Cllr Peter Anthony, Robin Osterley and Mark Menzies MP


This week I met with Robin Osterley, the Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, in Lytham, as part of my ongoing campaign to stop the proliferation of charity shops on Britain’s high streets. I was joined by Councillor Peter Anthony, who understands the significance of this issue, having run a shop in the centre of the town for several years. Mr Osterley and I agree on the value of charity shops, which each raise thousands of pounds a year for good causes and provide an important... Read more »

Fylde MP asks Secretary of State for assurances on shale gas regulations

Fylde MP Mark Menzies asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what powers the Environment Agency has to close down shale gas wells that are in breach of environmental regulations. The Member of Parliament has consistently argued that companies drilling for shale gas should be subject to stringent restrictions. He raised the issue as a matter of urgency with the Secretary of State during Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Questions in Parliament. Mr Menzies said: “The Secretary of State will be aware that consent has been given... Read more »

Mark Menzies MP urges Secretary of State to dismiss Fylde shale gas site

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has said plans for a proposed shale gas site at Roseacre Wood should be thrown out following a public inquiry into the scheme. This week the Planning Inspectorate released its findings following an appeal by Cuadrilla Resources after Lancashire County Council dismissed the company’s application for two exploration sites at Roseacre and at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. The Secretary of State then followed advice from the inspector and gave the go-ahead to the application for Little Plumpton, while delaying a decision on... Read more »


This week I was delighted to be able to attend the official opening of the fantastic new play area and gardens in Freckleton Memorial Park. It was excellent to see so many local people attend the event, which was the culmination of months of hard work by the Friends of Freckleton Memorial Park and funding from various generous benefactors. The new play area has equipment for children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Meanwhile, seating and benches for the older generations have also been put in... Read more »

Fylde MP visits Iraq to meet persecuted Christians

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has visited war-torn Iraq to see the devastation caused by ISIS and meet persecuted Christians who have been forced to flee their homes. During the fact-finding mission, the Member of Parliament spoke to displaced families at the Ashty 2 Camp, Ankawa, Erbil, where 5,500 people are forced to live in 1,088 housing units. Mr Menzies, who is a member of the Catholic Legislators' Network, was invited on the visit by the charity Aid to the Church in Need, to highlight the plight of... Read more »