MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

As soon as I heard about the loss of water in parts of the constituency on Sunday – something which I personally experienced -  I called United Utilities chief executive Steve Mogford to ascertain the cause of the disruption, and what measures needed to be put in place to ensure we all had access to clean drinking water.

While a lot of progress has been made in recent years, we agreed that much more needs to be done in the future to ensure the more vulnerable members of our society – the elderly and disabled – receive bottled water and information about the return of the supply.

There were plenty of updates on United Utilities’ website – but there are still a great many people who do not use the internet.

That is one of the reasons I signed up to the Keep Me Posted campaign in the general election – to make sure those not online can still get paper bills. This was another instance where electronic information may not have reached those that needed it the most. Those in need the most should have received a phone call to reassure them about the situation.

I also spoke about the need for businesses to have compensation claims looked at on a one-to-one basis. The £50 offered across the board at present is simply not enough.

I have written to residents who live on, or have access onto, South Warton Street in Lytham, following complaints about the state of the road.

While several potholes on the road have recently been patched, there are further holes which need urgently filling. I have been told of several residents falling, and some near misses with vehicles.

I have also started to receive responses from residents around the Westwood Road area after I wrote to them to discuss parking issues.

It is clear there is great frustration from residents over not being able to park outside their homes, and fears over a lack of access for emergency vehicles.

I would also like to congratulate Lytham St Annes Civic Society after its recent blue plaque placement at the site of the former Queen Mary School. I understand it is the 21st in the area – a wonderful way to ensure the history of our area is not forgotten.

Fylde’s Club Days and carnivals are coming to an end. My congratulations to all of the organisers of these events, who spend countless hours of their time ensuring these family events continue, year after year, for the benefit of us all.

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