MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

IT is always fantastic to see new services launching in the Fylde.

So it was a great pleasure this week to attend the launch of two sparkling new facilities.

The first was Nateby House, a brand new joint project between the Ormerod Trust, of which I am patron, and New Fylde Housing.

The house, on the new Heyhouses estate, is specially designed to be home to five adults with a range of learning disabilities.

They will be supported by Ormerod staff and, I am sure, will be extremely happy with the building.

It is a truly tremendous idea and it was great to catch up with the Ormerod staff and service users on the day.

Later in the day I attended the opening of the newly refurbished BAE Sports and Social Club which also celebrates its 50th birthday.

It was great to see the hard work of the association which run the club paying off and take a look around the facilities as well as giving me a chance to catch up with Warton site director, Glyn Jones, following what I know has been a difficult period following the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The club is open to the public and I would advise anyone to take a look around the great facilities the club has to offer.

And Warton was also venue for this week’s constituency surgery.

With so much going on internationally at the moment it is very easy for MPs, who have to be in Westminster on Monday to Thursday, to get caught up in debating these matters when locally, council tax, bus routes and other more local issues feel more central to people’s lives.

So the surgeries are very refreshing, varied and interesting and this week people tackled everything from business rates to buildings and birds.

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