Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

St. Mark's C of E Primary (including Nursery) will be closed on Friday 15 November 2019 for an ongoing environmental clean and is expected to re-open on Monday 18 November 2019.

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Today I took the opportunity to catch up on some Council paperwork in the office before heading to Norton Primary Academy for a meeting of the school’s governors.

On Thursday morning, I am looking forward to visiting Middlesbrough College for the official opening of the £20million STEM Centre facility. The STEM Centre will provide students with a unique opportunity to train and develop new skills.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the facility aims to ensure that, even in light of the recent bad news for the sector, the Tees Valley remains at the forefront of engineering skills and can attract investment to the area.

I will then travel to Billingham Town Centre to visit Winford House – a multimillion pound investment which will bring affordable independence to the town’s older residents.

The Council has worked with a number of partners, including Thirteen, to see this project come to fruition.

Boasting 38 one and two bedroom apartments, exclusively for those aged over 55, the accommodation will feature access to onsite care support around the clock. I am very pleased with this development as it will give local people greater choice and the opportunity to continue to live independently and safely in their own homes for longer.

After this I will be travelling back to the Jim Cooke Conference Suite in Stockton Central Library for a full meeting of the Council’s Cabinet.

Friday will bring a welcome opportunity to catch up some paperwork in my office around a few meetings.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my family. There is no Middlesbrough game due to the international break but I’m sure the break from fixtures is being spent well working hard on the training ground.

It was a blow to lose to our promotion rivals Hull last weekend but I’m sure that Aitor Karanka will have the squad ready for action again for the visit of Queens Park Rangers next Friday evening.

Back to work on Monday morning and I have an early meeting with Councillor Jim Beall, Deputy Leader of the Council, to be briefed on the Local Government Authority’s Peer Review of Personalisation. This concerns changes to adult social care via recognising people as individuals who have strengths and preferences and putting them at the very centre of their own care and support.

After that I will have my regular meeting with Councillor Beall and Neil Schneider, the Council’s Chief Executive, to review the agenda of the Cabinet meeting and to also catch up on the latest developing issues facing the authority.

On Tuesday morning I will meet with Julie Danks, Corporate Director of Resources, to discuss and review the quarterly update which outlines the Council’s performance data.

I will then meet with Graham Clingan, Countryside and Greenspace Development Manager for the Council, to be briefed on the Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan which aims to provide environmental and eco-friendly projects across Stockton Borough.