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September 2008

Traffic Management Cheaper than Bypass, says expert

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 09:32: Concerned that vital Department for Transport appraisal guidance has not been followed in planning for the planned Heysham M6 Link road, and the fact that there is no clear statement as to what the costs really are, local campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) engaged a national transport expert, Keith Buchan, who works for transport planning consultants MTRU, to...

City Council Rejects Fluoridation of Water Supplies - Again

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 02:21: Lancaster City Council has voted to tell North Lancahire Primary Care Trust that they do not want artificial fluoride added to the drinking water of residents in this district. A full report Can be found here on the Council web site (PDF). .

Call for Mental Health Unit Plans to be Scrapped

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 02:12: Green Party County Councillor Chris Coates has called for Lancashire Care Trust (LCT) to scrap their plans for new mental health unit at Royal Albert fields, off Ashton Road in Lancaster, and to start the site selection process again.

Five Stars for The Ashton

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 01:58: Lancaster's new Ashton Hotel, which opened back in July, has just received its official rating from Visit Britain and achieved the highest star rating, making it the only five star accommodation in the city.

Autumn exhibition at Williamson Park

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 01:47: Williamson Park has announced the return of Andrew Stafford to the Williamson Gallery with his exhibition of new paintings. The exhibition, which runs from September 28 to November 16, contains 32 paintings, mainly landscapes, but also portraits and still-lifes. The title, Points of View, refers to the artist's approach.

Help bring about change an hour at a time

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 01:44: Do you have an hour to spare and skills that can be used to help others? If so, why not share your time and talents with members of your own community by becoming a member of a Time Bank. The Time Bank initiative is managed by the Lancaster District 50 Forward Project and is a way of sharing skills with neighbours and local residents, one hour at a time.

Howden Jones at The Platform

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 01:41: Local musicians Kate Howden and Paul Jones will be playing at The Platform, Morecambe on Friday 17th October. Doors open 8pm tickets £10 from The Box Office 01524 582803. "We’re now working on our sixth Album which is due for release that night," the pair told virtual-lancaster.

Lancaster's Litter Problem not helped by Planning Laws

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 00:50: Yet another late night fast food outlet looks set to get retrospective planning permission next month from Lancaster City Council, even though concerns have been raised about the possibility that granting the license will add to noise and litter problems in the area.

Girls should seize the opportunity of HPV protection

Friday, September 26, 2008 - 00:45: Justin McCracken, the Health Protection Agency’s Chief Executive, today urged parents to encourage their daughters to take up the offer of vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) Types 16 and 18, the strains of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers. Opening the annual Sexual Health of the North West Conference in Aintree, Liverpool, Mr.

Alternative Lancaster Map Online

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 17:16: Whether you're newly arrived in Lancaster or already a resident of our thriving metropolis, the newest, latest and greatest Blue Map v4 of Lancaster is a brilliant resource for anyone looking for some of its hidden gems of alternative culture.

One Planet Festival Planned

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 13:10: Lancaster's Town Hall will host the One Planet Festival between Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th October 2008, an event designed to highlight the issues surrounding climate change and to offer advice about practical action that people and communities can take to reduce their environmental footprint.

The Launch of 'The Round'

Friday, September 19, 2008 - 00:15: Dukes theatregoers now have to get used to a new vocabulary – The Rake (‘main theatre’ as was), and ‘The Round’: the small studio theatre behind it, which was square but which has now been nicely rounded (complete with comfortable seating), sound-proofed and expanded, but is still as intimate as ever (“with no audience member more than 3 rows from the action” see...

Free Book of NorthWest Short Stories

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 12:31: Author Stuart Maconie is currently writing a series of short stories about England's Northwest, from the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District and the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester to historic Chester and the cultural charms of Lancaster.

Heroes of She Single Launch at The Dukes

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 12:05: Lancaster band Heroes of She, the winners of the BT competition for the best band in the North West and whose fans include the CEO of one of the world's leading creative organisations, launch their debut single at a special gig at The Dukes, Lancaster, on 20 September.

Ridge Lea Petiton - Last Day to Sign

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 11:53: Local author Andy Diggle has been in contact, noting Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust proposal to try to sell off Ridge Lea Mental Hospital to property developers and then build a whole new facility on a wholly inappropriate greenfield site, instead of properly redeveloping the existing location.