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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Leader's blog


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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Today and tomorrow I will be making the most of the opportunity to catch up on various projects and paperwork in my office.

On Friday I will be travelling over to Cavendish House in Teesdale for a meeting with my fellow Council Leaders from across the Tees Valley. It’ll be a good chance for us to catch up on the latest development of the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s work and our plans for the near future.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. The football season got underway last weekend and, although Boro suffered a 1-0 defeat to Wolves at Molineux, I am very much looking forward to getting back to the Riverside on Saturday. Middlesbrough take on newly promoted Sheffield United in front of the TV cameras and I’m sure there’ll be a great atmosphere as Garry Monk seeks his first victory as Boro boss.

I’ll also be visiting the amazing Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance which is taking place between Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 August. Each year, Billingham is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour and becomes a meeting place for world cultures through dance, music, costumes and crafts. There’ll be over 300 incredible international performers from countries all over the world visiting Billingham so I would really encourage everyone to pay this festival a visit as it is not one to be missed. Visit for the full programme of events.

Back to work on Monday and I will be again utilising the opportunity to progress on various projects in my office.

On Tuesday I will be meeting with Margaret Waggott, the Council’s Assistant Director of Administration, Democratic and Electoral Services, to review and discuss a number of recent developments especially in light of the high number of elections we have experienced in recent months.