One of the many positive things about being an MP is that you get to meet all sorts of people who you would not ordinarily come into contact with. As I am back in the constituency for the Summer recess I have met with a variety of different groups and companies and there are some great success stories out there that we should be proud of. For example, I met last week with two men from the Ellesmere Port area who are part of “Learnerverse” which is setting the education world alight with their online learning platform. They teach subjects online but also have careers advice and crucially for parents have a method of checking each child’s progress. I doubt it will completely replace classroom based teaching but is certainly an impressive way of getting extra learning in at each child’s convenience. They told me they have interest from some of the big US software companies so I am sure that we will hear more from them in years to come. We should be proud that a Company with local connections is doing so well.
I have also met various members of the public sector recently, including of course Cheshire West Council. I have also met with a high ranking civil servant from the Homes and Community Agency who I discussed the prospect of new housing, particularly affordable housing with. I explained my main concern was that in the town centre there is no shortage of land for housing and plenty of planning permissions in place. The challenge for us is getting those sites moving which I fear will be very difficult whilst there are much easier pickings for developers in places like Ledsham Rd. I also met with the Chair of Merseytravel and we discussed common causes such as plans to improve the services from Ellesmere Port out to Helsby and from Neston into Liverpool. Both of these things are achievable but the franchise system is such it may take some time to deliver them. I also enquired about the Government’s announcement in the run up to the election about making the Mersey tunnels free for people in Wirral. It came as no surprise to learn that as yet that no cash has followed to make it a reality. If it ever does happen we must make sure people in this area have the same entitlements as those on the Wirral.
It was a particular pleasure to have lunch with the staff and residents of Abbeyfield House which is adjacent to Morrisons. It is purpose built assisted living for the older generation and offers the security and services of a residential home but at the same time has individual private flats built into the site. I was lucky to have a delicious lunch with the residents which is available to them every day and it was good to see such a friendly atmosphere in the home. There are a few spaces available so is well worth considering for those who may be struggling a little at home but don’t want to give up their independence entirely.