Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

After a busy start to the week with Council business, I am also looking forward to preparing for an evening Governor's meeting at Norton Primary Academy.

On Thursday I will chair a meeting of the Cabinet, where Members will look at and discuss a whole variety of issues affecting residents across the Borough. I will be leading on an important item concerning the Children's Social Care Activity and Performance Report.

On Friday I will be taking some time in the office to catch up on Council paperwork.

Saturday brings around a lunchtime trip to the Riverside Stadium to watch Middlesbrough take on Ipswich Town in a televised clash. We often haven't been at our best before the cameras and it would be very timely for it to be a different story this time after recent disappointing results against Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and most recently Nottingham Forest. I hope Aitor Karanka can keep the team pushing on and deliver the promotion that the Chairman and the fans deserve.

Back to work on Monday and I am looking forward to attending the 'topping out' ceremony at the Northshore Innovation Centre. These ceremonial occasions are somewhat of a 'builder's rite' and traditionally involve a tree being planted on the roof of the new building to mark the end of the construction phase.

After this I will be heading back to the Jim Cooke Conference Suite in Stockton Central Library for a Member's Policy Seminar which will focus on the latest issues and developments surrounding the safeguarding of our children and young people.

On Tuesday I will take part in a briefing, alongside the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, from the Director of Public Health, Professor Peter Kelly, to get an update on public health matters.