David Morris column: Now’s the time to make your views known on school

David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP
David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale MP

You will be aware that I have written extensively about the campaign to save Skerton Community High School in this column in recent weeks. I am campaigning along with the parents and governors to save the school.

The Lancashire County Council consultation will open soon so please do respond to it by writing to the county council, but, also by writing to your local county councillor.

This week is National Eye Health Week. I visited Philip Jones Opticians in Carnforth to have my eyes tested and to raise awareness of eye health generally. Philip explained to me that even people who have what they consider to be healthy eyes should have their eyes tested regularly in much the same way as someone with healthy teeth would visit the dentist.

One of the statistics that is quoted by the organisers of National Eye Health Week is that 50 % of UK blindness is avoidable. I also spoke to one of Mr Jones’ patients who had her eyesight saved when Mr Jones was able to identify a condition called Temporal Arteritis.

A few weeks ago, when I was on my summer tour a number of constituents expressed concern that they’d like more trains to stop at Silverdale.

I have been speaking to Silverdale Parish Council and we will be making available a petition which I will present to the rail companies who operate through Silverdale Station.

I hope to be in a position to distribute the petition soon and I would urge you to sign it or if you would like a copy of the petition to ask your friends and neighbours to sign, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Friday was a particularly enjoyable day. We unveiled a plaque in memory of one of Morecambe’s most famous daughters Dame Thora Hird. I was pleased to see a lot of people came to watch.

I would urge people to come and have a look at the plaque which is outside the Eric Bartholomew pub just yards from where Dame Thora was born.

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