David Morris column

David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.
David Morris, Morecambe and Lunesdale MP.

I was disappointed to see that the Visitor recently ran an article about local businessman David Brayshaw calling for a reduction in business rates.

David is someone I know, as I helped behind the scenes with the Morecambe Carnival which was a fantastic success.

Having looked into it, I am pleased to have now established that Mr Brayshaw should not be paying business rates.

Infact, from October 2010 to April 2014 small business rate relief has been doubled – helping half a million small firms.

If you are concerned you are paying too much rates, please check with the City Council.

Recently, Peter Yates MBE from Carnforth accompanied me to a meeting with Virgin Trains to discuss Carnforth Station.

Peter and I met with Rupert Brennan-Brown Head of Virgin stake holdings.

I am pleased that all of the stake holders and all rail operators are amenable to services stopping at Carnforth but it’s up to the County Council to fund a feasibility study for network rail to act, especially to restore the platforms on the West Coast Main Line. I hope that the County Council will include Carnforth in the transport masterplan for the region.

Now that construction of the much anticipated £124.5 Million Heysham M6 Link Road is well underway, I am keen to promote other infrastructure projects here in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

We must keep in mind that under the previous Labour Government the area was starved of investment.

Education Minister Edward Timpson confirmed to me in the House of Commons that £83 Million has been invested by the Government in Lancashire on basic need funding between 2011–12 and 2016–2017.

This is excellent news and reflective of how highly the Government values education here in Lancashire.

Parliament is now in recess and I am looking forward to touring the constituency, please keep an eye on my website to find out where I will be and when.