Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Wednesday 9 October 2019

This morning I held my regular catch-up meeting with Margaret Waggott, Assistant Director for Administration, Democratic and Electoral Services, to be briefed on the latest developments from her service area.

Later today I’ll be in the Jim Cooke Conference Suite to join my fellow councillors to give our views to a consultation session that will feed into a refreshed Adult Social Care Strategy.

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to a site visit of the Sedgefield Way depots which have recently been refurbished and modernised. A lot of our highways and street lighting work originates here so it’ll be great to speak with staff there to see how the changes have benefitted the way they work.

Following this, I’ll be visiting ConocoPhillips to catch up with them after some recent partnership work and to learn more about the projects they’re planning. They’re a sizeable employer in the Borough so we’re always keen to see how we can continue to support their growth.

Back in Municipal Buildings I’ll be completing some scheduled adult safeguarding training. It’s mandatory for all members to take this learning and it’s a vitally important learning tool for all of us.

On Friday I will be travelling to County Hall in Durham for a meeting of the Regional Leaders and Elected Mayors group. It’s hosted by the Association of North East Councils. We’ll be focussing on a number of topics including the Integrated Care System, Brexit and collaborative procurement between local authorities.

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

Back to work on Monday and I will hold my weekly catch up, alongside Cllr Beall, with the Council’s Managing Director Julie Danks. We’ll be reviewing a number of developments across both the organisation and the Borough.

On Tuesday, the important work being done by our community partnerships in Stockton and North Thornaby will be the focus of my attention when I attend the monthly briefing. We’re making some great progress in these areas, not least with Cabinet recently approving a new membership scheme which will see the Council work with landlords to improve private rented housing standards.

My visits across the patch will also continue when I meet Sam Dixon from our housing team to discuss the application process for disabled facilities grants. These grants help to pay for the changes we consider essential for disabled people to live independently and stay in their own homes.