David Morris column: Money better spent on frontline

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

Thank you to Neil from Opus Land (North) who came to visit me last week. Neil has proposals to redevelop the former Frontierland site which will mean job creation and £17million investment.

I support Neil’s plans and will look forward to working with him and his team. I first started to negotiate with Morrisons back in 2011 about redeveloping this site.

I have tabled a Parliamentary motion which calls on Lancashire County Council to reconsider its decision to reallocate a £3.7million budget that was put aside for 48 PCSOs or 30 police constables and instead the county council proposes to spend £6million on 27 Early Action Response Officers, many of whom will be social workers. You can read the full text of my motion below.

“That this House notes that Lancashire County Council (LCC) has reallocated a budget of £3.7million originally intended to create 48 Police Community Support Officers or 30 police constables to fund the creation of 27 Early Action Response officer (EARo) posts at a cost of £6 million; further notes that most of the EARos will be social workers; believes that this budget would have been far better spent on frontline community policing; and calls on LCC to reconsider this decision.”

Also last week, I spent some time on the buses. I am disappointed that Lancashire County Council plans to withdraw funding for a number of vital bus services. Services passing through Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and rural villages such as Nether Kellet will be affected.

I am grateful to Stagecoach for allowing me access to their buses and grateful to the many constituents who signed my petition which I will present to Parliament. If you would like to sign my petition you can find out more details on my website www.davidmorrismp.co.uk.

On Friday I visited the new Vets 4 Pets surgery which is in Pets at Home. Thank you to all the staff for making me so welcome. It was interesting to have a look around and meet some of the patients. I was very impressed with the technology in the practice. I wish the partners all the very best.

If you would like to contact me, my number is 01524 841225 or email david.morris.mp@parliament.uk