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Lancaster City Council

Tel. 01524 582000. Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ. Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road East, Morecambe LA4 5AF. Serving Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and the surrounding rural and coastal areas

Lancaster's Draft Local Housing Plans based on 2015 forecast of big increases in international immigration. Consultation ends tomorrow

Lancaster City Council's consultation period for the Local Plan on land allocation for development ends tomorrow, Friday 24 March. The Plan is based on a 2015 Turley report that doubled housing need to 14,000 new homes because it predicted 'higher rates of international immigration' every year.

Marsh Community Centre celebrates funding reprieve

Fears that Marsh Community Centre would lose its City Council funding were relieved by a last minute turnaround at last Wednesday's annual budget meeting. It seems that the whole problem boiled down to some missing paperwork.

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.

City's Housing need projections fall apart as Enterprise Zone job expectations 'flop'

Image used by HM Gov. to publicise Lancashire Enterprise Zone Unfortunately the Lancashire Enterprise Zone near Preston, created in 2011 and anchored by two BAE sites at Samlesbury and Warton, was slated by government ministers last month (read BBC report) as the UK's 'worst-performing', as it had not yet created any jobs.

City Council 12,000 new homes target based on obsolete figures

Turley report image: 'Forecasts have been developed using POPGROUP technology' Population growth forecasts used by Lancaster City Council to justify building 12,000 new homes in this area are based on old figures that have now been revised downwards (by half) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Councillors back Altham Meadows as NHS Lancashire plans to refocus dementia care

Altham Meadow, Morecambe. Image: Google (Updated 14:32:: City Councillors have backed local concerns at the proposed closure of Morecambe's Altham Meadows Dementia Centre, supporting a Labour Party motion at last week's council meeting.

Improving Eric's view: Council offers free training sessions in heritage construction trades

Lancaster City Council is holding a series of free workshops for people to improve heritage skills including stone carving, decorative plasterwork and lime plastering, as part of the THI 2: A View for Eric project.

Park animals ‘taste the difference’

A weaver bird at Lancaster's Williamson Park. Image: Williamson ParkThe animals in Lancaster's Williamson Park will be getting their weekly food shop from Sainsbury's from now on thanks to a new partnership with Lancaster City Council.

Gifts galore and so much more at Williamson Park store

The gift shop at Williamson Park in Lancaster has undergone an amazing transformation. Lancaster City Council gathered together an expert team consisting of members of the Visitor Information Centres, Customer Services and Williamson Park staff to redecorate the shop, whilst introducing new stock and raising the standards of customer service.

Pavilion Cafe opens in style at Williamson Park

Local families were in for a treat at the opening of the Pavilion Café at Williamson Park on Saturday. The café re-opened its doors to show off the modern updated interior and brand new menu packed with delicious local produce.

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.

Armchair Auditing: the City Council's accounts under the spotlight

Regular readers of virtual-lancaster will recall we reported how the government had announced the launch of of a new online search engine that shows local taxpayers when they can inspect their council's detailed financial spending and ledgers as part of greater public transparency.

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.

Government releases funds for home improvements for the vulnerable

Local councils will share in a £30.8m hand out from government announced today, to help them fund the adaptations disabled people need to live independently in their own home.

Lancaster Bus Station gets its notice board back at last

Campaigners welcome the arrival of the new Bus Station sign earlier today. Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council A new bus information board has been unveiled at Lancaster Bus Station today to signpost travellers in the right direction, finally replacing the departure board switched off by Lancashire County Council in 2011 as a cost-saving measure.

Have your say on proposal for new Scotforth allotments

Lancaster City Council is inviting you to have your say on proposals for a new allotment site in Lancaster. The field adjacent to the existing Scotforth Allotments has been identified as suitable for use to provide additional allotment plots for residents of the Lancaster district. The site is owned by Lancaster City Council and the council is keen to support new allotment provision.

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.

Lancaster City Council steps up action on empty homes

Coun Karen Leytham, cabinet member for housing, welcoming Andrew Dent, Lancaster City Council's new Empty Homes Officer.Lancaster City Council is stepping up action on tackling empty homes and bringing them back into use.