Last week I attended a ‘read-in’ at Ansdell Library to protest against Lancashire County Council’s decision to curtail library services, a decision which could see facilities close in Fylde. I was extremely disappointed the county council chose to target libraries as part of its budget process this year and want to see the authority think creatively to ensure we maintain the high levels of service we currently have. I have been in contact with local councillors in all affected areas in Fylde to urge them to support... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP joins new shale gas regulation group

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has joined a new group set up to campaign for greater regulation of the shale gas industry. The role of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Shale Gas Regulation and Planning will be to press for improved and transparent regulation of the industry. The group will also hold the industry to account and make sure that the local economy, tranquillity and beauty of the countryside is protected if shale gas exploration is to move forward in areas of the UK. Mr Menzies said:... Read more »

Fylde MP: We must control number of charity shops on our high streets

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies hosted a Parliamentary debate on the future of British high streets and raised concerns over the proliferation of charity shops in UK town centres. During the Westminster Hall debate, Mr Menzies said Britain is "increasingly becoming a nation of charity shopkeepers" and the Government needs to act to address the "unequal balance" between charity shops and small retailers. The Member of Parliament highlighted the issue as ever greater numbers of charity shops open on Fylde’s high streets and said shoppers were now suffering... Read more »

Mark Menzies welcomes plans for Healthy New Town in Fylde

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies said he was delighted a planned housing development close to the M55 motorway has been named an NHS-backed “Healthy New Town”. The 1,400 home Whyndyke Farm scheme is one of ten developments chosen by Public Health England from 114 applicants to form part of the new programme. The overall project will see the NHS help shape the way these new sites develop, so as to test creative solutions for the health and care challenges of the 21st century, including in areas such as... Read more »
David Cameron visits BAE in Preston

Fylde MP welcomes Prime Minister to Warton aerodrome

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies welcomed David Cameron to BAE Systems in Warton where the Prime Minister spoke to local workers about his campaign to remain in the European Union. Mr Cameron told a gathering of staff and journalists that jobs could be put at risk if Britain leaves the EU and said being part of Europe made the UK “safer and stronger”. Following the event, Mr Menzies said his decision to support Prime Minister was only taken after careful consideration of both sides of the debate. He added:... Read more »
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