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Each week Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton Council, writes a blog keeping you in touch with the very latest news.

Wednesday 26 June 2019

This afternoon I will be meeting with Beccy Brown, the Council’s Director of HR, Legal and Communications before I attend the Central Area Transport Strategy meeting. There are four Locality Forums across the Borough and each are in the process of thinking about transport improvements in their areas. At the meeting we will consider all suggestions for improvements to the highway network and will discuss how best to seek views from all local stakeholders and residents before a final list is proposed.

I will start tomorrow with my regular update meeting with the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall and Julie Danks, the Council’s Interim Managing Director. Straight after this Julie and I will meet with Mark Edgell, the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Principal Adviser for the North East.

Next week I will be travelling to Bournemouth to attend the LGA’s Annual Conference. With sessions scheduled on a wide variety of topics from sustainable funding, to social care, housing and homelessness there’s always lots to learn and it is a valuable way to see how colleagues across the country are using innovation and best practice to improve services for residents and business.

Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day with plenty of activity on Stockton High Street to celebrate the work of military personnel at home and abroad.  As Armed Forces Champion I will be joining other representatives from the Council to show support for our serving and retired military personnel.

Later that afternoon I will attend Cabinet followed by a meeting of full Council where we will consider proposals to commit additional funding to complete the restoration of the Globe.

Friday morning will see me attend a Pre-Cabinet Meeting with the Tees Valley Mayor and the other local authority leaders before the Tees Valley Combined Authority AGM and Cabinet.

On Friday afternoon I will meet with Garry Cummings, the Council’s Director of Finance and Business Services and the Chair and Vice Chair of the People Select Committee, Councillors Jean O’Donnell and Mohammed Javed to discuss the draft scope for two upcoming Scrutiny Reviews which the committee will soon begin work on.