Focus Article August 2019

As your local Member of Parliament it is extremely important that I know what is going on and what the challenges are in the constituency. 

This is achieved in many ways, firstly via my mail bag where often residents inform me of specific problems they encounter but, there is no substitute for getting out and about meeting people.  That is why I visit many organisations including the emergency services, the NHS, places of learning, charities, businesses and so on.  Remember if you would like me to visit your organisation please contact my Office.

My constituency days are varied and often busy. Recently I have hosted constituency surgeries, visited the Police, Lancashire County Council, a local nursery and other businesses. 

One business I visited was EnviroSystems UK Ltd, a family business based in Barton, Preston which produces a unique range of eco-friendly products for livestock farmers both in the UK and overseas. 

Renewable heat is utilised at its new drying facility, Foggs Farm, in Claughton to produce ‘EnviroBed’ the company’s livestock bedding made from paper waste which won a Queens Award for Innovation in 2006. 

The company, established in 2001 by Liz Russell also manufactures biological inoculants for improving nutrient values of farm slurry and silage, as well as a range of eco-friendly hoof care products, aiding livestock wellbeing. 

It was an extremely interesting visit and I would like to thank Liz and her team for making me welcome and showing me around.    

Driving around the local area, there continues to be a great deal of work going on with regards to repairing local roads.  I do keep in touch with local County Councillors about this issue and I am hearing that work is being carried out, to not only fix faults but to ensure that larger areas are patched and the work lasts.  This is a great improvement on small pothole patching, which in my view was not cost effective. 

I am sure you are aware of the upcoming work on the Norcross roundabout by the Highways Agency. If you would like more detail please go to: 

I would like to wish Churchtown Flood Action Group all the best for a successful event this month when they celebrate the new flood defence which has been built as a result of the group’s hard work. 

The clay and concrete defence was made possible by funding from the Community Foundation, United Utilities and the Environment Agency and the event will be attended by The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Charles Shuttleworth KG KCVO. 

Churchtown FLAG, like other local flood groups, have worked extremely hard to help highlight the risk of flooding and to look at ways of improving the situation. 

Wyre Council hold regular Flood Forum meetings which gives local flood groups the opportunity to highlight issues to all agencies and put the residents view across which is extremely important.

I continue to meet residents at my advice surgeries covering a wide range of issues. Please remember if you would like to attend one the most effective way to contact me is by email, with a brief description of the issues you wish to raise and your contact details. It is worth bearing in mind that I can often offer assistance without the need for a meeting.

If I can be of any assistance to you please ring my Office at the House of Commons on 02072 195 804 or my Constituency Office on (01995) 672976, email me at  or write to me at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.