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Friday 30 July 2021

As ever, it's been a busy week with focus remaining on the coronavirus pandemic, as well as more 'normal' Council business.

On Monday it was interesting to meet with the Globe Theatre's General Manager, Jo Ager. This was also alongside the Council's Managing Director, Julie Danks, and we talked about the range of exciting events coming up at the venue.

This was followed on Tuesday with a Members' Briefing on the work undertaken by officers on tackling inequalities. There's already been a report taken to Cabinet on this, but this was an opportunity to talk about it in further detail.

On Wednesday I met with Leaders and Mayors across the Tees Valley to discuss the latest coronavirus picture in the area. The infection rates have fallen slightly, but we are still urging residents to act with caution.

This was then quickly followed by an update from the NHS on plans for an Integrated Care System (ICS) and what this will look like. The Leaders and Mayors were joined by Chief Executives for this meeting.

A Special Cabinet was held on Thursday to discuss the Council's plans for Stockton Waterfront. 

Today I have caught-up with representatives from Catalyst. It's always useful to get an update on the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

A busy day today has also included the annual meeting of the North East Regional Employers' Organisation and also the annual meeting of the North East Provincial Council.

Tonight I am looking forward to seeing how Middlesbrough get on in their final pre-season friendly against Rotherham. The real business then starts next Sunday against Fulham in the first Championship game of the season.