Eric Ollerenshaw column: Farmers are still concerned about prices they are getting

Eric Ollerenshaw MP
Eric Ollerenshaw MP

Last week I attended the annual meeting and annual dinner of the Wyreside Farmers Group with was held at Springfield House in Pilling.

The better weather this summer has certainly helped our local farmers but the small dairy businesses are still worried about the low prices being paid for their milk.

I am hoping the new Government Adjudication System with its independent ombudsman will help level the playing field between farmers and supermarkets.

I also met with a local Disability Forum for a question and answer session and also to discuss some of their concerns locally. One of the subjects that was raised was services available to local disabled and elderly people who live in our more rural areas.

Representing such a diverse constituency as Lancaster and Fleetwood, the ability of people in rural areas to access the full range of services is a problem that I can see is on the increase.

The issue of public transport both in and out of town was raised as still a significant issue for many,and certainly is raised with me fairly frequently at surgeries.

Something that perhaps needs a boroughwide if not a countywide investigation. But I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the hard working volunteers in our towns and villages who put their time and effort into providing much need contact services for elderly and disabled people such as coffee mornings and clubs – what would we do without these unsung heroes!

Locally and nationally I am supporting a new initiative to recognise the contribution of small businesses – with the “your favourite small business” awards.

So, if you know of a small business that you feel is doing a great job, be it a local shop, a small manufacturer, a small service company etc, if you feel you would like to put them forward please do so by visiting www.yourfavouritesmallbusiness.com.

Finally, a date for your diaries – tomorrow, Friday, starting at 5pm, Chris Skidmore, historian and author will be giving a talk on his latest book – Bosworth – Birth of the Tudors at Lancaster Castle. Tickets are available from Waterstones in King Street, but places are limited.