Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Wednesday 2 October 2019

Today I’ll be making the most of the opportunity of a lighter day in the diary to catch up on some important Council paperwork in the office.

I am also looking forward to my induction at lunchtime at Splash gym in Stockton. It’s a fantastic facility that specialises in affordable gym memberships with modern equipment. There are also gyms in Billingham and Thornaby, all of which are run by Tees Active – a charitable social enterprise providing high quality leisure services for the whole community. It’s always good to keep active so I’m looking forward to getting started at Splash!

Tomorrow I will be visiting Catterick Garrison to see a special exercise taking place. In my capacity as Armed Forces Champion, it’ll be a fantastic opportunity to better understand the journey all soldiers take in their careers.

On my return to Stockton, I’ll be meeting with my fellow Cabinet members to focus on a number of items that will be making their way through for consideration in the coming weeks and months.

On Friday I will be continuing with my responsibilities as portfolio lead for Education, Employment and Skills in the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) Cabinet. The Council’s Managing Director Julie Danks is assisting me in the role and it’ll be useful to further review the areas we’ll be prioritising in the near future.

The Lord Lieutenant’s Annual Civic Dinner takes place at Queen’s Campus in Stockton on the evening. The historic role of the Lord Lieutenant dates back to the 1540s when King Henry VIII appointed a number of personal representatives across the English counties. Today the role represents the British Monarch and is headed in our area by Sue Snowdon.

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

Middlesbrough’s troubled start to the season unfortunately continues and it doesn’t get any easier with a tricky looking trip to St Andrew’s to navigate. Birmingham have fared slightly better than the Boro so far but both sides will have to battle hard to bank the three points.

Back to work on Monday and I’m looking forward to visiting the community partnership projects that are doing great work to drive up standards in Central Stockton and North Thornaby. This area of work includes looking at how alley gates can be cleaned up, secured and cared for by residents to reduce things like fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and arson.

On the afternoon, I’ll be attending People Select Committee where we will be considering the final report on the Smarter Working in Stockton accommodation review.

Straight from that I will be into a pre-agenda meeting of Cabinet and a Local Enterprise Partnership board briefing at Cavendish House in Teesdale.

On Tuesday I’m due to meet Craig Taylor, the Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Manager, to get an update on our apprenticeships programme and the Routes to Work project which, delivered with TVCA, is a key part of my Education, Employment and Skills portfolio.