THIS week my thoughts have once again turned to planning matters, a subject which always causes a degree of trepidation in Fylde. It comes after the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to allow two separate housing schemes in Wrea Green, which had previously been turned down by Fylde Borough Council. I felt that the inspector should give paramount importance to local opinion when deciding the outcome of these appeals and had written to him to put forward my case. Unfortunately, he decided to give the go-ahead to... Read more »

Mark Menzies visits Fylde company

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies met staff and management during a visit to a Lytham accountants. Forbes Watson Accountants and Auditors, based at the Old Saw Mill on Church Road, is approaching its second anniversary and has gone from strength to strength since director Simon Cox set up the company in 2012. The company has grown to employ four people within 18 months and is currently recruiting for a new member of the team. And Mr Menzies said he was happy to see a small enterprise flourishing in Fylde. He... Read more »
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THIS weekend I took part in the fantastic St George’s Day celebrations held in Lytham. It was a pleasure to attend the luncheon which was held in a marquee on Lytham Green and I spent a delightful afternoon in the company of BBC Radio Lancashire’s Sally Naden and all the other guests present. One of the speakers at the event was St Annes wheelchair athlete Shelly Woods who spoke about the difficulties and challenges she has faced to get where she is today. Shelly injured her spine during... Read more »

Mark Menzies’ disappointment over Wrea Green planning decisions

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has revealed his disappointment over a decision by the Planning Inspectorate to allow two new housing developments in Wrea Green. It comes after the inspector looked at four different applications for housing schemes in the village, at Bryning Lane, Ribby Road and Moss Side Lane. Ahead of the decision, the Member of Parliament had written a strong letter to the inspector urging him to follow the lead of Fylde Borough Council’s planning department and dismiss the appeals. However, this week the inspector announced that... Read more »

MP joins diabetes campaign

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies joined volunteers from the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to raise awareness of the increasing prevalence of the disease in the UK. Diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, affects more than 382m people worldwide. Unless action is taken, the IDF believes that could rise to 592m by 2035. The IDF and its member organisations –including Diabetes UK – say critical interventions are necessary to counter the increase in cases and to ensure people with diabetes receive the high quality treatment they need to avoid unnecessary... Read more »
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