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Chief Regeneration & Planning Officer announces retirement

2/2/18: Andrew Dobson, Lancaster City Council’s Chief Officer (Regeneration and Planning), has announced his retirement and will leave the authority next Friday February 9 2018.

Shadow Health Secretary in Lancaster to address the NHS crisis

2/2/18: Shadow Secretary for Health Jon Ashworth spoke at Lancaster Town Hall last Friday. He gave a damning critique of the current government's handling of the crisis it had created in public healthcare and outlined Labour's plans for a sustainable NHS.

Private Morecambe 'Trust' Ambulance Service company liquidates without warning

2/2/18: Up to 250 staff employed by Morecambe-based Trust Medical Service Ltd were told on Monday that they wouldn't be paid for the month as the company was shutting down without warning.

Man charged after disabled pensioner mugged in street

26/1/18: A man has been charged with the robbery of an elderly man in Lancaster on Wednesday morning (January 24th). The incident happened at around 11am after the victim, 80, left the Nationwide Building Society on Market Street after withdrawing cash.

Documenting Dissent Celebrates centuries of local dissidence

22/1/18: Global Link invites you on Tuesday to the culmination of their 'Documenting Dissent' project, charting movements for peace, internationalism and citizenship in the years after WW1. Lancaster's history is more than kings and merchants - these are the stories of people who rebelled - and sometimes won

Oil & gas industry expert Mike Hill to give talk on fracking in Lancaster

22/1/18: Gas & oil industry expert Mike Hill is holding a public talk at Lancaster Town Hall on Tuesday 6 February. Exploration licenses have been sold for several other sites in Lancashire, including Roseacre Wood, Halsall near Ormskirk and in Lancaster, as well as at the current site at Preston New Road.

Lancaster Canal Restoration Company formed

19/1/18: Work on restoring the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield locks, near Carnforth, continues at a smart pace thanks to the Northern Reaches Restoration CIC, a group formed by local volunteer Colin Ogden, and substantially supported by the Canal & River Trust

County agrees increase to library fees and to step up Friends' Groups

19/1/18: Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed to increase charges in libraries, museums and archives, and also to change the Friends of Lancashire Libraries Constitution and Guidance to emphasise the role of Friends groups in supporting the service.

Work to prepare for repairs to Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge gathers pace

17/1/18: Lancashire County Council is alerting people to changes being made to roads in Lancaster to get ready for major repairs to the Greyhound Bridge, which will be closed from Monday 29 January for 6 months. See new traffic routes

Cat Smith announces labour challenge

12/1/18: Our congratulations to Lancaster & Fleetwood MP Cat Smith and her husband Ben Soffa who have delightedly announced they are expecting their first child this summer.

Lancashire County Council considers more spending cuts

10/1/18: Lancashire County Council's cabinet is set to consider further savings of more than £11m when it meets next week.

Police appeal to trace dog owner after sheep attack in Warton

10/1/18: Police are appealing to trace the owner of a dog following the death of a sheep in Warton, Carnforth.

Aldcliffe Hall Drive: PC to apply for 'restricted byway' status

22/12/17: Aldcliffe-with-Stodday PC has resolved to apply to Lancs County Council to have Aldcliffe Hall Drive identified as a 'restricted byway' on the definitive map under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. They received 105 submissions of the 11-page evidence form from the public in support.

Lancaster City Council approves its Local Plan for publication

22/12/17: Lancaster City Council has agreed a six-week formal publication period of its new Local Plan, from early February, to allow for final representations on whether the proposed plan is ‘legally compliant and sound’ before it is submitted for independent examination by a government appointed inspector

Lancaster University launches new Health Innovation Campus

22/12/17: Lancaster University has announced a major investment that they are hoping will help improve advances in health care and significantly contribute to the regional economy.

Green Party spills the beans on risky Canal Corridor leases

12/12/17: The Green Party have published a damning exposé of the financial risks to the City Council from British Land's Canal Corridor plans, claiming the Labour Council is negotiating a lease on the same upward-only terms that cost Lancaster its £500kpa-losing Indoor Market - and £13m+ to get out of.

Over 100 guns handed in to Police Amnesty

1/12/17: 115 firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition were handed into Lancashire Constabulary during a two-week surrender, where police forces across the country urged people to ‘give up the gun’. A WW1 machine gun and 41 pin fire rounds were also amongst the haul handed in by members of the public

Council statement ties flood management to Garden Village Plan

1/12/17: Following on from our recent article reporting concerns that greenfield development at Bailrigg had contributed to last week's disastrous flooding in Galgate, Lancaster City Council has issued a statement tying flood management measures to major new greenfield development plans at Bailrigg.

Neuro-Drop-In Centre gets Xmas boost from the Co-op

30/11/17: Lancaster's Neuro Drop-In Centre were delighted to receive a generous donation of £2968.00 from the Co-op. The centre for people with any neurological condition is having to relocate from its current premises and is looking for a new home, so the help is very timely.

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