MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

This week has been extremely busy in Parliament as MPs and Ministers try to get last minute business wrapped up ahead of the Christmas break.

One of my most important meetings was with the Roads Minister, Andrew Jones MP, to discuss progress on the new M55 Lytham St Annes Link Road.

Since the current “moss road” was closed almost three years ago due to safety issues, the surrounding road network has struggled to cope with the amount of extra diverted traffic.

Following the closure, I supported Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s proposals to build a new road and helped convince ministers to put up £2m Government funding towards the scheme. However, work has not progressed as quickly as I would have liked and I recently went to see the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss the matter.

Following that meeting I wanted to make sure that we were getting all the Government support available so arranged to meet the Roads Minister to ensure the wider department was aware of the issues.

The minister was extremely supportive and said he would write to all those involved in this project to ensure they were working hard to move it forward. While this road is vitally important to the people of Fylde, it is also crucial that the Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council prove they are able to deliver when applying for Government funding for major infrastructure projects.

On Friday, I was delighted to be asked to read the last lesson at the St Annes Christmas Carol Service at St Margaret of Antioch Church.

While we all enjoy the annual celebrations associated with Christmas, I always find that attending church services is a worthwhile reminder of the Christian values behind the festivities, and the quality of the singing was first class at this year’s event.

Following the service, I attended Fylde Cllr Vivienne Willder’s charity Christmas party, to raise money for local charity Homestart and WaterAid, at the Bedford Hotel in St Annes.

Homestart does excellent work with vulnerable families across the Fylde coast and I am proud to be patron of the charity. I also know that the Government has agreed to match any money donated to WaterAid before February 10th so it is a good time to support such a worthwhile cause.

I would like to finish this week by passing on my very best wishes for a merry Christmas to all.

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