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Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
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Last week I went along to the opening of the new letting rooms at the Borough on Dalton Square.

I was really impressed by the high quality of the nine new rooms in what I understand used to be the Mayor’s house. Great to see a good local business expanding in this way.

Following on with the Mayoral theme, I attended the new Mayor making at the Town Hall. Firstly I would like to thank our out-going Mayor, Cllr June Ashworth and her daughter Alex who supported her as Mayoress, for all their hard work in representing our city throughout the year.

I would also like to wish our new Mayor, Cllr Susie Charles and her deputy Cllr Helen Helm all the best for the forthcoming year and for giving me the honour of proposing the toast to “The Mayor and the City of Lancaster”.

I also had a follow up meeting in Cockerham, to try and tackle the issue that local farmers and land owners are facing with water-logged land due to watercourses not being maintained. As many of you will know I am determined to try to cut through the red-tape and bureaucracy that we are facing with the various agencies and permissions needed to sort this out and will shortly be meeting with the Marine Management Organisation and others to try and find a speedy and satisfactory solution to the present situation.

We then need a better mechanism to enable local farmers and landowners to get maintenance on a regular basis.

Finally as part of the Political Studies Association (PSA) activities to engage young people in the study of politics, they will once again be holding their annual short film competition.

This year’s competition asks students to explore the question: “Europe - in or out?”. A Level and Higher Education students are being invited to submit short videos on this subject, with shortlisted groups being invited to The Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster to discuss the ideas raised in their video with a panel of politicians, journalists and academics.

If you would like to enter you can find full competition details @ www.psa.ac.uk .