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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.


Wednesay 12 April

I travelled to London with the Council’s Chief Executive, Neil Schneider, and Deputy Chief Executive, Julie Danks, this morning as we gave a presentation to the judges of this year’s Municipal Journal (MJ) Achievement Awards. The Council is one of only six finalists shortlisted in the ‘Local Authority of the Year’ category, which is regarded by many as local government’s most prestigious honour.

To have got this far is an achievement in itself and it speaks volumes for the work of our dedicated staff and elected members. And when you consider the regular recognition we get at the APSE awards too it’s clear that we are still performing very well throughout this very challenging time.

On Thursday I am taking the opportunity to catch up on some important paperwork in the office.

I am on leave over the long Easter weekend and I’m looking forward to spending time with my family. I’m heading to the Riverside Stadium on Monday night as struggling Middlesbrough play Arsenal, who are on a pretty bad run themselves right now. Our chances of Premier League survival are looking bleaker by the week and unfortunately there are some tough fixtures still to come. Hopefully there’ll at least be a couple of good moments for the team between now and the end of the season – then we can get ready for whatever challenges await us next term.

Back to work on Tuesday and I will be meeting with representatives from various trade unions. These meetings are always helpful to keep clear channels of communication between organisations and to progress together on certain issues.

I’ll then be holding my regular catch-up meeting with the Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Jim Beall, and the Chief Executive, Neil Schneider. We use these meetings to discuss and review the latest developments that are emerging across Stockton Borough.

Finally, I would like to wish you and your families and friends a peaceful Easter weekend break. And let’s hope the weather stays as fine as it has been lately!