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Voting Day changes in the works for Heysham Central residents

27/9/15: Voters are being asked to comment on future polling arrangements in the Heysham Central ward. Lancaster City Council is reviewing its arrangements for voters on election day and is looking for feedback on a set of proposals it has drawn up for the area. The city council is proposing that the Heysham Central Ward is divided into two polling districts.

Eileen Blamire Back as Lancaster City Council Leader, Labour firmly "in charge"

27/5/15: Labour Councillor Eileen Blamire has been re-elected as the council’s leader for the next four years, elected by full Council at a meeting held last night (Tuesday) for a four year period.

Queen's Lancaster Visit this week set to Disrupt Traffic

24/5/15: Her Majesty the Queen will be visiting Lancaster Castle on Friday 29th May, paying a private visit on Friday 29th May. As is customary, the visit will add to Lancaster's regular traffic woes with road closures from an early hour and the discovery of funds to pay for repainting and cleaning of anything our monarch might see on her visit, despite the financial cutbacks.

Alfred Street Recycling Site to close, branded eyesore by locals

19/5/15: Lancaster City Council is to close Alfred Street recycling site in Lancaster after local residents said it had become an eyesore. In November last year, the council asked residents in the area for their views on the site and the vast majority felt that the site had become a hotspot for flytipping and that they would be happy to recycle using their kerbside recycling boxes.

Labour set to retain control of Lancaster City Council

9/5/15: Lancaster City Council remains under No Overall Control after the ballot on Thursday. The results of the local elections were perhaps a little overshadowed by the General Election, which saw Labour's Cat Smith take Lancaster and Fleetwood. The Tories retained Morecambe and Lunesdale with an increased majority for incumbent David Morris.

Celebrate St George’s Day with Lancaster City Council

20/4/15: One ofEngland’s most renowned heroes will be celebrated by staff at Lancaster City Council’s two Visitor Information Centres on Thursday 23rd April. The date marks St George’s Day, the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the Union flag.

Stalls from just £16pw at the Assembly Rooms Market

31/3/15: The Assembly Rooms Market in Lancaster is on the look-out for new stallholders who can introduce something exclusive to the mix of interesting and unique items on sale in this beautiful 18th Century building.

‘Leg it with Eric’ to raise cash for charity this Saturday

13/3/15: Lancaster City Council has joined forces with Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club to organise a very special Eric Morecambe themed charity event this Saturday (14th March) as part of this year's "Red Nose" fund raising in the area..To celebrate the swift return of the Eric Morecambe statue to its rightful place on the prom after it was vandalised, an ‘Eric’ inspired 3k fun run will be taking...

Tory Councillor suggests funding cuts for Dukes, Platform and Salt Ayre Sports Centre

7/3/15: Councillor Peter Williamson: "Are we entertainment or sports promoters?" Photo: Lancaster City CouncilAs elections loom, local Tories seem to have set out their stall early in terms of how they view the future of publicly-funded services in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Lancaster City Council sets its 2015/16 budget: More Cuts Ahead

4/3/15: Lancaster City Council faces a tough financial future with continuing government cuts leading to further reductions to services. That was the stark warning presented to councillors this week as they decided the council’s annual budget.

£311,000pa in unclaimed benefits found for local over-75s by Welfare Rights campaign

10/2/15: Nearly 260 people aged 75 and over in Lancaster are better off by a total of £311,000 a year following a benefit take-up campaign. The campaign was organised by Lancashire County Council's Welfare Rights Service in partnership with Lancaster City Council.

"Landed", a study of Freeman's Wood, is new Storey G2 project

6/2/15: A renewed Lancaster arts organisation has just launched a new project focusing on a much-loved woodland that has caused plenty of discussion here on virtual-lancaster in the past - Freeman's Wood.

It's National Voter Registration Day - Are You Registered to Vote?

5/2/15: A quick reminder that today, Thursday 5th February 2015 marks the United Kingdom’s second annual National Voter Registration Day. Bite the Ballot – in partnership with a host of NVRD 2015 Partners– is co-ordinating a week of action, building up to a national day of celebration on 5th February.

Voters urge to register to vote as General Election campaign swings into gear

2/2/15: Lancaster City Council is encouraging local residents who have not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day (5th February) and go online to register. The call comes as the major political parties, both locally and nationally begin their General Election campaigns.

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

29/1/15: 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.

Golden Arches on their way for Lune McAqueduct?

22/1/15: Site of proposed McDonald's Planning permission has been granted for a McDonald's drive-thru takeaway and two-storey restaurant with parking on Caton Road adjacent to the A6 Canal Aqueduct and just east of the grade 1 listed Lune Aqueduct.

Morecambe businesses consider BID for the town

16/1/15: The former Morecambe Visitor offices, part of the proposed BID areaWhen is a tax not a tax? When those that pay it also get to say what it's spent on. That's the case with a levy on business rates under a scheme known as a Business Improvement District (BID).

Find out more about Lancaster City Council's 2015/16 budget

8/1/15: Members of the public are invited to attend a presentation of Lancaster City Council’s proposed priorities and budget for the coming year, whichwill form part of the next meeting of the council’s Budget and Performance Panel on Tuesday 27th January. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting which takes place at Morecambe Town Hall from 6pm.

City Council faces even more cuts as Tories savage public spending again

19/12/14: Lancaster City Council is facing further cuts to its funding next year, after the government announced further funding reductions to the money it gives our area by 6.4% - which could push it to breaking point. Yesterday, the communities and local government minister Kris Hopkins announced what he called a fair financial settlement for councils in 2015-16.

Oscar's Wine Bar - court date set after investigation concludes into 'Nitro Cocktail' accident

15/12/14: Court proceedings have been started under health and safety legislation against a wine bar, one of its directors and an employee, following the conclusion of an investigation by Lancaster City Council into an incident involving an 18-year-old girl and a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen.