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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

November 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

This morning I attended a briefing on the South Tees Development Corporation Master Plan ahead of the public drop-in consultation event that was held today in Stockton Central Library. It sets out the plans to regenerate the South Tees Development Corporation area with a view to job creation and improve economy growth. The consultation period ends tomorrow but the Master Plan can be viewed and commented on at www.southteesdc.com/masterplan

Later in the day I visited Norton Primary Academy where I am a governor with portfolio responsibility for teaching, learning and assessment. It is always good to visit the school and see the great work being done by the pupils and staff.

Tomorrow I will be attending the Council’s Customer Service Excellence Awards in the Jim Cooke Conference Suite in Stockton Central Library. The awards recognise fantastic efforts of our staff that go the extra mile to deliver a first class service for the residents of the Borough so I am really looking forward to finding out who has won!

In the afternoon I will be joining the Council’s Chief Executive, Neil Schneider, for a meeting with Cleveland Police to discuss their progress on some community safety issues that have come to light recently.

On Thursday evening it is the launch of this year’s Stockton Sparkles and there is a great event in store for everyone. Featuring live music and entertainment, the High Street will come alive with festive spirit and be topped off by Stockton’s very own singing Christmas Tree which has to be seen to be believed! I’d encourage everyone to come down with their family and friends to really get themselves in the mood for Christmas.

Straight from the Sparkles launch I’ll be hopping over to Middlesbrough for the Gazette Community Champion Awards. Along with the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall, we’ll be presenting an award to the winner of the Children and Young People category and it’ll be great to hear all the stories of the people who contribute so much to our communities.

On Friday morning I am travelling across to Darlington for a meeting with other Council Leaders about the NHS and sustainability and transformation partnerships before tackling some important paperwork in my office.

The Love Norton Advent Calendar Trail launches at 4pm on Friday at Norton Library and I’d encourage everyone to get involved and support it. The trail showcases some fantastic illuminated Advent windows, designed by local schoolchildren and community groups. Participating businesses along Norton High Street will illuminate their window and offer special deals each day at 10am throughout December. Please do go down and support the event, you can find out more at https://events.stockton.gov.uk/love-norton-advent-calendar-trail

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

Middlesbrough have an away trip to Bristol City to tackle on Saturday evening and the game comes with even more pressure added to it after last weekend’s capitulation at home against Derby County. It was a dreadful second half performance and fingers crossed the team can make amends with a better showing this time.

Back to work on Monday and I will be working in my office before attending a pre-agenda Cabinet meeting happening later that afternoon.