Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

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Last week I called in to the Maritime Museum on St George’s Quay to see the Lost Dock Exhibition and take a look around.

Although I have visited the museum in the past it always reminds me of what a bustling harbour there used to be here in Lancaster but it is certainly a must for that visit with children during these school holidays.

I also met with local residents in Thurnham to discuss the problems they are having with motorbikes speeding along the A588 and the noise that they generate.

I know that this can be a problem on this route and all the way up the Lune Valley past Caton.

It may mean the regulations governing vehicle noise may have to be tightened but at the moment I am looking into what the police are able to do both with the speeding and the noise.

While in the area I also took the chance to call into the Cockerham Village show which is now in its 52nd year.

As usual it was a great day with a large number of exhibits.

From the arts and crafts entries to the floral displays right through to the home grown vegetables and home-made cakes it really did show how much effort people have made to enter the show. My thanks to the organisers, my congratulations to the winners, just a pity there were no samples available from the ‘home made tipples’ section.

Finally on Monday I was delighted to be asked to do the official opening of the Orchard on Pathfinders Drive.

This newly refurbished residential mental health facility provides 18 ensuite bedrooms for both men and women in a relaxed and tranquil environment.

This is part of a wider NHS scheme to deliver better mental health facilities within Lancashire while at the same time helping to breakdown the stigma that people can too easily feel who suffer from this form of illness.

My thanks to all the staff at the Orchard for their hard work and a special thanks to the volunteers who having been through the system are now willing to put something back themselves.