At the Conservative Party Conference I attended a fringe meeting on Coastal Communities.  We had four great speakers, all bringing something special and different to the debate.  The meeting was to launch the Conservative Party’s Coastal Communities policy unit.  The is headed by Mark Simmonds MP, who is the Shadow Coastal Communities Minister and has massive input from Tobias Ellwood, the Shadow Tourism Minister.

After the formal speeches there was a chance to ask questions.  I asked a question along the lines of ‘how does a small district council, like Fylde, protect its ever shrinking tourism budget against the charge from other statutory spending requests.’  Tobias, acknowledged that is was difficult, as local Government had been squeezed financially by the current government.  Tobias also stated that he was willing to visit Fylde Council in the near future and see first hand what the problem is.  In a nut shell, what do we spend Fylde’s money on swimming pools and emptying the bins or marketing?  In an ideal world both, but budgets are shrinking as even councils struggle with the spiraling cost of living and the credit crunch.

Simon Renwick, Tobias Ellwood MP and Mark Simmonds MP

Simon Renwick, Tobias Ellwood MP and Mark Simmonds MP

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