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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.

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.

£16 billion should not be spent on high speed rail, says local Green

Image: Birmingham Chamber of CommerceWhen the Green Party conference came out overwhelmingly against the HS2 proposal for a Birmingham-London 250 mph train earlier this week, Lancaster Green Councillor John Whitelegg was at the centre of the debate.

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.

Injunction Served To Try to Save Old Brewery

In a dramatic turn of events yesterday the High Court in London agreed to the request of Save Britian's Heritage to issue an injunction against Lancaster City Council and Mitchells brewery to prevent demolition of the old brewery on Lancaster's Brewery Lane. As we reported earlier, contractors had already begun clearance work on the site, the dismay of campaigners.

After the Floods: Greens Question Lancaster Flood Gate Closure Delays

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.

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.

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.

Friends of Greaves Park campaigner to fight Scotforth by-election for Greens

Abi Mills and Natalie Bennett. Image: Lancaster Green PartyThe Green Party has selected Scotforth resident Abi Mills as its candidate in the upcoming Scotforth West local council by-election. Abi was a main force behind getting funding for the Play Area in Greaves Park and has lived in Scotforth West since 1996. “I am delighted to be standing for the Greens," she said.

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.

County Councillors hear other side of the Fracking argument

Councillors from across Lancashire representing both County and district councils were offered a different view about Shale Gas than previously heard in County Hall, with a presentation by John Ashton, CBE last Wednesday.

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.

Campaign to save local night buses as fury mounts over Labour-led County Council's bus cut plans

Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet) Campaigners have begun a fight back against Lancashire County Council proposals to stop all evening and Sunday services between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale as well as on several other routes around Lancaster and Morecambe.

Local MPs accused of sending seasonal message of ill-will and bad cheer

Councillor Chris CoatesLancaster Green Councillor Chris Coates has condemned local MPs for voting not to investigate the increased use of food banks in the UK.

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.

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.

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.

Planned council tax benefits cuts attack on 'working poor'

Gina DowdingLancaster Green Party co-ordinator Gina Dowding, has called for Council Tax discounts on empty and second homes to be scrapped to help make up the shortfall in Government grant reduction for Council Tax benefits.

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.

Anti Fracking campaign to continue

Campaigners against 'fracking' have vowed to continue their fight, despite court judgements against some and support for the technology from Tory-led Lancashire County Council. On Tuesday, three people from Liverpool and Brighton were found guilty of 'disrupting lawful activity' for occupying Cuadrilla Resource's drilling rig in Lancashire for eleven hours last November.