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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

March 2018

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

I had my regular briefing with Martin Waters, Head of Homes and Communities at the Tees Valley Combined Authority, this morning. We discussed the latest updates in relation to investment in housing growth and renewal.

This afternoon I’ve got a meeting of the Scrutiny Liaison Forum. Scrutiny is a crucial function for any council that’s committed to continuous improvement so we’ll be looking very closely at the scrutiny programme for the year ahead and identifying the areas we really need to focus on.

I’m then at an informal meeting of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet before tonight’s Full Council meeting, where there’s a range of items on the agenda including the Council Plan 2018-21 and reports relating to both adults’ and children’s safeguarding.

I’ll be chairing tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting – there’s a busy agenda including reports on the Scrutiny Review of Security at Preston Park, tackling inequalities, and an update on the progress of the Local Plan process.

On Friday morning I’m attending the regular Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group meeting. I’m then planning to spend the rest of Friday and Monday catching up on work in the office.

I’m really looking forward to going to the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year award ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. The award is celebrating its 21st birthday this year and has become a real feather in the cap for winning children’s authors over the years. To attract such well-known authors to the Borough is a wonderful thing and can only inspire our children and young people to foster a love of reading and literature.

As always, I’ll be looking out for Middlesbrough’s scoreline this weekend. The team seems to have clicked into gear recently and it’s great to see us finally break into that top six. But this weekend sees Boro travel to a Brentford side that has lost only three times at home all season so as ever in the Championship, a tough fixture no doubt awaits!