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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Wednesday 01 March 2017

Today I travelled across to Cavendish House in Teesdale for a meeting regarding Durham Tees Valley Airport. I sit on the airport’s board and it is important for us to hold regular meetings to discuss any developing issues relating to its operation. 

Tomorrow I will be calling in to Stockton Town Hall as the count for the election of the next Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Stockton Borough will be taking place. Schools, academies and colleges across the Borough are being invited to let their students take part in the elections either by voting or standing as candidates. 

Whoever is elected will champion the cause of young people between the ages of 11 and 18 locally, as Chair of Stockton Youth Assembly, and nationally, as the Borough’s Member of the UK Youth Parliament. It is great that the MYPs exist to enable young people to use their energy, ideas and passion to change the future for the better. 

I’ll then be making the trip across to Stockton Riverside College for a business lunch alongside senior officers from the Council. I always like to visit the college and it’ll be great to get an update on how they are progressing. 

Following this I will head back to Municipal Buildings to sit on the panel to decide the winners of this year’s Mayor’s Civic Awards. The awards honour local people, organisations and businesses that have made a real difference in our community and go to officially recognise the achievements that have been made. 

Also on Thursday I am looking forward to attending the launch of a new exhibition at ARC. ‘Hidden’ is an exhibition from The Children’s Society and hosted by Eastern Ravens Trust which paints a compelling portrait of the real story of England’s young carers. 

There are approximately 166,000 young carers in England and the exhibition is aiming to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by the children and young people who provide such vital physical, emotional and practice care for a loved one. 

On Friday I will be heading over again to Cavendish House for a meeting of the Tees Valley Leaders and Mayors group. With the combined authority progressing in its development and the election of the Mayor upcoming, it’ll be important to meet and get an update on the latest emerging issues. 

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. 

Middlesbrough have a very tough task on their hands with a daunting away trip to Stoke City following last weekend’s disappointment against Crystal Palace. Time is running out for the side to improve their fortunes but if they are to avoid relegation – then they must start picking up some more victories and that must start on Saturday. 

Back to work on Monday and I will hold my regular meeting with the Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Jim Beall, and the Council’s Chief Executive, Neil Schneider, as we catch up on the latest developments affecting the whole Borough. 

Later in the day there is a pre-agenda meeting of the Council’s Cabinet. Here we will be able to take a look at the items that will come before the Cabinet in March. 

On Tuesday I will take the opportunity to catch up on some important Council paperwork in the office.