Tour of Britain comes to Staffordshire

Last week I was in London for the CCN AGM and met the new government minister Brandon Lewis MP, also listened to Louse Casey on the work of the Troubled Families Team DCLG.  Many of the complex partnership issues are being addressed in Staffordshire.

I had some productive talks with all our district councils last week, about how the county council can help all of Staffordshire to reach its full economic potential.

Following the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are looking at holding a legacy celebration event in the next couple of months to thank the people from Staffordshire who helped in any shape or form (e.g. torchbearers, games makers, local athletes, local leaders and the many volunteers during the torch relays).  If you helped out or have a story to tell, get in touch with our Olympics Co-ordinator, Marie Fitzpatrick on 01785 854595.

Remember you can watch live webcasts of many of our Council and Cabinet meetings and listen to the discussions.  Just go to the website.  Last week we discussed the Staffordshire Care Quality Green Paper, which was webcast to the world.

And closer to my heart and being a proud father, big congratulations to my daughter, Katy for graduating in Paediatric Nursing after her studies at Wolverhampton University.

Pension Fund Update – Positive news as the Staffordshire Local Government Pension Fund hits £2.705 billion, the highest level ever, despite the uncertain world economy.  This proves our investment strategy works!

Good luck to Graham Morley Principal at South Staffordshire College and his team on the news that the College has been shortlisted in the Times Education Awards for their “Sustainability” practices.

On my way to Birmingham to a meeting at the WMC, I caught a glimpse in Rocester of Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain after crossing Blithfield Reservoir.  Lots of people lined the roads to catch Olympic golden boy and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, and also sprinter Mark Cavendish, sweep through the county.  Great for the county again as the cyclists went through Stone, Stafford, Cannock Chase, Rugeley, Blithfield Reservoir, Uttoxeter and Rocester, before climbing through the Staffordshire Moorlands.  Playing host to such a prestigious event really does lift everyone’s spirits.

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