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Working Together to Tackle Flood Risk

20/7/18: South Lancaster Flood Group formed after the November Flooding. On the 16th July the Group walked along Burrow Beck from the Lancaster Leisure Park to the A6 with the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Counci.

Angry flood victim meetings explain causes - and plan opposition to Local Plan's Garden Village

7/12/17: Multi-agency meetings about the recent floods heard residents' accounts of what happened - and why. Angry residents launch objections to the Local Plan's Bailrigg Garden Village scheme for 5000 new homes right in the middle of it all, to be debated by Council on 20th December.

After the Floods: Greens Question Lancaster Flood Gate Closure Delays

31/12/15: Lancaster's Quay during the floods caused by Storm Desmond Green Councillor for Castle Ward Nick Wilkinsonhas written to Sir Phillip Dilley at the Environment Agency asking for an explanation as to why the flood gates along St. George's Quay, Lancaster, were not closed on the Saturday evening of the floods.

Over 5,000 objections to Cuadrilla's fracking site application. Cuadrilla applies for second test site

3/7/14: Roseacre residents express their views on fracking Over 5,000 objections have been lodged with Lancashire County Council against Cuadrilla's application to drill at a proposed site on agricultural land at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton in Fylde, about 20 miles south of Lancaster. You can read more about these proposals in ourprevious story here.

New Cuadrilla fracking applications: Lancashire now the front line in National Defense against fracking

20/6/14: Map showing locations, extent and approximate direction of horizontal wells for the proposed Preston New Road and Roseacre test sites http://frack-off.org.uk/ Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources have submitted new planning applications for exploration fracking drillpads at Preston New Road (LCC/2014/0096) near Little Plumpton and at Roseacre (plans not yet public),about 5 miles to the northwest....

Funding secured to bolster Morecambe’s Coastal Defences

3/6/14: Lancaster City Council has secured the long term future of key sections of Morecambe’s coastal defences following the award of capital funding of nearly £10m from the Environment Agency. This funding will pay for the reconstruction of the Wave Reflection Wall which was installed in the 1980s and is now showing signs of failure, including visible cracking to the concrete face.

County Council consults on plans to combat future flooding

10/1/14: Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council have launched a new plan aimed at reducing the risk of floods causing damage to property or threat to life in the future. A special event about the proposals will take place at Lancaster Library in early February.

Government consults on new nuclear reactor design

7/1/14: The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency has announced that they are progressing to the next phase of their assessment of a new nuclear reactor design for the UK – a design which could be used should a third nuclear power station get the green light at Heysham Power Station.

Fly Tippers back in action

28/2/13: Sunny weather clearly spells opportunity for fly tippers: a virtual-lancaster reader sent us these pictures, snapped this morning on the bridleway/cycletrack, halfway between Freeman's Wood and Aldcliffe Lane, this morning.

Freeman's Woods - Council's response to waste concerns

2/5/12: Lancaster City Council has responded to concerns Virtual Lancaster raised about possible exposure ofmaterial contaminated by asbestos at the Freeman's Wood site, an historic landfill site owned by Bermuda-registered company The Property Trust Group and recently part-excavated by a private company.

Clean up local bathing water, council urges

8/11/11: Lancaster City Council is calling for everything possible to be done to improve the quality of bathing water in Morecambe Bay ahead of the introduction of new water quality standards. Two of the district’s bathing beaches – Morecambe North and South – both passed the current standards for water quality.

Morecambe Bay Shellfish beds closed after sewage concerns

3/11/11: Local shellfish beds have been closed after United Utilities' outfall pipe from Morecambe’s wastewater treatment works at Middleton became inoperable due to sandbank movement. As a result an old outfall system, used as a storm overflow, is being used which means that screened, but untreated, sewage is being discharged into Morecambe Bay.

Quernmore farm raid brings arrests for fuel and farm machinry theft

21/9/11: Two men have been arrested following a raid on a farm in Lancaster, carried out as part of a crack down on rural crime. Officers from Lancaster’s target team executed a theft warrant at a farm and adjacent land in Long Lane, Quernmore, near Lancaster, at around 10.00am this morning. Officers from the Environment Agency and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs also attended.

Brace yourselves for a bathe: Morecambe's water is lovely

15/6/11: Bathing in Morecambe Bay has never been better, according to the Government.

Luneside East: The Cost So Far

10/4/10: Lancaster City Council has spent over £13 million on the stalled Luneside East development project to rejuvenate St. Georges Quay, virtual-lancaster has learned. It also faces the remote possibility that some £2.5 million might need to be refunded.

Nuisance Jet Skis on the Lune: will Anyone Act?

20/9/09: (Updated 22/9/09): Local bird lovers have again raised concerns over jet ski use on the River Lune, concerned for the safety of nesting birds: but while the problem of 'nuisance users' appears to be growing, the question of just which local body should be dealing with it continues to mean no action is being taken Most local jet skiers and water skiers are responsible uses of local waterways and...