MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS last few weeks I’ve been focused on two massive issues – BAE Systems and the school merger – both of which have caused so much concern.

However, to show you that is not the only thing I’ve been working on, I thought I would update readers on the other issues I’ve been dealing with in hope of helping out people, places and businesses in Fylde.

Take my surgeries last Friday and Saturday. I met with 16 different people from all around the area discussing everything from individual issues around the care of children and housing to general policy matters regarding the NHS and the Police service.

With jobs very much in focus too I paid a visit to the local Job Centre in St Annes to speak to their expert senior staff.

As I’ve learned previously on visiting the Job Centre there are a significant numbers of vacancies available. The jobs may not always be perfect and the range may, in the current climate, be limited. However, there are always vacancies out there.

I also discovered, interestingly, that our local Job Centre is currently rated as the best in the country for getting people back to work. That’s not only a great credit to the staff their but also the work ethic of the people of Fylde.

A visit to Lytham Hall Park School was also fascinating and I met with the Chairman of Governors Steve Mason and head teacher to discuss the parking situation there which, I am aware, is causing a lot of concern to local residents.

With an expansion in the offing, the school are extremely keen to resolve the issues and have an excellent plan to do so which they are now discussing with County Hall. I will support them however I can.

And finally, as well as further meetings with Ministers about Lancashire’s new Enterprise Zone, I also met Hope UK – a local organisation who do excellent substance abuse awareness work.

There is tremendous work being done throughout the Fylde coast, it seems to me, in that area which I am sure will help many people escape the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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