PLANS for a new fish park that would create hundreds of jobs in the port of Fleetwood have been raised by a local MP.
A report in the Fleetwood Weekly News states that Fleetwood MP, Eric Ollerenshaw, has asked for a meeting with himself, Wyre Council and Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for coastal communities.
Mordaunt has agreed to the meeting, which was requested by the MP in Parliament. ‘I raised the issue and I was very pleased with her reply’, said Ollerenshaw. ‘We have to keep these plans going and try everything at our disposal to win the financial support needed.
‘We need the meeting first, of course, before we discuss the nuts and bolts. A scheme as large as a fish park would probably need help across various Government departments, but we have to get the ball rolling and civil servants working on it.’
Peter Murphy, from Wyre Council, said: ‘While it is early days and no contracts have been signed, it’s fantastic to get the minister agreeing to a meeting. If Eric were to pave the way for funding for this scheme, the knock-on effects would be considerable for Fleetwood.’
Part of the dockland area in Fleetwood has already been suggested as a potential site for the development.
Councillor Murphy added: ‘The fish processors are desperate to expand, and I know they would welcome the scheme. I don’t expect anything to happen until the Autumn statement around October or November, but whenever Eric and Penny want to meet to discuss this scheme, we will be more than ready to meet them.’