Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

St. Mark's C of E Primary (including Nursery) will be closed on Thursday 14th November 2019 for an environmental clean and expected to re-open on Friday 15th November 2019.

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Today I utilised a day in the diary that was clear of meetings to tackle some Council paperwork in the office.

Thursday brings a meeting about the Member Development Charter. The majority of local authorities are signed up to the charter, which aims to support the development of its elected councillors.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is committed to the Charter Plus, which is an optional higher level of development which reflects our aim of achieving the best standards of performance.

Following this, there is a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet in the Jim Cooke Conference Suite.

On the agenda is the annual audit of the Council’s accounts which has been conducted by external auditors Mazars LLP. The results have commended the Council for putting in place proper arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources.

I would like to thank everyone for their continued hard work despite the significant challenges we face in the current financial climate.

On Friday, I will be attending a meeting of the Children and Young People Board of the Local Government Association in London.

The Board seeks to promote a powerful strategic role for local government in achieving better outcomes for our children and young people in a range of fields including health, education, training and employment.

Over the weekend, I am looking forward to spending time with my family.

There’ll be no match to go to as Middlesbrough are playing away at Ashton Gate as they take on Bristol City. It’ll be important to get back to winning ways after a disappointing 2-1 reverse in the FA Cup at the hands of Burnley.

Back to work on Monday and I will be catching up on Council paperwork in the office.

On Tuesday I will be attending a meeting of the Townscape Heritage Initiative grant approval panel. The initiative works to repair heritage buildings in Stockton Town Centre and aims to bring empty space back into a variety of uses including retail, commerce or residential accommodation. The initiative is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund working in partnership with the Council and all involved are looking forward to continuing the good work being done.