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June 2015

Today I am looking forward to catching up with some Council paperwork in the office.

Thursday is a busy day and gets underway with a meeting of the Tees Valley Leaders and Mayors at Cavendish House in Teesdale. These regular meetings are very beneficial for us all to discuss Tess Valley-wide issues and enables us to stay connected and work together for the good of the sub-region.

I am then attending the installation of the brand new REFOCUS artwork, a stunning piece of work, depicting a lit match which links back to the significance of Stockton man John Walker’s invention of the friction match. Created by local artist Sarah Pickering, the large scale effort is over 38 metres wide and will take pride of place on the prominent riverside location of Stockton’s Castlegate shopping centre.

From there I will take a walk to attend the open air service taking place to mark Armed Forces Day. We all owe a great debt of gratitude to servicemen and women, both past and present. I would hope that everyone pays a visit to Stockton Town Centre to show their support for our forces.

The main event of the day will be the Armed Forces Parade, which will focus on our adopted regiment – the 1 Close Support Battalion REME – as they are presented with their Freedom of the Borough scroll prior to their march. It promises to be a moving spectacle.

Thursday will be rounded off by the first meeting of the Council’s Cabinet which is settling back into work following the elections last month.

On Friday I will meet with Julie Nixon, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Head of Housing and Community Protection, to discuss the latest updates to welfare reform which will have an effect on many people across the Borough.

Over the weekend, I am looking forward to relaxing with my family and grandchildren.

Back to work on Monday and I am going to meet Jane Humphreys, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Corporate Director of Children, Education and Social Care, to be updated on the latest developments concerning some of the troubled families programme in our area.

After this, I’ll have my weekly meeting with Neil Schneider, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Chief Executive, and Jim Beall, Deputy Leader of the Council, as we review the agenda for the next Cabinet meeting.

On Tuesday I will travel to Harrogate for the beginning of the Local Government Association’s Annual Conference where I am looking forward to meeting with colleagues from across the country.

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