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 6 January 2016

Firstly I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2016 as we return to work and look ahead to the challenges and opportunities before us.

My return to Council business was largely spent tackling paperwork in the office before attending a few meetings.

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

The FA Cup returns this weekend as Middlesbrough take on fellow Championship side Burnley in the third round.

The past month has been an unbridled success for Aitor Karanka and his side, who have now gone eight games unbeaten in the league. The 2-0 defeat of Derby County last weekend lifted Boro to an even healthier lead at the summit of the Championship table – long may it continue.

Back to work on Monday for a day filled with meetings. Firstly I will meet with Richard McGuckin, Director of Economic Growth and Development, and Paul Dobson, who is leading the Transformation Team as the Council adopts its new structure.

The changes will help the Council make the savings it needs to in the coming years.

Following this, I will have my regular Monday meeting with Councillor Jim Beall, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of the Council as we look ahead and prepare for a range of issues that will come before the organisation in the next few months.

I will then head to a meeting at Bridge House in Stockton which is a facility which works closely with homeless people to help and support them as they get ready for independent living.

Finally on Monday there is a pre-agenda meeting of the Cabinet as we are updated on the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan.

On Tuesday I will meet with representatives from trade unions as we discuss various issues as we prepare for the year ahead.