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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Wednesday 24 July 2019

This morning I joined Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall for our regular catch up with the Council’s Interim Managing Director, Julie Danks. Our early meetings always provide a good opportunity to review Council business for the week ahead.

Straight after that I met with Hartlepool Council’s Chief Executive, Gill Alexander in the first of two meetings this week in my role as TVCA’s Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills.

In the afternoon I will be going to meet the young people who sit on The Big Committee panel. It’s really important young people in our Borough have their say on the issues that matter to them and I am sure it will be an interesting and lively meeting.

That will be followed by a meeting of full Council where among the reports we will consider a progress update on our commitments to the armed forces community.

Tomorrow I will be attending an early morning meeting at Durham Tees Valley Airport. The Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Lynn Hall, Julie Danks and I will then host the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon on a tour of the Borough starting at Preston Park Museum and Grounds. She is always very supportive of the work we do so it’ll be a pleasure to highlight some of the flourishing businesses and attractions on offer.

I’m also looking forward to seeing the exciting new Globe exhibition at Preston Park Museum on Thursday afternoon. ‘Stockton Globe Encore: The Past, The People, The Place’ brings together the Globe’s past as well as its future as a 21st Century live entertainment venue and gives visitors the opportunity to see a virtual tour of the building as well as film and photographs. The exhibition will be displayed until Sunday 6 October and I’d really encourage you to catch it while you can.

On Friday morning I will be meeting the Tees Valley Mayor and the other local authority leaders before a meeting of the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Cabinet. After that I will be back in the office for a scheduled meeting with Councillor Sylvia Walmsley.

I’m looking forward to spending time with my family at the weekend before a busy start to next week.

On Monday morning I will be attending an Executive Scrutiny Committee meeting on the Globe. Then on Tuesday I will be taking the opportunity to catch up on some Council business before attending a Members Briefing Session on the Tees Valley’s ambition to be named City of Culture in 2025.