Today I hosted my monthly meeting with the Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Jim Beall and Councillor David Harrington who represents Ingleby Barwick West Ward. It was a great opportunity to be updated on a range of developing issues in his ward.
During the afternoon I was able to set some time aside to catch up on important Council paperwork and prepare for forthcoming meetings.
Tomorrow I will attend a meeting of the Scrutiny Liaison Forum at Stockton Town Hall. The panel is made up of officers and members from the Council's Corporate Management Team, Cabinet and the Executive Scrutiny Committee. We will identify the forum’s priorities for 2019 and make recommendations that will be considered by the Executive Scrutiny Committee in due course.
On Friday I’ll attend the weekly Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group meeting at Cavendish House. I am thrilled to be attending the Mayor’s annual charity Civic Ball at Wynyard Hall on the evening. The event is always well supported, raising funds for charities chosen by the Mayor, Councillor Eileen Johnson. They are the Royal British Legion, Mary Thompson Fund and the Mayor’s Benevolent Fund.
Over the weekend I’m looking forward to spending time with my family. Middlesbrough face a difficult home tie against Leeds on Saturday who are sitting in the automatic promotion places. A derby match is always heated and difficult to predict but with a couple of good results over the last month I am hopeful the team can put on a great performance.
Next week will begin with a pre-agenda review for the upcoming Special Cabinet meeting on Thursday 21 February. This meeting of Cabinet will see members consider the Council’s 2019/20 budget and outline the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) position to 2022.
Preparations are well under way for the Great North CityGames which are moving to Stockton this September. On Tuesday I will join former Olympian and world record breaker Brendan Foster and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen on the High Street for a photo opportunity to mark its launch. As an athletics fan I can’t wait to welcome and watch world-class competitors going head-to-head on the High Street – it is a real coup for the Borough!