Friday 31 July 2020
It has been another busy week as the Council’s response to the pandemic progresses and lockdown measures continue to ease. My thoughts are with patients who have been shielding and from tomorrow will be able to enjoy a trip to the shops or go for a haircut for the first time in more than four months. Our members of the Borough who have had to shield from coronavirus have done magnificently well.
On Tuesday I met virtually with our Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, and Director of Adults and Health, Ann Workman, for a catch up focused on the Council’s response to Covid-19. Ann is filling in for our Managing Director, Julie Danks, who is enjoying some well-earned leave.
Later on Tuesday I had a ministerial webinar with Council Leaders and Chief Executives which was held by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Amongst the items for discussion were the reopening of schools and coronavirus test and tracing.
It was a busy day for me on Tuesday as I also met with the Council’s Assistant Director of Admin, Democratic and Electoral Services, Margaret Waggott. We discussed the proposals for recommendations to review ward boundaries within the Borough. We will of course keep you all updated as and when this develops further.
A busy day finished with joining the Tees Valley Armed Forces Forum for a meeting, which was changed to a virtual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I took advantage of a couple of rare quiet days in the diary on Wednesday and Thursday to catch up with emails.
This afternoon I have joined a North East Armed Forces Health Network meeting, which was held using Microsoft Teams.
I have also met virtually with our Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, and our Director of Adults and Health, Ann Workman, for a catch up.
I will be issuing my weekly press release update later today and this will be published on the Council news pages.