Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Last week in Parliament I spoke up in the debate on Access to Ports with particular reference to Glasson Dock and the state of the B5290 access road which is in an appalling state of disrepair.

As many of you will know Glasson Dock, although a small port, is a thriving one, primarily dealing with the raw materials for animal feedstuff plus some general cargoe for the Isle of Man. I hope that, with the extra £2.3 million given to Lancashire County Council as part of the Budget to repair local roads, then this particular road gets some priority at last.

This debate also gave me the opportunity to call for a national strategy for small ports, such as Glasson Dock.

Currently, a strategy for the bigger national ports has been developed and is being implemented.

I believe that our smaller ports, nationwide, would be better served by having a strategy designed to support their needs together with one to encourage more coastal shipping. But I also took the opportunity to complement Lancaster Port Authority on its success in maintaining this working Port.

Finally, I also met with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to discuss future events as part of the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War. There is a national campaign to switch off lights at 11pm on August 4 to commemorate the start of this terrible event and to mark Edward Grey’s famous words – “The lights are going out all over Europe.”

There is also a campaign to highlight the number of graves scattered across our local area with war grave headstones for soldiers who died from their wounds while at home.

In Lancaster, I met with the manager Susie Bunting, manager of Lancaster’s Business Improvement District (BID) and Vicky Lofthouse from our local Chamber to discuss the progress that has been made so far and their plans for the future. Local, independant trade is vital for our City and it was good to hear about the work that is being carried out to promote this and attract more visitors to our town, with the Christmas light up ceremony being a great example.