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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.

Candidates line up for 5th May

(Updated 8/5/11): Here's a list of the candidates for the Lancaster City Council elections taking place on 5th May 2011. This list is sourced from a PDF on the Council web site: post election, addresses have been removed. Since the last boundary changes in 2003, 60 councillors have been elected from 28 wards.

Green Councillor Resigns

Green Councillor Catriona Stamp, who has represented the Castle Ward since her election in 2007 and previously represented Scotforth West Ward from 2003 to 2007, has resigned from Lancaster City Council. "Over the last year I have struggled to fulfil my duties as a councillor, due to ill health and an increase in other commitments," she explained.

Leader Gone but Council Budget Woes Remain

Following the resignation of Roger Mace, the Conservative leader of Lancaster City Council after failing to come up with a budget (see news story and statement), other political groups on the cabinet now have to come up with a budget before the cabinet meeting on 17th February.

Where have all our bus time tables gone?

Green councillors are urging Lancashire County Council must re-think their apparent decision to remove bus timetable information from many of the bus stops across the district - replacing them with an advertisement for a mobile phone service costing 25p for each enquiry.

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.

Green Councillor leaves City Council Cabinet

Green Party councillor Jane Fletcher has stepped down from her position on the City Council's cabinet and a new member, again from the Greens, will be elected at a full Council meeting next week.

BBC: Boundary Changes Put Labour Ahead in Lancaster & Fleetwood

A BBC analysis of the 2005 General Election vote of the electorate in the new constituency of Lancaster and Fleetwood reveals a potential win for Labour's prospective candidate Clive Grunshaw. In 2005, the old constituency of Lancaster and Wyre was won by Conservative Ben Wallace who took 42.8% of the vote with Labour coming second with 34.8%.

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.

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.

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.

Labour and Green Party join forces on City Council

The Labour and the Green Party have entered into a joint administrative arrangement to run the Cabinet of Lancaster City Council.

20mph Speed Limit on roads across Lancashire announced

After years of campaigning for lower speed limits by the Green Party and health professionals, and, more recently, by a local 20s Plenty group, the County Council has implemented a blanket 20mph limit on residential roads across Lancashire.

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.

Centros does the chicken run

Local Greens say they are "unsurprised" by the announcement from developer Centros that it will not appear in an independent public inquiry to address the soundness of its proposals for Lancaster's canal corridor (see news story).

Icy pavements "A Death Trap", say Greens

Green councillors have called on Lancashire County Council to prioritise gritting of pavements rather than just major roads. "Many people, including me, have fallen over in the last few weeks and there seems virtually no gritting of pavements outside the town centre," commented John O'Gaunt ward Councillor Jude Towers.

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.

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.

Bypass goes back to planning despite government funding green light

This week's Lancaster Guardian reports that the proposed M6 Link to Heysham is to be re-submitted for planning approval - despite confirmation of much of the funding for the project from the government in yesterday's budget (see news story).

Council sneeks proposal to close Chancery Lane to pedestrians into Square Route plans

While the latest news on Lancaster City Council's Square Root plans to revamp Lancaster city centre are great news for the town, supporting local business and other community efforts to boost it, there's a sting in the tail to the current plans to be discussed next week - the proposed closure of Chancery Lane, a centuries-old right of way between Market Square and Church Street.

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