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Councillors quit, by elections announced

1/4/14: Josh BanccroftTwo vacancies have arisen on Lancaster City Council following the resignation of two Labour Party ward councillors. Councillors Paul Aitchison (University Ward) and Josh Bancroft (Scotforth West) have resigned as members of the council. Both were elected to the city council in the 2011 district elections.

Work starts on improvement plan for Williamson Park's woodland

1/4/14: Work has started on the first phase of a management and improvement plan for Williamson Park’s historic woodland. The aim of the project is to restructure the woodland to increase light levels and promote natural regeneration within the park and is part of the Woodland Management Plan commissioned by the park’s owner, Lancaster City Council.

Morecambe sea front revamp ahead? City Council steps up regeneration plans with partner Carillion

18/2/14: Morecambe's Festival Market. Photo: Lancaster City CouncilA major plan to revitalise and regenerate Morecambe have taken another step forward, after Lancaster City Council announced it is to work with the leading integrated support services company, Carillion,to identify possible opportunities for regenerating some of the town’s priority sites.

Lancaster City Council to increase Council Tax by around 2%

11/2/14: Council's finances "challenging", says its leader, Eileen BlamireLancaster City Council will increase its portion of Council Tax by around 2% for 2014/15, helping to protect services in the short term. In real terms this means households will pay an average (based on a Band D property) of an extra £3.91 or so a year – or 8p a week – to the city council from April 2014.

Final reminder to register to vote

7/2/14: More than 5,000 people in the Lancaster district risk falling off the electoral register unless they take immediate action. That’s the warning this week from Lancaster City Council as it prepares to publish the latest edition of the electoral register. Registration forms were sent to every home in the Lancaster district last year, followed up by personal visits by those who did not respond.

Re-development work starts on Moorlands Hotel?

31/1/14: Moorlands Hotel, Freehold, Lancaster.Freehold residents have been expressing concerns that Mister Properties appears to have begun work on the re-development on the Moorlands Hotel into student flats – even though planning permission has yet to be granted. The Moorlands Hotel in Lancaster's Freehold closed a few months ago and was sold to Mister Capitol Holdings by owners Mitchells.

New Bowlers, please! Happy Mount Bowling Competition announced

30/1/14: Lancaster City Council is calling for teams to take part in a crown green bowling competition at Happy Mount Park, Morecambe. The event will take place over three week nights. The initial heats will be on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th March. The finals will take place on Thursday 20th March. Each night will run from 6pm to 8pm and all are welcome.

Council introduces new traffic rules for Lancaster city centre pedestrain zone

29/1/14: New rules which aim to reduce the amount of vehicle traffic in Lancaster’s pedestrian zone are due to come into force from next Monday (3rd February). As part of the Lancaster Square Routes project, Lancashire County Council is bringing in an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.

Williamson Park Needs Yews!

28/1/14: A number of yew trees are being replaced around the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park to enhance the historic landmark. Lancaster City Council is removing existing trees from around the outside of the Memorial this week. The project will be completed in line with the recently commissioned Landscape and Woodland Management Plan.

Council considering plans to convert St Leonard’s House into student/young worker accommodation

28/1/14: Lancaster City Council has issued a full statement on its ongoing discussion about the future of St. Leonard's House, confirming that proposals to convert St Leonard’s House in Lancaster into student/young worker accommodation have been given the green light to progress to the next stage.

Salt Ayre offers free sport on your doorstep for 13 to 19-year-olds

24/1/14: Lancaster City Council and the University of Cumbria are joining forces to deliver a new Doorstep Sports Club at Salt Ayre Sports Centre. A doorstep sports club provides numerous sports and free coaching to young people aged 13 to 19 and has proved popular across the UK.

Future plans for St Leonards House go before Cabinet today

21/1/14: Lancaster City Council's Cabinet is meeting today and will consider the future of St Leonard's House on St Leonardgate.

Latest stage of "Square Routes" project gets under way in March (and the horseshoe will be back!)

21/1/14: £1 million of investment is set to pave the way towards reviving the heart of Lancaster city centre with improvement works beginning in early March 2014.

Fees and charges to be considered by Cabinet, future of St Leonards House to be debated

10/1/14: Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet will discuss fees and charges across a range of council services at its next meeting on 21st January, which will include price rises for charges for facilities at Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Community Pools, Williamson Park, the area's Parks and Recreation Grounds.

Have your say on councillor expenses

6/1/14: Lancaster City Council is inviting local people to have their say on councillor allowances by becoming members of the Independent Remuneration Panel. The IRP recommends the level of allowances and expenses paid to city councillors under the Members Allowance Scheme.

Moorlands Hotel set to become flats?

23/12/13: 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.

Lancaster City Council gets homes funding boost from government despite scheme criticisms

17/12/13: Lancaster City Council is to get £2,450,288 from government as a "New Homes Bonus", despite criticism of the schemne from Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in October. The Government estimates that 232,000 extra households will need homes each year to 2033 but in 2012 only 115,600 new homes were built in England.

Changes to council services and opening times this Christmas

13/12/13: There will be a number of changes to the availability of Lancaster City 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 9.00am (until 5.00pm) on Monday 30th December.

Clear up well under way after major storm hits Lancaster and Morecambe area

6/12/13: Council staff are busy cleaning up after the storm today - a full team were at work clearing leaf fall in Skerton before it blocked drains this morning Lancaster City Council staff are working hard clearing up the aftermath of Thursday’s storm. High winds caused disruption as they battered the district, bringing down trees in place like Grimshaw Lane, and causing damage to buildings.

Council launches parking strategy consultation, charges to be reviewed

3/12/13: Lancaster City Council is inviting comments on its draft parking strategy for the district, which includes a potential review of parking charges and changes to regulations that mean the County Council is now in charge of maintaining (and creating) resident parking schemes. The draft strategy was approved by the council’s Cabinet in October and is now open to public consultation.