In the last few weeks I have been asking questions about the Chatsworth Gardens project in Parliament, as after money was awarded in 2012 and I ring-fenced it to be spent on that project, no work has been commenced.
In the meantime residents in the West End of Morecambe have been let down by Lancaster City Council as the area owned by the council is empty and increasly falling into a worse state.
Lancaster City Council have now announced that they are going to start building in the next few weeks.
I feel very strongly that the residents in the West End should receive some form of council tax rebate from Lancaster City Council for the period since 2012 where the council had money in place but did not start any regeneration work.
I will be pressing for this rebate in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday last week I attended a business lunch at SHP Limited on White Lund Industrial Estate.
SHP are a local firm which specialise in recycling IT equipment.
SHP is going from strength to strength at the moment and Simon and Craig who run the company are currently in the process of creating nine new jobs all of which they will be looking to recruit local people.
The current chairman of the company is Lord Digby Jones the former chair of the CBI.
Lord Digby Jones was present at the meeting and we discussed the current improvements in the economy and how this has helped business.
On Friday I had a meeting with the development manager for the regional branch of the Federation of small businesses.
I expressed my support for their #ibacksmallbuisness campaign and listened to the federation’s ideas of how Government can improve legislation for self-employed people, in my role as self-employed ambassador to the Government.
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