MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

I took time this week to talk to some of Fylde’s councillors and issues on the patch.

I met with Coun Sandra Pittman where the issue of the Moss Road reared its head again.

I cannot say it enough times; the sooner it is built, the better, as has been highlighted by the traffic jams caused by roadworks on Clifton Drive these past few weeks.

I also visited Coun Ed Nash in St Annes and Coun Peter Buckley at the site of the Enterprise Zone at Blackpool Airport.

Fylde’s enterprise zones must start to perform better and we need to see jobs created on prime business land while we have the opportunity to do so.

I also visited NST on Whitehills this week, which employs around 160 people.

The travel firm organises a vast amount of travel for schoolchildren across the country, to destinations across Europe – and to my surprise, the likes of New York.

In fact, some 14,000 children have been to the Big Apple thanks to NST, and there’s 700 trips a year to London every year organised here in Fylde.

Head of Transport Mark Hodgkinson gave me an overview of the firm, how it plans every aspect of trips for schools, and some of the technology it uses. Teachers can take a phone with them that is tracked every moment, so the travel firm can see exactly where the party of schoolchildren are.

It was great to see the inner workings of such a successful local firm.

I would like to congratulate Fylde Council’s Conservative group on the decision to play no further part in the Lancashire Combined Authority.

The final decision will have to go before Full Council, but it should result in more decisions being taken locally and I was worried the combined authority proposals were not in the people of Fylde’s interests, and that we’d get a dreadful deal.

Wyre were never involved, Fylde will pull out, and I suspect more authorities are considering the way forward as well.

Lastly, I am delighted and not surprised that I will be welcoming a new Conservative MP from the North West to Parliament this week following the election of Trudy Harrison.

The future of the nuclear industry played an important role in the election and I look forward to working with her given the Springfields site here in Fylde and how important the nuclear industry is to us as well.

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