Bureau boost for Fylde residents

FYLDE residents with problems now have an extra avenue for help after their local Citizens Advice Bureau extended their opening hours. Staff at the facility on Moor Street, Kirkham, are now running a triage service - telephone, drop in and appointments  – every Saturday between 10am and 1pm. The extra service, funding by the Local Strategic Partnership and Lancashire Local Gateways, is entitled Access for All, and also runs on Thursday evenings between 4pm and 7pm for appointments and triage telephone advice. Mark Menzies MP, who often holds... Read more »

MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

JOBS will undoubtedly be one of the nation’s hottest topics for a long time to come. As the Government seeks to rebalance the economy following 13 years of overspending, there will undoubtedly be uncertainty in the job market. As we all know the public sector will shrink somewhat, which will undoubtedly lead to painful job losses and a need for re-skilling. This, I am the first to acknowledge, will be extremely difficult for some people and is something that, I can assure you, the... Read more »

GUEST COLUMN FOR LANCASHIRE EVENING POST ON THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IN LANCASHIRE

A NEW era of British energy production is upon us and I’m proud to say that Lancashire stands at the very heart of it. With an increasing global commitment to reducing carbon emissions and an expected reduction in the use of fossil fuels over the coming decades, new power sources are needed to run our homes, our businesses, our transport; indeed our whole society. And Lancashire, with its diverse sources of energy production, can certainly make a huge contribution to that need. Vitally to the... Read more »

B&Q backed for jobs and training

A LOCAL B&Q store have shown off their innovative approach to their local MP. Mark Menzies MP visited B&Q on Whitehills Business Park to learn more about the way the UK’s leading home improvement and garden centre retailer works. While being shown around the store Mark was interested to hear about the company’s diversity policy, which means a quarter of B&Q’s workforce is over the age of 50 years, with a similar percentage under the age of 25.   He met Frank Edmundson, 73, and Andrew Folder, 16, the store’s... Read more »

Pledge to fight for improved services

A LOCAL MP has promised to tackle the NHS on disability issues and campaign better public services for non-computer users. Mark Menzies MP made the pledges during his latest round of meetings with parish councils. The new MP, who was elected in May, is trying his best to find out more about local issues and help to solve them and has pledged to meet every parish council in Fylde. Recently he met with Freckleton, Elswick and Wesham parish councils. In Wesham, the hot topic was a planning application for... Read more »