MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

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This week I have been busy liaising with those involved in the current water supply issues affecting Fylde and the wider area.

I have asked for regular updates from United Utilities and senior executives have assured me that they are working hard to return supply to normal. I know the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, has spoken to the Chief Executive twice this week and I have been in touch with colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to ensure they are keeping the pressure on the company to resolve these issues as soon as possible.

I understand that the water treatment works at Franklaw is now clear of contamination but minute traces of cryptosporidium have still been found in the wider system. While it is critical normal supply returns quickly, it is equally important that no risks should be taken with public health.

This week saw the return of Lytham’s popular 1940s Weekend, capping a successful festival and fete season in Fylde as thousands of people showed up, many in their finest wartime regalia.

Research by Marketing Lancashire has revealed that last year visitors spent £214.3m in Fylde, supporting 2,167 jobs.

That shows how important tourism is to our local economy and successful events such as the 1940s weekend and the recent Lytham Festival all contribute to attracting people to our fantastic towns and villages.

On Sunday I attended a fundraiser for Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary at the Station Tavern in Lytham, which itself had been decked out in wartime paraphernalia.

The charity – which rehomed 285 abandoned animals last year – may be forced to close down after the land on which it sits was sold and the new owner chose not to renew its lease. Work is ongoing to find a new site but moving will cost money and the sanctuary is in the process of raising the funds needed to finance the move.

The sanctuary provides a great service and has found loving new homes for hundreds of abandoned animals over the years. If we were to lose Easterleigh it would be sadly missed.

I have also this week been out collecting money for another charity I am involved with.

The Queendeans has supported a large number of worthy causes around the Fylde coast for many years and I am proud to be patron of the organisation which recently helped raise funds for a new neck and throat scanner for Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP joins Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary for a fundraiser at the Station Tavern, Lytham

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