My current focus is to prepare for the meeting of the full Council tonight, which has a busy agenda. An updated version of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, originally signed in 2012, will be presented to members. The covenant recognises the outstanding support between the local community and armed forces personnel. We will also review the Director of Public Health Annual Report.
Tomorrow I will make the most of some free time in my diary to catch up on important Council paperwork and prepare for forthcoming meetings. On Friday I will meet with the Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group for our weekly scheduled meeting at Cavendish House to focus on a variety of issues developing across our region. Geraldine Brown, Policy Manager at the Tees Valley Combined Authority, will provide an update on the business directory in our area. The directory helps people find local businesses, who in turn benefit from free online advertising.
I am looking forward to attending the annual Catalyst conference which provides an opportunity for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations across Stockton-on-Tees to discuss important issues. It’s a significant event in my calendar and, as always, there will be a whole host of speakers, presentations, workshops, networking and stalls.
As an Armed Forces Champion, I have been invited to represent the Borough at the North East Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, on Saturday. I will be joined by the Mayor, Councillor Eileen Johnson, where we will take part in the laying of crosses alongside regional civic guests and dignitaries from the armed forces.
Over the weekend I will be spending time with my family. I will also be keeping a close eye on Middlesbrough’s important match away at Stoke City as the team hopes to return to the automatic promotion places. Goals have been hard to come by of late but hopefully we’ll see a change in fortunes.
I will begin next week by meeting Ollie Mack, from Change & Transformation, to discuss the vision, values, behaviours and culture of the Tees Valley Combined Authority. I will then join the Council’s Chief Executive Neil Schneider for a meeting with Superintendent Beverley Gill of Cleveland Police, for one of our scheduled update meetings. In the afternoon there will be a Cabinet pre-agenda meeting where the items will be agreed for the forthcoming meeting on November 15.
On Tuesday I will be attending a meeting with Richard McGuckin, the Council’s Head of Economic Growth and Development, to review a number of important developments and projects that are progressing across Stockton-on-Tees.