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Wednesday 20 September

Tonight there will be a meeting of the full Council where we will look at a range of issues including Stockton-on-Tees’ Local Plan and will consider a number of motions and questions.

An excellent joint piece of work between Adult Social Care, Sports Development and Public Health has recently won a prestigious national award. At Council tonight the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Maurice Perry, will present the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) award to Councillor Jim Beall, Councillor Norma Wilburn and staff who run the Sporting-STEPs scheme – a sports programme for adults with disabilities and mental health conditions.

I will attend a business lunch at Stockton Riverside College tomorrow before attending a member’s policy seminar.

On Friday I am meeting with other Tees Valley Council Leaders.

Middlesbrough face a trip to the capital to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon. It was really pleasing to see the team fight back a few times to come out on top against QPR and hopefully the team are starting to build some proper momentum now as the season steps up. The fixtures are fast and furious at this time of year but fingers crossed for a great result against a promotion rival.

On Monday I will join the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, to review the items coming forward for the next Cabinet meeting on 12 October. After catching up with work in the office I will be attending a Stockton Youth Assembly meeting. The assembly provides a mechanism for young people aged 11 to 19 years to have their say and helps the Council work with young people to shape local services.

I will get an update on progress of the Norton Park development on Tuesday morning from housing regeneration officer, Joanne Parker.

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