Local councillors have challenged Morecambe MP to withdraw his Early Day Motion presented to the House of Commons over the future of Chatsworth Gardens.
councillors argue what the wording of the controversial EDM is largely
based on his failure to meet with councillors about the project.
Noting Lancaster City Council has gained the the funding to match the Government's £1.9 million earmarked
funding for the redevelopment of Chatsworth Gardens, Mr Morris claims there were
"real concerns" raised by him and resident that the project might have been shelved because the Council was
"seemingly unwilling to match-fund the Government after successfully
securing this funding".
While the Motion also "applauds the Council for pledging to go ahead
with the project" Labour councillors are furious at the MP's comments
is unsporting in this season of goodwill for David Morris to use his
privileged position to put down an early day motion in Parliament that
both criticises and applauds the City Council in the same breath," says
Councillor Ron Sands.
"His applause is justified, but
his criticism is based on his own misunderstandings, coupled with his
repeated failure to meet with elected Council Leader Eileen Blamire and
Deputy Leader Janice Hanson.
"These two councillors
have worked tirelessly to resolve the issues surrounding the Chatsworth
Gardens Project in the West End of Morecambe," Ron continues.
Morris' duty is now clear," he feels. "You must mend your fences with
these councillors - who regularly hold very positive dicussions with
your fellow MP in Lancaster. Councillors Blamire and Hanson wish
nothing more than to enjoy civilised conversations with you about your
constituency - free from any party political bias.
is a moment for MP and city council to celebrate the the resolution of
what seemed an intractable problem. Let us rejoice together, and not
abuse arcane parliamentary procedures to score political points -
something that the British public rightly abhors."
Mr Morris other EDM support or proposals have recently included concern at the government withdraw of visas for Chernobyl children, near hysteria at the number of wind farms in the Irish Sea and fury over a congestion charge levied on Morecambe resident James Quinn, a volunteer driver in the NHS who drove a 10 month old baby to Great
Ormond Street Children's Hospital for critical brain surgery back in May, calling the fine "deeply unfair".