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Market Square Limes Fate to Be Discussed by Full Council

20/1/16: Lancaster Market Square. Photo: John Freeman After a determined campaign by local people opposed to their removal, we're pleased to report the proposal to chop down Lancaster Market Square's lime trees has been deferred until the next Full Council meeting.

Save The Market Square Limes: Residents Speak Out

15/1/16: Next Tuesday, 19th January 2016, Lancaster City Council's Cabinet will vote on whether to cut down all the lime trees in Lancaster's Market Square (see our latest news story on this proposal). Watch the video to find out produced by Ray Turner to find out what the residents of Lancaster think of this: Lancaster Market Square.

Market Square Trees: An Open Letter to Lancaster City Council's Labour Cabinet

12/1/16: Dear Lancaster City Council Cabinet Members We have read the documents relating to the proposal to cut down the trees that you will be discussing next week (news story here) and we are hoping you will join with Councillors Dave Brookes and Nick Wilkinson, who represent the city centre ward, and oppose these plans. We know we are not alone in being concerned by this proposal.

City Council Pays Out over £66,000 to Storm Desmond victims so far

8/1/16: Photo: Cat SmithMore than £60,000 has been paid to residents affected by Storm Desmond in December. Lancaster City Council has made payments totalling £66,500 to 133 people in the district using funding from the Government. Residents identified as having flooded homes have received the money directly, generally to the person registered for council tax.

City Council seeks views on skate park provision

8/1/16: Lancaster City Council has launched a major new survey to help identify whether there is adequate provision in the district for wheeled sports including skating and BMX riding.

Lancaster City Council to decide on combined authority

10/12/15: Lancaster City Council will decide whether it wants to join forces with other local authorities to create a Lancashire Combined Authority at a council meeting on Wednesday December 16. Councillors will be asked to note the progress made so far and decide on whether they want to agree in principle to the Combined Authority and take part in a public consultation early in the New Year.

Business Recovery Centre set up after Lancaster floods

9/12/15: Getting QSF ready to reopen on Thursday #StormDesmond #lancasterfloods #WeWontStop #ourteamrocks #christmasparties— Quite Simply French (@QSFLancaster) December 8, 2015 ABusinessRecovery Centre has been set up to provide help and advice to flood hit businesses in Lancaster.

Green Party set to Challenge Council's Plans for New Housing

6/12/15: Photo: Lancaster City CouncilDoes Turley's report on the Lancaster district's housing requirements – suggesting the area needs 13,000 - 14000 new homes between 2011 and 2031 - provide a compelling argument or do we need a truly independent review of its findings?

City Council Bin Collection and Other Christmas and New Year Information

2/12/15: There will be a number of changes to the availability of council services and facilities this Christmas. Closure of public buildings Lancaster and Morecambe town halls and the council's housing office on Cable Street, Lancaster will close for Christmas at 3pm on Christmas Eve and re-open at 9am on Tuesday December 29.

Greens Condemn Proposals to Remove all Trees from Lancaster's Market Square

2/12/15: Lancaster Market Square. Photo: John Freeman Green councillors have condemned a City Council report to recommending removal of all seven mature lime trees from Market Square, a decision that will be in the hands of just one single Labour member of cabinet - presumably either Janice Hansen or David Smith.

Fury as Cuts in Council Funding Stepped up by Government

30/11/15: Cat Smith speaking at a recent meeting at Lancaster Priory. Photo: Ben SoffaCuts to local government funding in the latest government Spending Review will spell misery for Lancaster and Morecambe residents as both the City and County Councils are forced to make savings by cutting vital services, warns Lancaster's MP and City Council leader.

Park for free for your shopping spree

16/11/15: Shoppers will be able to enjoy free parking at selected times in Lancaster and Morecambe in the run up to Christmas. From Sunday November 22nd until Sunday December 20th, all of the city council's pay and display car parks in Lancaster and Morecambe will be free to use for Sunday shopping.

Countdown to Light Up Lancaster Kicks In

3/11/15: The countdown has well and truly begun to this year’s 'Light Up Lancaster' Festival – a weekend of light, art and fireworks across the city. The two-night festival, now in its third year, takes place on Friday 6th November with the annual spectacular firework display on 7th November.

Have your dog micro chipped for free before you’re breaking the law

3/11/15: Lancaster City Council is working in partnership with the Dogs Trust this year to help dog owners avoid breaking the law. In April 2016, the Government is introducing a law making it compulsory for all dogs to be micro chipped, meaning it will be an offence if they are not.

Could your street benefit from a spring clean?

2/11/15: Lancaster City Council is calling for people to nominate areas to take part in the next round of Street Pride events across the district. The aim of Street Pride is to give communities an initial boost to smarten up their neighbourhood and put pride back into our communities. Services provided include street cleaning, gully emptying, minor highway repairs and weeding.

Light Up Lancaster Back This Weekend

2/11/15: This year's Light up Lancaster event is set to return this weekend, with plenty of cultural events across the city. The two-night arts festival, now in its third year, takes place on Friday 6th November with the annual spectacular firework display on Saturday 7th November.

Public consultation on Arkholme’s Conservation Area Appraisal

2/11/15: The Bay Horse Hotel, ArkholmeA consultation on a draft conservation area appraisal for Arkholme ends on 16th November. Lancaster City Council's consultation offers members of the public the opportunity to comment on the content of the draft conservation appraisal to ensure it represents the area’s special architectural and historic interest.

Date set for Carnforth by-election

21/10/15: The date for a by-election to elect a new councillor for the Carnforth ward of Lancaster City Councilfollowing the recent sad death of Councillor Chris Leadbetter has been announced as Thursday 26th November 2015. Anyone who is interested in standing as a candidate should telephone the elections office on 01524 582915. The closing date for nominations is 4.00pm on Friday 30th October.

Consultation launched on accessible taxis

12/10/15: Lancaster City Council is asking for people’s views on how to boost the number of accessible taxis in the district. It follows complaints from the public about the difficulties of being able to book an accessible taxi. The complainants state that they struggle to book a wheelchair accessible taxi and they feel that they are being discriminated against.

Town Hall event raises awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

5/10/15: Almost one hundred front line workers operating in the Lancaster district attended an awareness raising event on Child Sexual Exploitation. The event, which took place at Lancaster Town Hall, was attended by estate managers, licensing officers, home improvement and environmental service workers and councillors.