The weather has most certainly taken an autumnal turn in recent days, demonstrated most dramatically by the damage to the windmill at Lytham which I hope can be repaired quickly.
Wet weather, with the kind of heavy downpours we have seen in recent days, is a reminder of the risk flooding poses across the Fylde and I’m keen to ensure action is taken by the authorities responsible, to protect homes and businesses.
In the coming week I’ll be welcoming the Minister responsible to the constituency to discuss some of the projects already in the pipeline and to make clear the need for further works, particularly where we have repeated issues with surface water.
The impact of Government investment can already be seen with work well underway on a number of vital roads schemes. It was particularly good to receive an update on the M55 link road where the first signs of a carriageway are taking shape.
Around Singleton too good progress is being made on the £155m bypass which will tackle the jams on Mains Lane. From Lodge Lane the route of the new dual carriageway is clear to see. Both schemes are due for completion in 2023 and alongside the Preston West Distributor will improve motorway connections for many Fylde residents, boosting the Fylde economy.
It’s pleasing to see consultants appointed to draw up regeneration proposals for St Annes Town Centre and The Island site. I’m keen not only for a retail revival but to see upper floors around The Square brought into use whether as new office or residential space. I’ll be approaching the Government to identify potential funding for such a scheme.
Plans for Kirkham are also taking shape. I share the concerns of businesses in the town that the public realm proposals don’t cover the whole length of Poulton street and am pressing Lancashire County Council to make funding available to complete the town’s masterplan.
Elsewhere, it was disappointing to see young people in Lytham and St Annes targeted by protesters outside the high school. I respect the right to protest and for everyone to hold their own opinion on vaccines.
Ray Baker is an excellent headteacher with the best interests of students at heart. I hope those involved will respect his views regarding pupil safety and that no more demonstrations will take place around the school.