Friday 24 January 2020
Monday morning saw me join the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall in the first in a series of meetings with the political group leaders which took place throughout the week.
Following this Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Managing Director, Julie Danks joined Councillor Beall and I for our regular catch up about emerging issues both within the authority and across the Borough.
In the afternoon I joined leaders from across the region for the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership briefing and informal cabinet. We discussed a range of issues including the Tees Valley Combined Authority Investment Plan, transport and innovation.
I travelled to South Shields on Tuesday morning to attend one the North East Procurement Organisation’s (NEPO) sub committees. NEPO sees the twelve North East Local Authorities work together to secure quality services and goods which are good value. During the meeting we looked closely at the performance of the organisation as well as individual topics facing the region such as fuel poverty.
I caught up with office work on Wednesday before attending the regular Corporate Management Team and Cabinet meeting where members and officers come together to catch up on major projects as well as discuss developments within the authority and across the Borough.
Yesterday I joined Dale Rowbotham, the Council’s Community Transport Service Manager and Rebecca Gray, Carers Service Manager to meet with members of Stockton Carers Peer Support Group. Following a recent meeting with the support group I was keen to discuss questions they have raised with me about transport provision for adults using our day services.
The formal meeting of Cabinet took place in the afternoon. There was a busy agenda as it’s the time of year when scrutiny reports are considered and there were a number of them to look at. We also considered a report on proposals on how best to mark the bi-centenary of the first passenger journey on the Darlington to Stockton railway.
Last night I was pleased to attend an event hosted by Brigadier Oliver Brown, Commander 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North East. Brigadier Brown oversees The Yorkshire Regiment Battalions based at Catterick and York. Stockton-on-Tees Borough has a close working relationship with the Regiment so it was a good opportunity to continue this relationship and hear about their successes and challenges.