Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

St. Mark's C of E Primary (including Nursery) will be closed on Thursday 14th November 2019 for an environmental clean and expected to re-open on Friday 15th November 2019.

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Today I made the most of the opportunity to catch up on important Council business in my office and to prepare for a busy period ahead.

Full Council will meet this evening at Stockton Town Hall with a packed agenda. Among the items to be considered is a report of the Appointments Panel which recommends Julie Danks, our current Interim Managing Director, be appointed as the authority’s Managing Director. We will also be reviewing a Scrutiny end-of-term report which details the work of the Council’s Select Committees over the last four years and taking a look at further appointments to our committees, panels and other bodies for the next four years.

Tomorrow I am looking forward to attending the North East Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner at Durham Cathedral. I’ll be joined by Councillor Nigel Cooke, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, and a few senior officers. It’s always a very useful networking event which welcomes business leaders from around the region. It’ll be an opportunity for us to talk to peers about what we’re trying to achieve in our Borough.

On Friday I will be attending a stakeholder event hosted by Cleveland Police at Teesside University. Led by the force’s new Chief Constable, Richard Lewis, the event will set out the current position of the force and what improvements are to be driven forward. Another aim of the day is to further strengthen the partnership relations between organisations to improve things for residents in our area, so I’m looking forward to some productive discussions.

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

Middlesbrough host Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside and the team are really in need of a good win at home to give them a boost and hopefully kick-start the season. It has been a very mixed bag of results so far although you can see the team moving in a more attacking direction so I’m hoping that when things click, the side can put a good run together and get their rewards.

Back to work on Monday and I will be conducting one of my annual appraisals of the Managing Director before my regularly catch up with Julie Danks and the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall.

On the afternoon I’ll be taking a tour of the security centre in Stockton with Marc Stephenson, Community Protection Services Manager. The centre operates a CCTV system at key sites across the Borough on a 24/7 basis. It’ll be fascinating to see all of the hard work going on to make the places we live safer.

I will be visiting the Family Hub and One Stop Shop on Church Road on Tuesday morning to be taken through all of the support, guidance and solutions that’s on offer to parents, carers and families in Stockton-on-Tees.

After this, I’ll be joined in my office by Richard McGuckin, Director of Economic Growth and Development, for my regular briefing on a number of regeneration projects we’re currently working on across the patch.

The final item on my agenda for Tuesday will be to join fellow Members to review the Council’s Forward Plan which lists all of the decisions expected to be made by the Council in the next four months.