Fylde MP Mark Menzies meets United Utilities chiefs over water issues

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has met with United Utilities chief executive Steve Mogford to seek answers over the area’s current water problems. It is now three weeks since a boiled water notice covering 300,000 homes in Lancashire was put in place after traces of the microbial parasite cryptosporidium were found at Franklaw water treatment works in Catterall, near Garstang. Since then, Mr Menzies has been in daily contact with United Utilities and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and has asked for a full... Read more »


Today it is three weeks since a boiled water notice was put in place affecting Fylde and the wider area. While it is critical that no risks are taken over people’s health, I have informed United Utilities that I do not believe that is good enough and that it must do everything it can to make sure we get clean water from our taps back running as soon as possible. I understand that the company is slowly getting to the stage where the notice may be lifted... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP supports new animal shelter appeal

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has joined forces with volunteers to help raise money for an under-threat animal shelter. The Member of Parliament attended a fundraising event in aid of Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary at the Station Tavern in Lytham on Sunday. The St Annes-based charity is looking for a new home after the land on which its Queensway Park Farm headquarters sits was sold and the new owner chose not to renew its lease. Staff and volunteers are currently working hard to raise the money to relocate to new... Read more »


This week I have been busy liaising with those involved in the current water supply issues affecting Fylde and the wider area. I have asked for regular updates from United Utilities and senior executives have assured me that they are working hard to return supply to normal. I know the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, has spoken to the Chief Executive twice this week and I have been in touch with colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to... Read more »


This week the name of this column may be somewhat inaccurate as, due to Parliament’s Summer Recess, I have been at home in Fylde rather than in Westminster. That is extremely fortuitous as it has meant I have been here to see large parts of the extended Lytham Festival - and what a week it has been. While I have heard fantastic reviews of all the events, a highlight for me was during Sunday night’s concert when the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team flew into the festival... Read more »
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