MP in homes site visit

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies was impressed by the quality construction on display when he visited a new development of social housing in St Annes. The Member of Parliament joined town mayor Cllr Vivienne Willder on a tour of the Progress Housing scheme on St David’s Road North. The site is currently approaching completion with the first tenants expected to move into properties in mid-July. During the visit, the invited guests were shown around one house before being taken on a walking tour of the project to look at... Read more »

Mark Menzies praises organisers after soccer event

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has praised the organisers of a football tournament for disabled people following a successful event this weekend. The Member of Parliament was on hand to present the trophies to the winning teams after the final whistle at Seafield playing fields in Lytham on Saturday. And he was delighted, not just by the efforts of those who took to the field, but by the hard work put in by all those behind the scenes who were instrumental in pulling the tournament together. Mr Menzies added:... Read more »


THIS week I met with representatives from McCarthy and Stone, the developer behind plans to build a block of retirement apartments on a landmark site on St Annes Promenade. Having looked over the plans, I was pleased to see that the company had worked with local people to try to come up with a plan which was acceptable to everyone. There are certain sites in Fylde which are desperate for development and I am always pleased when a derelict piece of land is brought back to life... Read more »

MP backs local football tournament

A GROUP of football stars from teams including Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Fleetwood Town and Bradford City will meet for a tournament in Lytham this weekend. But it will be a sporting event with a difference at the Seafield playing fields on Saturday as the teams competing will be made up of players with a range of disabilities. The annual event is the brainchild of Luca Lanzani, who works as a sports coach for the Ormerod Group in St Annes and manages four football teams for disabled people... Read more »


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 »