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Friday 12 November 2021

On Monday I had the pleasure of meeting with one of Britain's greatest Paralympic athletes and one of the Borough's own, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE. In July, Baroness Grey-Thompson was elected President of the Local Government Organisation (LGA), and it was in this role she met with myself and the Council's Managing Director, Julie Danks, to discuss issues facing local government both nationally and here in Stockton-on-Tees.

Julie and I then joined Cabinet members online to discuss the busy agenda in advance of next week's Cabinet meeting, on 18 November. Among the important items coming before Cabinet which we considered is the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2022/23.

On Tuesday I took the opportunity presented by a slightly lighter diary to catch up on some important paperwork in my office.

On Wednesday I met virtually with Norton Community Partnership, one of the seven Community Partnerships in the Borough which gives residents the chance to get involved in their local areas.  

Thursday morning saw me catch up with Town Centres Development Manager Rachel Haycock, to discuss designs for a package of improvements proposed for the southern section of Norton High Street. These improvements form part of the ambitious ongoing investment plans for the regeneration of the Borough's six town centres.

The working week ended with me attending the Catalyst Conference and Achievement Awards, where our Managing Director, Julie Danks gave a speech on both the challenges faced and opportunities provided by the Borough. In the afternoon it was my pleasure to applaud all the worthy award winners. Well done to everyone involved.

This was followed by a regular catch up with one of the Borough's MPs, accompanied by Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall.

This weekend I will join all those across the Borough, and the country, in remembering those who gave their lives in both World Wars and more recent conflicts. On Saturday I will attend a Remembrance Service at Norton Cricket Club, then mark Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph on Stockton followed by a Service at Stockton Parish Church.