David Morris column

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of my constituents.

he Government this week allocated the increase in funding for the NHS to individual CCG’s, 2015-16 Lancashire North CCG will see an increase of 1.94 per cent.

On Thursday I secured the last debate before Christmas in Westminster Hall on the future of Carnforth Station.

I have been working with Peter Yates MBE and the local community in Carnforth to get the mainline platforms put back.

This is so the First Trans Pennine Express train from Preston to Windermere and back to stop in Carnforth.

At the moment at Carnforth to go north to Kendal or Windermere you have to go south to Lancaster and then back north through Carnforth.

The debate was productive as Dr Therese Coffey MP speaking on behalf of the Department of Transport said that there is funding in the department which can be applied for for projects such as this but only the County Council or the Enterprise Partnership can apply for it.

At the moment the County Council has not indicated Carnforth station is one of their priorities, so I will be pushing for a meeting with them to ensure the priories of the people of Carnforth are actioned.

On Friday I visited the site for the M6 Link road in Halton to see how the project is progressing.

I was really impressed with the dedication of the Costain’s team and how quickly they are coming along with the road.

The road has already brought fantastic economic benefits to the area and once it is built in Summer 2016 the benefits to the area will rocket.

Speaking to the project manager it is clear that the team working on the project want to benefit the local area as much as possible.

90 per cent of the Costain Labour workforce have an LA postcode and they have created 72 new jobs for people who are unemployed, and this figure is constantly rising.

If you need my help or advice I can be contacted on 01524 841225 or by email david.morris.mp@parliament.uk.