Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Wednesday 13 February 2019

This morning I took part in a promotional video to be aired at the Stockton Strategic Partnership annual event taking place on Tuesday 12 March. As Chair, I was asked to give a short introduction, highlighting the achievements of our locality forums over the past year. The four forums across Stockton-on-Tees give representatives from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors the chance to come together to find ways of supporting and protecting the most vulnerable people in our community.

Later today I will attend a meeting of the Ropner Trust which awards educational grants to those aged 25 and under who live, or whose parents live, in Stockton-on-Tees. I really enjoy these meetings as it is a chance to hear about how the charity helps young people achieve their ambitions.

Tomorrow I’ll join a panel that will decide the winners of this year’s Mayor’s Civic Awards. I always enjoy going through the nominations to be reminded of the selfless work done to help other residents and our local communities by local people, organisations and businesses. It is important to honour those who make a real difference.

A meeting of the Council’s Cabinet will be held tomorrow night with a very busy agenda. I will present a report on the outcomes of the People Select Committee’s review of under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in the Council’s workforce. Members will discuss the Adult Social Care and Health Select Committee’s review of Temporary Accommodation for Homeless Households. This is an important issue to tackle for all local authorities, so we are dedicated to developing the options available for those who are at most risk of being homeless. We will also review the Children and Young People Strategy 2019-23, and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-23.

On Friday I’ll attend the weekly meeting of the Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group where we will provide an update on a series of developing issues in our areas.

Over the weekend I’m looking forward to spending time with my family. After a last minute goal cost Middlesbrough the win last weekend, I am hoping they come away with a good result when they travel to Blackburn on Sunday. It is vital the team pick up some points to remain in the play-off places.

Next week will begin with an update meeting in the company of Councillor Jim Beall, the Council’s Deputy Leader, to discuss a number of emerging issues across the Borough.

On Tuesday morning I have my monthly briefing meeting regarding the ongoing Targeted Action Area initiative. It’s brilliant to see agencies working together to tackle issues associated with poor property management in Central Stockton and North Thornaby. I’ll then meet Andrew Corcoran, the Council’s Highways Transport and Environment Manager, who will provide an update on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

During the afternoon I will travel to the LiveWell Dementia Hub for the Young People’s Poster Competition Award Ceremony. We will also use this opportunity to celebrate the hub’s nomination at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 in the Team of the Year category. It is important to honour their work which makes a positive and lasting difference to peoples’ lives.