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May 2020

Friday 29 May 2020

It has been another busy week for the Council as we continue to respond to the variety of challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. 

On Monday there was a virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams of the Education, Employment and Skills Partnership Board for the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) of which I am a member. 

Naturally much of our discussion centred on the impact of COVID-19 on our work and how we can best adapt to the situation to ensure we’re making good progress that benefits everyone who is involved with our programmes of support. 

On the afternoon I joined with the Tees Valley MPs, Leaders and Elected Mayor on a scheduled conference call with Cleveland Police’s Chief Constable, Richard Lewis. It is very useful to receive a weekly update on how the force are protecting our residents and ensuring social distancing measures are being adhered to at this sensitive time.

I then held a call with the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, and the Council’s Managing Director, Julie Danks, which are very regular meetings so we’re all briefed across the latest developments in our response to the crisis in terms of local service delivery.

On Wednesday and Thursday I took the welcome opportunity presented by some space in my diary to catch up on important paperwork that needed attending to.

Today I attended a meeting of TVCA’s Cabinet virtually using Microsoft Teams. The items on the agenda included an update on the work of the South Tees Development Corporation, the Tees Valley Mayor’s response to the COVID-19 situation, a response to the Government’s Free Ports consultation and an in-depth look at a transport investment prospectus.

Each Friday I am issuing a press release which details the latest developments in our response to the coronavirus crisis – you can follow them via our news pages.

My thoughts remain with everyone affected by COVID-19 during this tough time. Please stay up to date with the NHS page on coronavirus for official health information on how to stay healthy and active at home.

Stay safe and thank you to everyone for your support and hard work.