Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I was disappointed this week to hear that Blackpool International Airport could be on the verge of closure due to the operator being unable to sell the business to an appropriate buyer. I recently met with the airport’s managing director to discuss the issues currently faced by the hub and had hoped Balfour Beatty would [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was pleased to hear that Virgin Trains has had its direct service from London to Blackpool approved by the Office of Rail Regulation. Blackpool has been campaigning for a rail link to London ever since the last direct service to the capital was scrapped in May 2003. When the new service to [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This weekend was the 70th anniversary of the Freckleton air disaster and I was pleased to see the number of people who came out to pay their respects on a date which helped shape the history of that part of rural Fylde. The tragedy saw a United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Consolidated B-24 Liberator [...]

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MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Over the years I have attended many meetings concerned with the state of the moss road which links St Annes to the M55. The single track country lane has always been used by drivers needing to access the motorway and since it was closed amid safety concerns I have received a large number of complaints [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I am writing this week while watching closely the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding in northern Iraq. I recently attended a church service at St Joseph’s in Ansdell where I spoke to a number of parishioners who were deeply concerned about the situation and I promised to write to the Foreign Secretary on their behalf. In [...]