Over Wyre Focus - June 2016

It was a delight to welcome Churchtown’s Festival Rose Queen, Ellie Singleton, to Parliament this month. Unfortunately for Ellie and her family, the weather was better in Lancashire than London during their trip. I hope the sun makes an appearance for all the upcoming Festivals and Galas, although I know from first-hand experience that the weather is not always kind to us in Lancashire!

My mail bag has been full with many issues including a number of planning concerns. On planning, I have recently met with the Planning Authority, Wyre Council in order to highlight the many concerns of residents throughout the borough. Driving around the borough, I continue to share resident’s concerns about the state of the Highways and the local Highway infrastructure. I am also meeting with Highways England shortly in order to discuss the A585.

The issue of buses and Lancashire County Council’s complete withdrawal of bus services continues to be a matter of serious concern. Living rurally has many benefits but also presents challenges. I know how important these services are and please be assured that I am continuing to make representations to the County Council and local bus companies to try and secure alternative services and routes.

Farmers have been contacting me about many issues and I am making representations to the Secretary of State and Rural Payments Agency, continuing to push the Government to ensure local farmers get a fair deal and receive the support they require. Please do contact me if I can be of any assistance to you.

I have also enjoyed visiting schools recently discussing many issues including testing and standards in schools. I have said many times, we are extremely fortunate here to have so many outstanding schools in our area. I believe it is my role to listen and pass on any concerns from schools to Ministers.

It was a pleasure to visit Garstang St Thomas’ year 4 class to discuss democracy following an invitation from a pupil at the school. Speaking to school groups is always a pleasant task although sometimes challenging!

Trinity Hospice and Palliative Care Services provides an amazing service and I was humbled to visit again recently and meet some of the staff who do such an amazing job in very difficult circumstances.

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 e-mail, with a brief description of the issues and your contact details. Although often I can address issues 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 0207 219 5804 or my Constituency Office on 01995 672977, email me at wallaceb@parliament.uk or write to me at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.