My Week in Westminster

We are at a momentous day for the M55 link road. Lancashire County Council’s cabinet will sign off the first £11 million of works for the construction of this £24 million scheme.

We’ve already had close to £1 million of pre-works completed, and this will launch the tender process for the earthworks on the scheme.

It has been a long and difficult process so far, with the fully-funded scheme actually losing two of its funding packages earlier this year. I lobbied the Prime Minister, Chancellor and senior ministers to get that funding back and I’m delighted to see the Government listened and replaced it in full.

The awarding of the tender means we will see workers on site and starting construction of this road.

I am increasingly concerned at the level of water in our drains here in Fylde.

I’ve been contacted by farmers highlighting the level of waters in Main Drain, Liggard Brook and Wrea Brook among others.

I am pleased to see Lancashire County Council officers are to look into the issues in Wrea Green, but it is clear far more needs to be done.

I have written to the Environment Agency, United Utilities and Lancashire County Council to ask for a full-scale review of Fylde. There are multiple issues at play. Our drains are getting blocked and do not have the capacity we need; I also believe we may need an entirely new drain to help remove rainwater from Fylde.

The flood authorities must work together to identify the areas which are causing flooding to farming land and to homes in the borough.