Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Thursday 3 January 2019

This morning I returned to the office after enjoying the festive period with my family and friends. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you a happy and healthy 2019. I would also like to praise the commitment of all colleagues who continued to provide round-the-clock vital services for the residents of Stockton-on-Tees over the festive period.  

Today I held my scheduled catch-up with Martin Waters, the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Head of Homes and Communities, to be updated on a number of developing issues across the Borough. I then attended a briefing regarding the Targeted Action Area initiative which will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday 24 January. It is all about agencies working together to tackle issues associated with poor property management and support communities in Central Stockton and North Thornaby.

I will meet with the Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group tomorrow for our weekly catch-up at Cavendish House where we will discuss a series of emerging topics from across the region. I will then join the Council’s Chief Executive Neil Schneider for a regular update meeting with Alex Cunningham MP.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. Following some mixed results over the festive period, I am hoping Middlesbrough can secure a win in their FA Cup third round game against League One side Peterborough on Saturday and keep progressing throughout the competition.

On Monday I will begin the day by meeting Neil Schneider and the Deputy Leader Councillor Jim Beall for an update meeting where we will discuss a number of issues that will be on the Council’s agenda in 2019. We will then join Margaret Waggott, Assistant Director of Administration, Democratic and Electoral Services, to review the agenda for the upcoming Cabinet meeting.

I will meet Martin Waters for another catch-up meeting as our usual Tuesday morning slot resumes.