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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

February 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The bad weather has resulted in a number of cancellations and postponements in my diary today, and for the remainder of this week. There’s been a huge effort from our staff to help keep disruption to a minimum and that will continue for as long as necessary. I’d like to thank everyone involved in this great work to help keep the Borough moving.

I’m opening the new Watson Woodhouse Solicitors premises on Stockton High Street on Monday afternoon. The firm has a particular focus on supporting vulnerable people and is also going to be providing a meeting space that community and support groups can use for free. It’s another great example of the different kinds of businesses that are moving in to Stockton town centre and I wish them well.

On Tuesday morning I’ve got a briefing with our Director of Economic Growth and Development, Richard McGuckin, before my catch-up with Head of Homes and Communities at the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Martin Waters.

In the afternoon I’m going to a Transport for the North briefing on its draft Strategic Transport Plan consultation. The 30-year plan outlines how transport connections across the north of England need to be transformed by 2050 to drive growth and close the economic gap between the North and the rest of England. However, like any plan, it will only be effective if backed with significant Government funding.

As always I’ll be keeping a keen eye on Middlesbrough’s fixtures, which are coming thick and fast. A tricky home clash with Leeds United will be followed by a trip to Birmingham City, who are fighting relegation. Neither match will be easy, with the top six still proving elusive, though we have closed the gap to two points in the last few days.