THE MP for Morecambe has backed our Visitor campaign to Support Our Shops.
David Morris has pledged to lobby Parliament to help our struggling retailers.
Mr Morris also said he would highlight the #SOSMorecambe campaign in the Commons and look to bring about a debate on cutting car parking fees in shopping areas and reducing business rates for shopkeepers.
“I think more people should know about the businesses here in Morecambe and support them,” said Mr Morris.
“We are a special town, and not just for the unique view across the Bay.”
To help launch our campaign, the MP paid a visit to Pinocchio’s toy shop on Morecambe promenade.
Mr Morris spoke to manager Alan House about some of the issues facing the town’s small independent retailers.
“I love the traditional toys on offer here,” said Mr Morris.
“This is the kind of specialist business more people need to know about.”
Mr House, whose shop has been open for nearly 10 years, said: “I think a campaign is a great idea. It will inspire other people to set up businesses in Morecambe, especially at this time of year when they can get a shop in the Winter Gardens area for a discounted rate just to start them off.
“I agree there are a number of problems, like car parking. It costs me £1,000 per year to park near my shop.
“There should be permits for traders.”