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City Council votes to keep council tax support at existing levels

The City Council has voted not to change its existing levels of council tax support for the year commencing 1st April, despite reduced grant from the government.

Former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett back in Lancaster

Tomorrow evening Natalie Bennett, former leader of the national Green Party will be speaking at a collaborative event between Lancaster University Politics Society and Lancaster University Young Greens, to discuss the shale gas industry, green energy and Natalie’s view on fair public administration.

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.

Greens launch bid for Lancaster and Fleetwood seat

(Updated 28/3/10): Green Party general election candidate Gina Dowding will launch her campaign to win the Lancaster and Fleetwood Constituency next week with a screening of her new campaign video.

Green Party's Chris Coates runs for Carnforth city councillor post

Long standing member of the Green Party and former city and county councillor Chris Coates is standing for the Party in the Carnforth and Millhead by-election on 26th November 2015.

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.

Greens push for revamped, smaller Lancaster Market

Green councillors will argue that Lancaster Market should not be closed tomorrow when a cabinet proposal is put to Full Council - arguing it should continue, albeit as a smaller operation in partnership with a new single retailer.

The bus now arriving at Lancaster will be a secret

Local Green councillors have condemned Lancashire County Council's decision to switch off bus information displays at Lancaster bus station from 1st December 2011. "This is a dreadful decision," says County Councillor Sam Riches."We need to be encouraging people to use public transport and these displays are very important for making this easy and convenient for people.

Greens call for urgent action on pedestrian safety at Stonewell

Picture l-r: Local student Davey Ryuzaki, City Councillor Tim Hamilton-Cox, County Councillor Sam Riches and North Lancashire Green Party Co-ordinator Gina Dowding.(Updated 3/0/12, County Council comment added): Green Party councillors protested at the closure of Lancaster's Stonewell pedestrian crossing on Lancaster's one-way system yesterday, highlighting safety concerns during upgrade works.

Green Party leader to visit Lancaster tomorrow to host public meeting on women in politics

Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party. Image: Green PartyGreen Party leader Natalie Bennett and European election candidate for the region, councillor Gina Dowding, will host a public meeting in Lancaster tomorrow, Wednesday 16th April, to discuss the role of women in politics. Earlier in the day they will meet with local businesses and visit the Lancaster co-housing and hydro project.

Greens say No More Cuts to the Arts

Councillor Chris CoatesAfter confirmation that the Labour Party will not cancel £83 million of Conservative Party cuts to the national Arts budget made in recent years, local Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Lancaster Chris Coates has called for an end to cuts to the Arts. Chris Coates is a Lancaster City Councillor for Scotforth West.

Litter pickers give district a facelift

Outside the Trimpell Club: Before and After Local volunteers have been giving the district a makeover - cleaning up litter blackspots, clearing overgrown pavements and footpaths and even laying hedges. Litterpicks have been undertaken across Lancaster and Morecambe by our local City and County Green councillors and prospective candidates.

Bins, Boxes and Fines

Local councilors have organised a public meeting to discuss how to improve waste collection and recycling activities in terraced streets with back alleys.

Can we do without banks?

Banks are discredited, say Lancaster's Green Party. They do nothing to encourage responsible attitudes to money and ignore the needs of the poorest. Is there any alternative? That's the issue that will b discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday 8th November, at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Lancaster.

Lancaster’s support scheme will protect all council tax benefit claimants, say Greens

On Wednesday night Lancaster City Council voted 33-13 to preserve council tax benefit levels for all claimants in the face of a cut in government funding for the benefit. The government’s cut to the grant for council tax benefit would have resulted in the poorest-paid and unemployed couples in Lancaster district having to find £232 each year (£4.45 per week) in council tax from April.

Big canal clean up in Bulk ward

25 volunteers turned up and gave Lancaster Canal a thorough clean up between the Moor Lane bridge and the Ridge Lane bridge this weekend. Organised by Green Party Councillor Andrew Kay, the clean up came after concerns that the canal has been looking very bad indeed over the past few months, with large amounts of litter on the tow path, grass verges and in the water itself.

Straw Poll on fate of Lancaster Market

virtual-lancaster has asked every City Councillor with a valid email address if they support the closure of Lancaster Market. The responses are being published as a GoogleDoc here. If you have already know how your local councillor has said they will vote in the Full Council meeting on Wednesday, please let us know via - thanks!

Local Greens back national call to scrap HS2 plan

Some of the Green Party's North West candidates in the May 2014 European elections at Manchester Piccadilly on Tuesday: Lancaster's Gina Dowding, Peter Cranie, Laura Bannister and Kake Welsh.

Greens Call for "Clean Campaign" as Election Called

With the General Election announced for 6th May, Green Party candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood Gina Dowding has joined her Party nationwide and issued a challenge to General Election candidates of other parties to sign up to a Clean Campaign Pledge.

Call for Mental Health Unit Plans to be Scrapped

Green Party County Councillor Chris Coates has called for Lancashire Care Trust (LCT) to scrap their plans for new mental health unit at Royal Albert fields, off Ashton Road in Lancaster, and to start the site selection process again.