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Councillors view Canal restoration progress

The canal narrow boat Waterwitch was the venue for a delightful trip by Kendal, Lancaster, District and County Councillors to see the excavations and restoration of Lancaster Canal at Stainton on Friday.

High Sped Rail "essential', says government

Theresa Villiers MPDespite what looks like mounting opposition to its plans for a High Speed Rail line that will pass through Lancaster, the government is pushing forward with its support for the project - and has the backing of Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw.

Duchy's plans for Lancaster Castle move a step closer

(Updated 20/9/12) After a six-month study by heritage experts Malcolm Reading Consultants and workshops with key stakeholders, the Duchy of Lancaster has unveiled potential plans for Lancaster Castle have moved a step closer - and an exhibition is being organised to present them at the end of October.

Planning the Future: Council Calls for Public Help

Lancaster City Council has put out an appeal to local people to help shape the future development of the district.

Lancaster Market: Who are ASCO and who backs it?

Just before the full Lancaster City Council meeting that discussed the future of Lancaster Market, Asco Stores Ltd finally confirmed via the Morecambe Visitor what had long been rumoured: that it had been approached by the Council to take over the building, whose costs are rapidly becoming prohibitive.

Will the train now standing at Carnforth let passengers off?

Morecambe MP David Morris campaign to get West Coast trains to stop at Carnforth and let passengers on and off seems to be gathering momentum - although it has yet to get government backing.

Moorlands Hotel set to become flats?

Moorlands Hotel, Freehold, Lancaster Updated: To the dismay of many (but, clearly, not enough to keep it open) the Moorlands Hotel in Lancaster's Freehold closed a few months ago and was sold to Mister Capitol Holdings by owners Mitchells. MCH plan to turn it into flats.

City Centre Revamp Consultation Launched

(updated 15/5/09): A major new consultation into proposals aiming to revitalise Lancaster City Centre has been launched by the City Council, but some argue the Council is itself responsible for the poor state of the town's much-loved public spaces.

Lancaster Market Safe Until 2015

Above: Market trader Peter Corker presents a copy of the huge petition protesting at the closure of the Market to the Council's Chief Executive Mark Cullinan on the steps of Lancaster Town Hall. Photo: Zoe Caldicott At a four-hour special Council meeting last night, Lancaster’s Indoor Market was saved by just five votes from closure.

Time to have your say on Lancaster University’s future

Plans for the development of Lancaster University to 2020 and beyond, including exciting key projects such as the Health Innovation Campus, will be shared with the community in January. Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E.

It's Our City call for council veto on Centros 'sweetheart' deal

The Centros 'Arc' development in Bury St EdmundsFirst published: 18/5/12 updated 23/5/12 A packed meeting at Lancaster Town Hall last Tuesday learnt about the new Centros proposals for the development of the Canal Corridor North site east of Lancaster's City Centre, which now propose: scrapping the previously 'essential' connecting footlink to the existing town centremoving the Marks Spencers...

Lancaster Market to move?

One of the new designs for the existing market proposed in a new report Lancaster Market could move from its current location to new premises in the City Museum's current location, if a far-reaching proposal to address its deficit problems gets Council approval.

English Heritage gives Council talk on listed buildings

English Heritage will deliver a presentation to members of Lancaster City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee tomorrow - an event that is sure to interest anyone keen to find out more about how buildings are 'listed' in view of the recent furore surrounding Lancaster's old brewery Nick Bridgland, who is Heritage Protection Team Leader for the North will give a general presentation on the...

Council's bright idea for Lancaster's Assembly Rooms - a tea room

(Updated): The future of the trading area in Lancaster’s historic Assembly Rooms will be discussed by the city council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 5th November, with plans on the table to turn it into a tea room and ditch its unique but poorly managed "Collectors' Market" identity.

HANA Calls Public Meeting over Proposals for Heysham 3

Heysham Anti-Nuclear Alliance (HANA) is hosting a public meeting about plans for the construction of a new nuclear power station at Heysham. The meeting will take place at the Gregson Community Centre at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 28th April.

Beyond the Castle - Share your stories and explore the space

People are again being asked to share stories about a historic part of Lancaster to help shape plans for a new public space. The second series of events has been announced for Beyond the Castle - a project that will involve local people in shaping the future of the site on Lancaster's Castle Hill. Everyone is invited to imagine and design new possibilities.

Could Morecambe trains Go Electric again?

An electric train at Morecambe Promenade station in 1964. Photo, featured in "Little" North Western Railway, courtesy Martin Bairstow. Used with permission The possibility of the Morecambe line being included in the proposed North West Railway Electrification Scheme was raised at the City Council meeting earlier this month.

Greens warn on dangers of Centros deal; developer absorbed by 'Sovereign Land'

Lancaster's Green Party have hit out at the City Council's continued support for developer Centros, who have recently re-submitted new plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor area. The Greens voted against accepting an extension to a development agreement with Centros at Full Council last week, which the City Council has described as offering a "renaissance" in Lancaster's fortunes.

TheyWorkForYou interviews local Election Candidates

Democracy site TheyWorkForYou has posted a Question and Answer feature with local candidates for the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency, challenging them on their views on various local matters such as the building of a third nuclear power station at Heysham and the proposed Heysham M6 link road.

Lancaster Market move to Museum building - 'investigations' continue

Despite intense opposition to the proposal, Lancaster City Council is to press ahead with its investigation into a plan to move Lancaster Market to the Museum building in Market Square.