David Morris column

David Morris MP
David Morris MP

This week I was pleased to be able to invite 10 community leaders from the constituency to 10 Downing Street to reward them for all of the hard work they do in the community.

The group included a school head teacher whose school is now outstanding, representatives from Morecambe and Lunesdale’s largest employers, individuals who have turned companies around and are now taking on new staff, and Charity figures.

A tour of Number 10 Downing Street is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was brilliant to say thank you to people who work tirelessly every day for our local community.

On Friday I met with United Utilities for an update on their plans for a treated sewage outflow in Heysham.

At the moment there are four sites they are discussing one of which still being an outflow at Sunderland Point. The final decision will be made in mid-February along with the science for each option after United Utilities present the options to the Environment Agency.

Their preferred option will then be submitted as a planning application.

I have been very clear to United Utilities that I will not be able to accept the outfall at Sunderland Point and that I will fight the plans all the way if that becomes their preferred option. At the moment it is down to engineering reasons but United Utilities do not want to proceed with an option which is unpopular with the local population.

On Friday I also met with Evelyn Archer at the Winter Gardens to talk about the heating they want to install.

At the moment English Heritage will not let the trust put a hole in the wall for a heating duct, which means there is no heating during performances.

I know many of you experienced this on Saturday during the fundraising gig for the hospice. I will be meeting with English Heritage to push the case for the Winter Gardens as this heating system is vital to enable the venue, to put on shows all year round.

If you need to contact me please call 01524 841225 or email david.morris.mp@parliament.uk