Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Wednesday 7 August 2019

Today I made the most of an opportunity to get ahead on some important upcoming paperwork in my office.

Tomorrow I’ll be joining representatives from Thirteen to visit various areas around Norton to be updated on any issues that are affecting residents.

I’m very much looking forward to heading to our new crematorium on Junction Road to be given a tour. It’s a state-of-the-art facility that has been much needed in Stockton-on-Tees, and it’ll greatly serve our residents for many years to come.

On Friday I’ll again be maximising the chance to tackle some Council business in my office at Municipal Buildings.

Over the weekend I’m looking forward to spending time with my family.

Championship football returns to the Riverside on Saturday as Middlesbrough play their first home game of the season against Brentford. The visitors have a reputation for playing flowing football and it looks like Boro are aiming for a similar style under Jonathan Woodgate, so I’m hopeful of an exciting game and three points.

Back to work on Monday and the main focus of my day will be a Local Enterprise Partnership board briefing at Cavendish House. It’ll be attended by representatives from the Tees Valley Combined Authority as well as all regional local authorities.

On Tuesday the Council’s Assistant Director of Administration, Democratic and Electoral Services, Margaret Waggott, will join me to provide an update on the latest developments from her directorate. The council is currently undertaking its annual electoral canvass. The canvass keeps our records up to date of registered people living at each address and it’s a legal requirement for residents to reply so please keep an eye out for the letter dropping through your door.

Following this I’ll receive my monthly briefing from officers on the Targeted Action Area work that is improving standards in certain locations across the Borough. A lot of hard work and effort is going into this campaign so I’d like to thank everyone who is giving their time to make it happen.

My final meeting of the day will see Linda Tuttiett, Head of Culture and Tourism at the Tees Valley Combined Authority, head to Municipal Buildings to see myself and Julie Danks. We’ll be discussing some major culture projects in the Stockton area and the region’s emerging Culture Strategy with plenty of exciting things to look forward to in the pipeline.