MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Today it is three weeks since a boiled water notice was put in place affecting Fylde and the wider area.

While it is critical that no risks are taken over people’s health, I have informed United Utilities that I do not believe that is good enough and that it must do everything it can to make sure we get clean water from our taps back running as soon as possible.

I understand that the company is slowly getting to the stage where the notice may be lifted but I have spoken to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and asked for a full investigation to be carried out.

I know the Secretary of State is also having daily conversations with the Chief Executive of United Utilities and the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water and I have been assured the Minister is also keeping the pressure on the company to resolve these issues as soon as possible.

The Drinking Water Inspectorate, overseen by the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, is leading the investigation and will provide an independent report on the cause with recommendations on required resolutions, including taking appropriate action against the company.

As someone who lives in St Annes with his elderly mother I am acutely aware of what an inconvenience this is to everyone and have been assured it is the focus of those at the highest level of Government.

This weekend I spoke to local supporters at the Conservative Association Strawberry Tea about the aims and ambitions of the Government in the coming Parliament. It was an excellent event and the attendance of the late summer sun was particularly welcomed by all.

On Sunday I was delighted to be asked to attend the birthday celebrations for Katie Fieldhouse at the Clifton Arms Hotel. I worked closely with Katie, a former Deputy Mayor of Fylde and past president of Fylde Soroptomist and Lytham St Annes Business and Professional Women, recently on my search for the area’s Woman of the Year and value her friendship and commitment to Fylde.

I would like to take this opportunity to send my condolences to the friends and family of those killed in the Shoreham Airshow crash this weekend.

It is only two weeks ago that I mentioned the success of Blackpool Airshow in this column and Saturday’s tragedy reminds us all how important the safety controls surrounding these events are.

I understand the Civil Aviation Authority is conducting a full review of civil air display safety which I believe is appropriate in these circumstances.

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