Today I met with Dennis Reed from the Association of North East Councils. It was good to meet again with him to discuss the various issues facing local authorities at this time.
On Thursday morning I will meet with Margaret Waggott, Head of Democratic Services for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, to be briefed on upcoming issues.
After that meeting I will join Councillor Jim Beall, Deputy Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ian Dalgarno, to take part in a photo opportunity outside of Stockton Town Hall to promote the Purple Lights for Hope campaign.
On 1 November, Stockton Town Hall and the Riverside will be lit up purple to show the Council’s support for those who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
It is a condition that over 8,000 people are diagnosed with in the UK each year and affects so many families.
On Thursday afternoon I will travel over to Preston Park for the opening of the Victorian Police Station. It’ll be great to take a trip back in time and see objects from the Museum’s criminal history collection.
On Friday I will be travelling up to the County Hall in Durham for a meeting of the Association of North East Councils Leaders and Mayors. It’ll be useful to meet with my colleagues from across the region to stay in touch with the ongoing developments we are all facing.
Over the weekend I am looking forward to spending time with my friends and family. I will be keeping a keen ear on how Middlesbrough get on away at Wolves in the Championship. After faltering against Fulham at home last weekend, I am hoping Boro to build momentum with another run of wins to keep competing for promotion.
The working week begins again with a meeting with Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, and Councillor Jim Beall, Deputy Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to review the agenda of the upcoming full Cabinet meeting.
I will take the opportunity on Tuesday to catch up on some Council paperwork in the office.