Mark Menzies asks Chancellor and minister for tourism support

Fylde MP Mark Menzies spoke with both the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston to discuss the phased reopening of tourism facilities - when safe to do so.

Mr Menzies took part in the meetings in the last week to press the case for more help for coastal towns and caravan sites.

He said: “I made an appeal to the tourism minister for more help for our coastal communities because it is here that we see a much shorter tourism season, far more so than the likes of country house hotels and other tourism attractions.

“I told him we need a strong marketing campaign four our coastal communities along the lines of ‘Bounce Back Britain’ to attract people back to our coastal gems – when it is safe to do so.

“I also spoke to him about the need for a phased reopening for our businesses.”

Mr Menzies added: “I told the minister and Chancellor we were looking at some small pedestrianisation schemes to better manage outdoor space and allow restaurants to open up with socially-distanced tables and chairs.

“I also highlighted the fact we have many static and touring caravan sites which have the perfect space for people to remain socially-isolated while taking a trip from home.

“As a result of my conversations with the Chancellor and Tourism minister, I have written this week to several businesses across various industries to get more insight into the situation now, and how best they believe we can move forward with a phased reopening of services.”