£17m university cash is massive opportunity

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Last week in Parliament Tatham Fells Primary School paid a visit to do both a tour and a question and answer session. Once again it was great to welcome a local school down to London and I hope that both students and staff alike enjoyed their visit as much as I did.

Locally I was able to do another student Q & A, this time with the Lancaster Girls Grammar School. As usual this was a very well prepared and thought out session and I will be the first to admit that the girls certainly put me through my paces with issues about examinations and transport high on the agenda.

While out and about I also had the opportunity to call in to see the Station Manager at Lancaster Station to discuss proposed improvements. It was good to hear that there are plans ‘afoot’ as such to increase the available station parking spaces, which will hopefully further reduce commuter parking on surrounding roads.

It was also great to learn that the track improvements a few months ago are working well with trains now able to turn round at Lancaster when needed. We did talk about the need for some extra paintwork on parts of the station which I am pleased to say is also being given serious consideration.

With the weather being so great over the weekend it was good to be able to call in to the family open day at Nazareth House. As many of you will know this Nursing and Care Home is run by the Sisters of Nazareth and runs alongside the Nazareth Day Nursery. It was great to be able to see the contribution that this caring establishment makes to our community and I would like to thank all the Sisters and volunteers for all their hard work and commitment.

Finally I can’t finish this week’s column without saying how delighted I am that the Government has awarded the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership £17 million for a Health Innovations Park at Lancaster University. As many of you will know I have been supporting the idea of an Innovations Park at the university for several years and I really do feel that this money will provide a massive opportunity to finally get this project off the ground.