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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 12 December 2018

Today I will be hosting my monthly meeting with Deputy Leader Councillor Jim Beall and Councillor David Harrington, who represents Ingleby Barwick West Ward. It will be a good opportunity for Councillor Harrington to provide an update on any developing issues within his ward.

A confidential item is going to a meeting of the Cabinet and Council tonight on plans to repurpose and reshape our town centres. Changing retail habits are affecting town centres nationally, but Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council recognises the need for radical intervention if they are to thrive in the future. There are some very exciting plans that may come to fruition in the near future but they will be fully considered by Cabinet and Council first.

I will take time to prepare for the Cabinet meeting tomorrow night where members will receive a financial update and consider a report on the Medium Term Financial Plan. Members will also be asked to renew the Customer Service Excellence accreditation which has been used to support customer-focused service delivery and evaluate success. I will be presenting a report on a proactive approach in building community wealth which provides a framework for generating and spreading wealth within all of our communities.

On Friday I will meet with the Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group for our weekly catch-up at Cavendish House where we will discuss a number of issues that are developing across the region.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. I will also be keeping an eye on Middlesbrough’s game against QPR. Following some disappointing results this is a must-win game if they want to remain in the play-off places.

Next week will begin with a Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) 2019/20 budget briefing at Cavendish House. We will hear all recommendations for the year ahead, and discuss which areas require the most focus.

On Tuesday I will have my weekly catch-up with Martin Waters, the TVCA’s Head of Homes and Communities, to share any developing issues across the Borough. I will then attend a special briefing session where Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Chief Constable Mike Veale will share an update on the Cleveland Police Precept.