Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Wednesday 11 September 2019

I’ve got a busy few days ahead starting this morning when I will join a cross party group of councillors to shortlist for the Council’s Managing Director post.

This afternoon I’ll be discussing an up-coming Scrutiny Review with Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall along with Interim Managing Director, Julie Danks and Director of Finance and Business Services, Garry Cummings.

I’m looking forward to meeting the Council’s new apprentices this afternoon. I’m delighted that the Council has appointed 42 motivated and enthusiastic apprentices. They started on Monday and are an example of our commitment to create a resilient work force which is dedicated to supporting the people of our Borough.

There will be a chance to learn more about the apprenticeship programme when the Council’s Cabinet meets on Thursday afternoon. Among the other agenda items is an update on the great work going on in central Stockton and the Thornaby area of Victoria. We’ll hear about a proposal which would see the Council working collaboratively with a group of private sector landlords to improve property and management standards within the private rental sector.

After Cabinet I’ll travel to Newcastle for this year’s Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards.  The Council has been shortlisted in four categories and is also in contention for the Council of the Year Award.  I’ve got my fingers crossed but even if we don’t win, to be shortlisted is recognition of the hard work and commitment of our staff to doing their very best to support the residents and businesses in our Borough.

On Friday morning I’m going to meet Alan Foster, the Executive Lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System to discuss the ways in which the Council can work with its NHS partners to influence the future policy direction and funding of Health and Social Care.

After that I’ll catch up with Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham about a number of issues impacting on the area.

This weekend I’ll be meeting with the organisers of Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance to look back at the success of this year’s event and start thinking about preparations for the 56th festival which will take place next August.

On Saturday afternoon I’ll be at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium to watch them take on the Royals.  Boro have only managed six points in the last six games so we could really do with three points this weekend.

I’ll be spending all day on Monday interviewing for the Council’s Managing Director post ahead of joining the appointment panel to consider all of the interview feedback on Tuesday afternoon.

That evening I’ll be meeting with residents at my ward surgery.