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January 2009

The Cartoon History of Arnside...

Arnside Educational Institute will be one stop on a tour of The Cartoon History of Here in April, a live-action cartoon created by Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian, Ian McMillan and several times Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband.

Taxi driver's licensing appeal rejected

Magistrates have upheld a decision by Lancaster City Council’s Licensing Regulatory Committee to revoke a taxi driver’s licence after he letting down the tyres of a policeman’s fast response vehicle.

Lancaster MEP Brands Cannabis Law Change "Ludicrous"

The government's decision to upgrade cannabis to 'Class B' status has been branded as ludicrous by a Liberal Democrat MEP. North West MEP Chris Davies said the change took no account of evidence, ignored the advice of expert advisors, and risked ruining the lives of thousands of young people.

Link Road Funding Agreed but Bypass Still Not Definite

Last Updated 29 January 2009 The Government this week granted the controversial Heysham M6 Link Road “Programme Entry” status in its bid to secure funding -- but no money has been earmarked for congestion relief in Lancaster and Morecambe and the scheme may still not get the go ahead if its costs rise significantly.

Happy Birthday, Juicafe!

This weekend sees Juicafe, Lancaster’s smoothie and Milkshake cafe on Lower Damside Street, celebrate its second birthday. The cafe will be running special offers all weekend... and look out for the escaped banana in the city centre!

Campaign Group Delight at Canal Corridor Plan Inquiry

News that plans for the development of Lancaster's Canal Corridor will go to public inquiry have been met with delight by campaign group It's Our City . Folowing calls from both local people and national organisations, the Secretary of State has decided to hold a public inquiry into the Centros plans earlier this month (see news story).

Public's views sought on Conservation Areas

Brookhouse. Photo by Glyn Shentall. Used with kind permission. © All rights reserved. Lancaster City Council has begun an assessment of its 37 conservation areas, beginning with those in Bolton-le-Sands, Brookhouse, Halton, Hornby, Slyne, Warton and Wray.

It's National Rabbit Week!

National Rabbit Week starts tomorrow (24th) and the Hutches Crutches Pet Centre in Bolton-le-Sands has been in touch to let us know they will be running a number of free demonstrations in store promoting rabbit welfare. Take your rabbit along for free claw clipping, dietary advice and learn how to check for potential health problems (Please phone the centre on 727600 to make an appointment).

"Winter Vomiting" Advice Re-Issued

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) North West has repeated its plea to people with norovirus infection (winter vomiting) not to attend GP surgeries or hospital Accident and Emergency Units, to avoid the risk of passing on infection to more vulnerable patients.

Cash Boost for University of Cumbria

It's just been announced that Britain’s newest academic centre for learning, the University of Cumbria, has secured £26m over the next eight years, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the region. The UoC has campuses and sites in Ambleside and Lancaster (formerly St. Martins College) and elsewhere.

Get your hands on some special spuds!

We can all name our favourite potato-based feasts – hot salty chips, fluffy steaming baked spuds, or the first fresh salad ‘taters’ of the year. But how many varieties of the humble potato could you name?

Honorary Alderman Dies

Honorary Alderman Arthur Briggs MBE, who was 101, has died. Mr Briggs, was elected to represent the Bolton-le-Sands ward in 1973 and served until 2003.passed away on Monday (January 19) morning. He was 101. Over the years he served on a number of committees and was mayor in 1987/88.

Welcome Stories Reveal Lancaster's diverse community

A new web site, Welcome Stories, has just gone live, detailing stories from local people about their experiences of 'welcome and belonging' in the Lancaster and Morecambe District.

What Secrets are Our MPs Hiding?

Update: The Guardian reported today that Gordon Brown announced the withdrawal of a plan to keep details of MPs' expenses secret at Prime Minister's Question Time, following the collapse overnight of a bipartisan agreement between the prime minister and David Cameron. On the 16th May 2008, the High Court ruled that MPs' expenses must be published under the Freedom of Information Act.

Council "Wastes Money" on Centros Inquiry

Green councillors have condemned Lancaster City Council's proposal to spend £100,000 on the Centros public inquiry into the canal corridor development (see news story) at a time when the Council is trying to save £1.7 million in next year's budget.

In Review: Vivid Arts at Lancaster Library

It was very dark and very, very wet and miserable at 7pm last Saturday, 17th January 2009. A truly wretched evening. And I had no idea what to do. Should I play chess with my computer? Go to the pub and listen to some bore droning on about football/ his play station/ how things were better in the past?

Standing Up To Hatred

This year's local Holocaust Memorial Day Candle-lighting Commemoration will take place on Thursday 29th January 2009 at 6.30pm in the Peace Garden, Lancaster Town Hall. This year the theme of the event is “Stand Up To Hatred”.

Sainsbury's Expansion Proposed

Above: What the revamped Sainsbury's store would look like from the car park. Image courtesy Sainsbury's. (Updated 23/1/09): Sainsbury’s has begun a public consultation event to ask for views on a proposed extension to their Cable Street store in Lancaster which the supermarket chains says could bring over 20 new jobs, as well as a better range of goods.

Hornby High Plans Under Review

New proposals to close Hornby High School, which are being fought by locals, will be discussed by Lancaster City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny committee later this month. The renewed proposals to close the school come just a year after the County decided not to proceed with plans to close it and Skerton High, after fierce opposition from parents and staff.

Uni Gets Student Thumbs Up

Lancaster University has climbed 10 places in the Times Higher Education’s annual rankings of student satisfaction.