MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

FOOD has always been a great passion of mine and I’m thrilled at the standard here in Fylde

So, having just eaten a cracking meal, I thought I would begin this week by mentioning an excellent initiative that saved my friends and I a few quid over the weekend.

Our culinary quality here on the coast is there for all to see and is, I’m sure, partly down to geography.

Clearly we have many wonderful resources right on our doorstep, from fabulous fish and excellent locally reared meat to milk and even our own locally brewed beers.

And I’ve always found that this terrific local produce is treated very well by our local restaurants.

That was clear as day as my friends and I enjoyed a terrific feast at a cut price.

Started by former Mayor of Fylde Cllr Patricia Fieldhouse and her sister Katie, a cordon bleu chef, the Feast for Ten initiative, organised by Fylde Council, gives discounts to customers at a range of fantastic restaurants all over Fylde during January and February.

It’s a great chance for customers to have their fill at a reduced price as well as boost trade for business in two of the traditionally quieter months.

I won’t plug the restaurant I went to – it wouldn’t be fair to all the restaurants taking part who, I’m sure, are equally as good – but I would urge everyone to follow suit and take advantage of this terrific offer.

I was also very pleased to see the new Decentralisation and Localism pass the first stage successfully in Parliament this week.

The Bill, which has been long anticipated, aims to reduce bureaucracy, put decision making power back into the hands of local people and, importantly for many people in this area, bring forward reforms of the planning system.

I know it is an area of interest for many local campaigners who I hope will welcome the changes.

We’ll see how the reforms work when they come into practice but I am sure that devolving power to the people who are best equipped to make local decisions – local people – can only be a good thing.

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