Eric’s Week in Westminster

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

Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw tells us about his week of work.

Last week in Fleetwood I attended the Baby Show at the Mount Hotel, which was organised by the good ladies of the Fleetwood Cancer Research Committee.

I would like to thank our hard-working team once again, not only for organising this very enjoyable event, but also for all their time, effort and hard-work all year round, raising money for such a good cause.

If you would be interested in attending their next coffee morning, it is being held at the Trafalgar, on North Albert Street, on Friday April 11 from 10am onwards – and a warm welcome is guaranteed.

I also attended a meeting with the Fleetwood Plus Community Interest Company, a social enterprise who are looking to develop a ‘Cultural Quarter’ in our town by organising a number of different community arts projects, festivals and events and providing a more joined up approach amongst existing events. The idea is to have a centre, based in the old Mount Methodist Chapel, which would preserve this iconic Fleetwood building, which is clearly a good thing. Please have a look at for further information.

Finally, again in Fleetwood, I met our local Clinical Commissioning Group to have a catch-up on and discuss plans for the future. I was pleased to hear that the promise of the return of the nurse-led rehabilitation beds to Fleetwood is being honoured, but the location is still being decided upon. I have been assured that this will be determined in the early part of May and, even though I do realise that this has taken longer than 
expected, I am still pleased that this service is being returned to our town.

I was also able to raise the issue of the closure of the Oncology Treatment Service at Dock Street Medical Centre following the end of the 12- month pilot scheme and the hope from myself, and, I am sure, the people of Fleetwood, is for this service to be retained.

Although, at this stage, there is nothing concrete in place, it was good to hear that the CCG is working towards a more ‘community-based’ model of healthcare services in Fleetwood – which clearly would have to have some form of locally-based cancer treatment in the plan. I will shortly be meeting with Blackpool Hospital to discuss this, among other things, and will, of course, keep you updated.

As always, please contact me if I can be of any help. I represent everyone who lives in Fleetwood, regardless of how or whether you vote. My email address is, or you can call me on (0207) 219 7096 or (01995) 672 975. To contact me by post, write to: 59 High Street, Great Eccleston, Lancs, PR3 0YB