MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

Fylde MP Mark Menzies with Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris, and Cllr Raymond Thomas

I was at AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm Ground to see the Coasters stamp their authority on the National League North at weekend.

It is great to see a Fylde coast team doing so well, a thumping 4-1 win over Altrincham, and in such great facilities.

The stadium and the infrastructure around it are improving all the time, and I note a new application for improved parking at the site has recently been lodged.

With a new supermarket, petrol station, bar and restaurant, and the sports facilities, this site is going from strength to strength.

And with the players going from strength to strength on the pitch, there’s no doubt next season will be a National League campaign – and hopefully from there, League Two football.

I attended a very powerful multi-faith commemoration at St Annes Hebrew Congregation to mark Holcaust Memorial Day.

I was pleased to see students from Fylde schools involved in the service, and it was an honour to hear Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh speak.

We must never forget the atrocities Hitler inflicted on society – it is the best way of helping ensure the same does not happen again.

I also attended Fylde Conservative’s Annual Luncheon, held at Fylde Rugby Club.

My thanks go to Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris for giving his time up to be our guest speaker and entertaining the guests.

This week, I also went to see Jill Gray, the principal of Blackpool Sixth Form College, given the situation we have at Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College.

It is evident, from the 49 responses to the consultation over the mooted loss of A Levels at the school, that there is not outrage at the proposals.

When I first heard of the plan to scrap A Levels, due to the budget constraints at the school, I was concerned.

However, I understand more than ever now why it is becoming increasingly difficult for schools to compete with colleges such as Blackpool Sixth.

There is already a large number of students at Blackpool Sixth from the High School.

Some 40 per cent of students at Blackpool Sixth take a mix of A Levels and BTech qualifications, in an environment more like a university campus, something many young people have told me is a huge draw for them. And 85 per cent of those who attend go on to higher education.

Whatever happens to the sixth form provision at the high school – and it will still sadden me if it does go – I believe we must look at the alternatives as positives.

 

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