MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I have been extremely busy attending a variety of events in Fylde alongside my work in Parliament.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to walk in the procession through St Annes for Civic Sunday with new Mayor Cllr Kevin Eastham where I took the opportunity to congratulate him on his recent appointment. Following the parade, a service was held at The Drive Methodist Church where we were made to feel very welcome by the Minister and the rest of the church community.

On Saturday afternoon I headed to Kirkham for the annual Club Day which appeared to be as busy as ever and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers for their sterling efforts, without which events like this would not be able to continue. Saturday also saw the crowning of the Elswick Rose Queen, Bethany Mason, and I wish her all the best for her year in office.

Like MPs, councillors often hold surgeries where they meet members of the public. On Saturday, I attended a surgery hosted by Cllr Julie Brickles in Warton and had the pleasure of meeting a number of local residents and discussing some issues they were having.

One ongoing issue in Warton is that of the borough council’s developing Local Plan and the number of new homes proposed for the village in the draft document released last year. Since then I have had a number of meetings with council and community leaders where I have suggested that the figure was too large and I believe my opinions have been taken on board. I will continue to support the council and the local residents as they work towards a positive resolution.

In Parliament, I have been busy organising my meeting with the Transport Secretary to discuss long-overdue improvements to the South Fylde Line.

The route has suffered over the years while stations have been allowed to degrade and rolling stock has not been modernised and I believe work must be undertaken to facilitate a more frequent service.

This link to Lytham St Annes and rural Fylde is used by a great number of people and I would love to hear their thoughts on how it can be improved.

If you would like me to add anything when I meet with the Transport Secretary then please email me at mark.menzies.mp@parliament.uk or call my office on (01253) 729846.

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