Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

November 2019

Wednesday 6 November

This morning began with a meeting with Jonathan Kibble, the Council’s Principal Transport Officer, to discuss a few ward issues which fall within his area of work.  

Following this I met with Reuben Kench, the Council’s Director of Culture, Leisure and Events to catch up about Billingham International Festival of World Dance of which I am Chair. 

I’ll then go to Daisy Chain’s headquarters in Norton to meet with their new Chief Executive, Neeraj Sharma. It’s always inspiring to visit charities which work so hard to help people in need of support such as Daisy Chain. I look forward to hearing what plans Neeraj has up his sleeve for the future of the organisation.

Throughout the forthcoming week Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall and I will meet with political group leaders for our regular catch ups.

Thursday morning will see me meet with Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher from Hartlepool Borough Council. Christopher is the Education, Employment and Skills Partnership Board representative for his authority. Over the next few weeks I’m arranging to meet all the board representatives from across the Tees Valley local authorities. It will be a good opportunity to talk over some of the current issues which the board is working on.

I’ll then join Steven Cross, a Neighbourhood Co-ordinator from the Thirteen Group for a walk around the Mount Pleasant area of Norton.

Later in the day I’ll join other members to learn about iShare, the Council’s new web mapping system. We’ll be undergoing some training on the system which is a tool to help see what is going on in any neighbourhood or ward within the Borough. After this Cabinet will hold one of its informal meetings.

On Friday I’m looking forward to visiting Oak Road, one of the Council’s residential services for people with learning disabilities to meet with staff and some of the people staying there.

I’ll join Councillor Beall to meet with Councillor Sylvia Walmsley for our regular catch up before attending a meeting with the Environment Agency about a forthcoming planning application.

The fixture schedule doesn’t get any easier for Middlesbrough this weekend as they face a trip to top-half QPR in the Championship.

They’ve only managed 11 goals in 15 games so far and it’s getting harder to see their fortunes turning around anytime soon but we live in hope.

Hopefully the upcoming international break will give the squad time to knuckle down on the training pitch to tackle their weaknesses and then perhaps a turnaround in fortunes won’t be too far away.

I’ll be proud to join residents and dignitaries at the Remembrance Sunday Service in Stockton High Street on Sunday to remember the commitment and sacrifice of our armed forces.

Back to work on Monday for an early meeting with Councillor Alison Barnes from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to work through some issues regarding the Education, Employment and Skills agenda. 

Following this I have a series of catch up regular meetings including my weekly meeting with Julie Danks, Managing Director.

I’ll head to Cavendish House in Teesdale for a board meeting of the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) later that day.  We’ll be discussing the South Tees Development Corporation as well as the Good Employer Charter among other items.

I will then join officers for my monthly briefing on Targeted Action Areas.