Eric Ollerenshaw column

Last week, once again I met with the local residents and a series of agencies to discuss flood prevention from Thurnham right through to Knott End.

As many of you may know, I continue to have concerns about the lack of maintenance of local dykes and water courses and the lack of communication when regular work is withdrawn.

However it now appears that a further problem is that even if the water courses were cleared this wouldn’t necessarily solve the problem due to the silt build up in the bay.

As a result of this I have written to the Secretary of State, Liz Truss, to raise my concerns as well as arranging for a meeting with the Marine Manage Organisation and the Environment Agency to get some movement in the short term while local parishes look at the possibility of a return to a local Land Drainage Board in the long term.

On a less frustrating note I was delighted to be invited to address a group of lecturers and students at Lancaster University with regards to energy.

It was less an academic exercise and more a local MP’s run through of the issues I have been dealing with as our area and country faces up to ever rising demand for energy and security of energy supply.

I did put a particular emphasis on the need to get to grips both as a nation and a locality with the potential of tidal energy in the long term, while expressing my continued doubts over wind power and of course the pros and cons as I see it with the assumed shale gas potential in our part of Lancashire.

Finally on the subject of energy, I thought I would remind everyone of the Government’s Green Deal Scheme which might help you make your home more energy efficient and in some cases assist in the installation of a new boiler.

If you would like further details please visit www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures or telephone the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

If you are thinking of employing a company to carry out an energy assessment make sure that they are registered with the Government’s programme.