Mark’s Column

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I visited an excellent local facility that provides rehabilitative care to people living with enduring mental health problems. I was extremely impressed by the hard work and dedication of the healthcare professionals who work there, providing 24 hour residential care, supporting people with complex conditions into living gradually more independent lives. One of [...]

Cllr Peter Anthony, Robin Osterley and Mark Menzies MP

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I met with Robin Osterley, the Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, in Lytham, as part of my ongoing campaign to stop the proliferation of charity shops on Britain’s high streets. I was joined by Councillor Peter Anthony, who understands the significance of this issue, having run a shop in the centre [...]

Fylde MP asks Secretary of State for assurances on shale gas regulations

Fylde MP Mark Menzies asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what powers the Environment Agency has to close down shale gas wells that are in breach of environmental regulations. The Member of Parliament has consistently argued that companies drilling for shale gas should be subject to stringent restrictions. He raised the issue as [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week I was delighted to be able to attend the official opening of the fantastic new play area and gardens in Freckleton Memorial Park. It was excellent to see so many local people attend the event, which was the culmination of months of hard work by the Friends of Freckleton Memorial Park and funding [...]

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I was disappointed, but not surprised, when Lancashire County Council cabinet members chose not to reverse the authority’s decision to close four out of five of Fylde’s libraries this week. There had been a glimmer of hope that councillors may at least look again at their plans when the council’s scrutiny committee sent the decision [...]