service and the incredible and passionate work that so many people selflessly do for the benefit of their local community.

My sincere congratulations and thanks go to all of our award winners.

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