Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw.
Eric Ollerenshaw.

Last week in Parliament I managed to once again raise the issues we are having with the roll out of superfast broadband here in Lancashire.

As many of you will know, I have for some time had concerns about the fact that some villages such as Glasson Dock are being left out of this scheme as well as some developments here in Lancaster itself.

I am at present contacting others across the country with similar issues to see what more pressure we can bring to bear, in order to sort this problem out.

I also met with representatives from Lancaster Youth Challenge who were in Parliament to receive an award from Sport England – little did we know it was the Gold Award for an amazing cycling scheme, which they ran over the summer, involving Lancaster youngsters.

Locally I met with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which are the Group that coordinates the bids for Government regeneration funding for Lancashire.

I met them to discuss the next round of bids and to make the case for a possible new junction 33A of the M6.

The last round saw Government funding of £17 million towards the long planned University of Lancaster Health Innovations Park.

Alongside it was the possible plan to re model junction 33 enabling the northern exit to by-pass Galgate and exit nearer this new University project.

This didn’t get immediate funding so I just wanted to make sure it is still part of the next round of bids to complete these plans.

Finally I managed to call in to the opening of the Lancaster and City Arts Society Exhibition at the Lancaster Museum last Friday.

This is a first class exhibition with some excellent pictures across a wide range of subjects from some very talented local artists.

If you would like to see the exhibition for yourself, it is running until the December 13 and is definitely worth a visit and you might find, as I did, a solution to one of those difficult to sort Christmas present problems.