MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I met with representatives from McCarthy and Stone, the developer behind plans to build a block of retirement apartments on a landmark site on St Annes Promenade.

Having looked over the plans, I was pleased to see that the company had worked with local people to try to come up with a plan which was acceptable to everyone.

There are certain sites in Fylde which are desperate for development and I am always pleased when a derelict piece of land is brought back to life with a scheme which is right for its local area.

I have always said that developers should be encouraged to build on brownfield sites, in spite of any difficulties they may pose, as they are often in locations which are crying out for regeneration.

I am told that we are shortly expecting a detailed planning application for homes on the former Pontins site, which has been a blot on the landscape of Fylde for a number of years.

I am looking forward to seeing what the developer comes up with because, as a key location on the entrance to St Annes, I am keen to see a development worthy of such a landmark site.

In spite of the rain threatening to ruin the party, I was delighted to be able to attend the Newton Residents Association Village Barbecue on Saturday.

The fundraiser was organised to bring in money for a legal battle against a potential travellers site planned in the village and a large number of people turned out for the event at the village hall.

I know that following my intervention the Government is looking closely at this decision and I was pleased to see the community spirit being shown by the villagers.

In Parliament this week I attended Transport Questions in the Chamber and asked the Secretary of State about plans to overhaul the South Fylde line between Preston and Blackpool South.

I use this route regularly and have recently been contacted by a number of constituents regarding the state of rolling stock, stations and issues with the timetable.

I was pleased when the Minister agreed to hold a private meeting with me where we can discuss these matters further and I hope we can make some in roads into securing improvements on the line.

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