MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I was recently contacted by the residents of Staining, Singleton and Hardhorn who formed together after travellers moved on to an illegal site on nearby Fairfield Road four years ago.

Following a lengthy legal battle, it appears Fylde Borough Council may soon be able to have the travellers moved off the site but the amount of time it has taken to resolve the matter has left the taxpayer with a legal bill believed to be around £200,000.

The residents were keen that the Government, who shouldered most of the financial burden of the case rather than allowing it to fall on the council, should insist the travellers pay any costs incurred.

I contacted the Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis and passed on the residents’ concerns and I was pleased when he replied this week to say that the Government would be seeking to recover the costs of litigation from the travellers so they do not fall on the public purse.

It has been a busy week in Fylde where I have held a number of meetings on behalf of constituents.

The recent news that the Canadian firm Cameco had chosen to end its contract with Westinghouse two years earlier than expected, putting a number of jobs at risk at its Springfields site in Salwick, will have left some people worried about their future.

I recently met with site management to discuss what this meant for Springfields and on Friday I arranged a further meeting with union officials to find out the affect the news had had on their members.

Obviously there was a big announcement recently that fuel for the UK’s three forthcoming reactors would be made at the Salwick site so that work will hopefully be protected for decades to come.

But I want to work with management and the unions to ensure that the loss of this contract has as little impact as possible on staff ahead of the start of that new work.

Regular readers of this column will know I recently hosted a successful Dementia Friends session at the United Reformed Church in St Annes.

More than 60 people attended the event and I wanted to continue my work to ensure Fylde becomes a Dementia Friendly Community and a centre of excellence for treatment and support for those with the condition and their families and carers.

I organised a meeting this week with the Alzheimer’s Society and Fylde Borough Councillor Cheryl Little, who is portfolio holder for social wellbeing, who agreed to help me in my campaign.

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