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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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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 29 August 2018

I will be spending most of today and tomorrow completing important Council paperwork and preparing for numerous meetings on Friday. I will join the Council’s Chief Executive Neil Schneider for a catch-up with Alex Cunningham MP, before attending the weekly meeting of the Tees Valley Leaders Group at Cavendish House where we will discuss a number of issues that are developing across our areas. I will then attend a meeting of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) where we will receive an update from Linda Tuttiett, Head of Culture and Tourism at the TVCA. We will also be given an update on the diversity review which is looking at the membership of the Cabinet and Statutory Committees. This piece of work is being led by Sarah Brackenborough, Governance Manager at TVCA.  

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. I will also be keeping an eye on Friday’s clash between Middlesbrough and Leeds, as a win would see Middlesbrough start to pull away at the top of the table.

On Monday I will join Margaret Waggott, the Council’s Assistant Director of Administration, Democratic and Electoral Services, for a meeting with Tim Gilling, a Director of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), for a scrutiny review meeting. He has experience of working with councils and health bodies around service reconfiguration issues, and in strengthening relationships between health bodies and council scrutiny. 

I am then undergoing surgery on my knee on Tuesday. I’ll be taking some time to recover properly before returning to work on Monday, October 15.