Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

St. Mark's C of E Primary (including Nursery) will be closed on Friday 15 November 2019 for an ongoing environmental clean and is expected to re-open on Monday 18 November 2019.

Wednesday 20 January 2016

I took advantage of a clearer diary today to get to grips with Council paperwork and business in the office.

There was also a full meeting of the Council which discussed a variety of issues. On the agenda were items including community governance reviews, licensing policy, welfare reform and a chance for members of the public to have questions answered.

Tomorrow there is a special Cabinet meeting where we will be updated on the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan. Following the details of the Government’s 2015 Spending Review and Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement, there are even further funding challenges ahead for the Council.

The Council does, however, have a strong track record of prudent financial management and in delivering savings. This good work will continue as a planned and managed approach to the funding reductions is carried out.

On Friday I am set to attend a meeting of the Tees Valley Leaders and Mayors at Cavendish House in Teesdale. As we move closer to the establishment of a Tees Valley Combined Authority it is important to stay up to date on the latest developments.
Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family.

Football returns to the Riverside this Saturday as Middlesbrough take on Nottingham Forest. The game has taken on extra significance after Boro suffered a 1-0 reverse at Ashton Gate to relegation-threatened Bristol City.

With Derby facing an away trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley, it is a fantastic opportunity for Boro to take another step forward and open the gap between their automatic promotion slot and the playoffs.

Back to work on Monday morning and I will be meeting with Councillor Beall, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of the Council, as we hold our weekly update on the latest issues and review the Cabinet agenda.

On Tuesday morning I will be attending a couple of meetings concerning the Health and Wellbeing Board peer review. The Board exists with the aim of improving and protecting the health of all our residents but especially some of the Borough’s poorest residents to address inequalities.

Later in the day I will meet with Council officers to be updated on the Norton Park housing development scheme which is positively moving forward and will be a great site for the local community to live, work and play.