MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

THIS week I was absolutely delighted with the news that the new M55 to Lytham St Annes link road had been given the go ahead as part of the Government’s Growth Deals announced this week.

Since coming to Parliament I have been continually pushing for this road to be built and have had regular meetings on the subject with Lancashire County Council, Fylde Borough Council and developers, during which I have urged them all to come to an arrangement which would see a new highway put in place.

While this has been an issue for many years, the recent closure of the current moss road has caused a number of issues on our road network and made it even more apparent something needed to be done.

It was a pleasure to have the Transport Secretary, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin, in Fylde to make the announcement on Monday and myself and the Leader of Fylde Borough Council, Cllr David Eaves, were able to take him on a short walk along the closed section of the road to show him exactly why the area has been crying out for a new highway.

This is certainly the culmination of months of hard work behind the scenes, both in Westminster and with elected members locally, to get everything in place to move forward and I am sure Fylde will now get the road it deserves.

On Friday, I, like many others, attended the funeral of Second World War RAF veteran Sidney Marshall after an appeal in the Lytham St Annes Express asked people to come along and pay their respects.

I was pleased to see so many people had made the effort to attend as it is so important we continue to remember the great service these men and women did for our country and we must ensure they continue to be treated with the honour they deserve.

While we have been enjoying the beautiful summer weather recently thoughts of flooding may seem a million miles away, but this is an issue which is still very much in the minds of local farmers.

On Friday, I held a meeting with a small group to discuss what affect the work done to replace the pen stocks at Lytham Road bridge earlier this year has had on reducing the water levels in fields locally.

I was disappointed to hear that local farmers felt the work had had little impact and agreed to write to the Secretary of State to inform him of the situation and ask what could be done to improve things as we will not always enjoy such balmy conditions.

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