Chamber Chat - Brendan Hughes
As the council’s representative on The Chamber board, it’s my task to help ensure the business voice is heard within the council. Owning a business as well I get to see the coin on both sides, and it gives me a great insight into how the area could be improved. With the ongoing government cuts to local authorities and other pressures are making good news in bad times is sometimes difficult.
However, the Lancaster district is a great place to live and work, and I firmly believe we are experiencing investment, into the area that hasn’t been seen on this scale for decades. The council have proposed a 500k economic development fund to ensure we are doing our bit to aid growth and jobs into the area. This will help us capitalise on the opportunities that the long fought for Bay Gateway brings. It won’t be the answer to all the areas problems, but it shows business and local authorities are singing from the same hymn sheet.
I was also pleased to see CCTV given a lifeline to give LCC and other stakeholders more time to come up with a sustainable solution.
The area in general benefits from the tourism economy, but none more so than in Morecambe. As the year draws on, we will soon be seeing the start of the long-awaited festival and events season in the district. It kicks off with the Nice and Sleazy Festival in May, A splendid day out in June, the Morecambe Carnival in the new slot of August and ends with Vintage in September, with a lot in between.
Events are just a small piece of the story in the area and go nicely with, sea views, the history of Lancaster and the gorgeous countryside that is on our doorstep.