Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

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Friday 10 January 2020

I’d like to start this edition of the blog with my very best wishes to you all for a healthy and happy 2020.

After an enjoyable festive break, it was back to work on Monday where I met early on with the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, to look ahead to important Council business that will be completed in the coming weeks and months.

Following on from this, we both met together with the Council’s Managing Director, Julie Danks, to further these discussions and consider specific items working their way to Cabinet and Council shortly.

In the afternoon I joined Julie for a visit to CF Fertilisers who are based in Billingham. They employ around 190 people at their integrated production and storage facility which manufactures chemicals, utilities and ammonium nitrate fertiliser primarily for the British farming industry.

I took the opportunity to carry on with catching up on important Council business in my office on Tuesday before attending a Member Briefing to consider the latest developments on the Council Plan and the authority’s future visual identity. It’s a crucial aspect of how we communicate to residents about the delivery of our services so it’s important to get it right.

I joined Chris Renahan, Economic Growth Manager, on a visit to Erimus Insurance at Bowesfield Park in Stockton on Wednesday. It was a great opportunity to visit their new headquarters to hear about their experience of doing business in the Borough and to see how we may be able to offer our support to help the company continue their growth.

On Thursday morning I met with Steve Rose, Chief Executive of Catalyst, to catch up on the latest developments from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in our area. It’s always useful to meet with Steve to learn about the current projects Catalyst are working on and it was exciting to consider how we can work together in 2020.

Later in the day there was a Forward Plan briefing meeting in the Jim Cooke Conference Suite in Stockton Central Library. The Forward Plan contains all of the decisions which are expected to be made by the Council through its Cabinet Members, as well as key decisions to be taken by officers, in the coming four months.

This afternoon I will be attending a conference in the Jim Cooke Conference Suite where the Environment Agency are going to give more detail on a permit application they have received from Augean North Limited to accept low-level radioactive wastes for disposal at a landfill site in Port Clarence. Residents are being asked for their views in a consultation which has been extended until the end of the month, you can read the company’s proposal and have your say by following this link: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/north-east/port-clarence-landfill-permit-application/

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. Middlesbrough welcome Derby County to the Riverside after a very successful festive period – which I am not sure too many of us saw coming! Fingers crossed we can continue this momentum and push further up the league table.