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February 2009

Sainsbury's Plans for Morecambe Football Club Revealed

Sainsbury’s has revealed its plans for its new store at Christie Park, home of Morecambe FC, following a three-day consultation event. Almost 200 local residents and stakeholders, including local MP Geraldine Smith, attended the event, which kicked off with an evening preview session on Thursday 19 February and was followed by two full exhibition days on the Friday and Saturday.

Toilet Closures "Inconvenient", say Conservatives

Carnforth ccouncillor Tony Johnson has condemned proposals by the Council to close rural toilets. "An alliance of the Greens and the Conservatives on Lancaster City Council have 'saved' the community swimming pools," the Conservative councillor notes in response to the announced proposals for £1.7 million of budget cuts.

Green Leader to visit Lancaster

Green Party Leader and MEP for the South East Caroline Lucas will speak at a meeting in Lancaster in March just prior to the Green Party spring conference in Blackpool. The meeting titled - Future Bleak or Future Green? - will take place in the Hugh Pollard lecture theatre on the University of Cumbria campus on Bowerham Road, Lancaster.

City Council Faced Bankruptcy, Says Barry

The government and the national media are crowing about the "good news" regarding low council tax rises -- expected to average at around 3% across the UK as a whole. Locally however, councillors and staff having to implement wide-ranging service cuts to keep rises below the government's five per cent cap are far from happy.

Citizens' Advice Vital Role Threatened by Council Cuts

Supporters of Lancaster and Morecambe Citizens' Advice Bureaux, which are facing a £20,000 reduction in their budget, are asking for help to stop the cuts. Lancaster City Council is proposing to cut £20,000 funding from these bureaux as they struggle to find savings and keep council tax rises to government imposed limits.

Toilet Closure "Called In"

Lancaster City Council's unpopular plan to close 13 pubic toilets and offer a ‘Community Toilet’ scheme instead has been "called in" by the council's monitoring group, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Local Card Firm to Expand

Lancaster-based G-T-P Group Ltd, which offers a range of card issuing and transaction services, has been presented with an £185,000 Grants for Business Investment Award from the Northwest Regional Development Agency, to grow within the financial services sector, creating 25 jobs.

New Nuke Build? Your Views Wanted - But Tell Us Who You Are First

(Updated 25/2/08 after comment from the power station on 'advance booking' concerns): Residents around Heysham Nuclear Power Station are being offered the chance to hear first hand about plans to nominate land next to the site for new nuclear build -- even though such plans were dismissed in the past, as geological problems mean the Heysham site is not suitable for expansion.

Library Building Work Announced

Lancaster Central Library and has announced that both the main and junior libraries will be closed from 1.00pm on Wednesday 11th March for some exploratory building work, tied in with the Lottery funded refurbishment due this year.

Don't Close Anchor Lane, say Greens

Lancaster City Council has received a planning application to install glass doors at either end of Anchor Lane, which links Lancaster Market Square with Church Street so that these doors can be locked shut when the cinema is not open.

Council Cuts Services, More to Come?

(Updated 27/2/09, redundancy cost figure corrected): Public toilets, The Dukes, Salt Ayre Leisure Centre and Citizens Advice all face massive cuts in their budget as Lancaster City Council struggles to balance its finances to keep the council tax down and find £1.7 million of savings from its budget.

Lancaster community say 'No!' to plastic

Lancastrians of any religion or none are giving up buying plastic for Lent (25 February - 11 April).

Cash up for Grabs for Cycling Projects

Got an idea that will help boost cycling in the Lancaster and Morecambe District? If so, Lancaster City Council's Cycling Demonstration Town Team wants to hear from you.

Watch out for the Vegetable Nannies!

The Dukes and Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre are celebrating the launch of ‘A Night Less Ordinary', a new national scheme that’s allowing the two theatre venues to team up and offer thousands of free tickets to local young people under the age of 26.

Experimental drawing showcased at Uni

Artwork by student Claire-Louise Nutbrown in the University of Cumbria exhibition. Trainee art teachers from the University of Cumbria will be exhibiting their experimental and innovative drawings in the Lancaster Campus's Alexandra Gallery from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 February to 26 February.

Comic Fans Gather...

Lancaster's comics fans gather at the Gregson this week, for an event organised by Lancaster's First Age Comics, which is based in the Assembly Rooms in King Street. The Uncanny League Of Astonishing Amazers will kick off at 8.00pm on Wednesday (18 Frebruary) at the Gregson in Moor Lane.

More Public Toilets to Go

With Lancaster City Council facing perhaps its worst financial crisis in years as it seeks savings of some £1.7 million, cut backs to services are under discussion this week that include the closure of over 10 public toilets.

Sainsbury's Showcases New Store Plans

Sainsbury’s will be holding a public exhibition to showcase its plans for a new store at Christie Park, Morecambe and ask for feedback from the community before submitting a planning application. The drop-in exhibition will be held at the Directors' Lounge at Morecambe Football Club on Friday 20 February from 9.00am to 7.00pm and Saturday 21 February from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Virtual-Lancaster Down but Not Out

The main virtual-lancaster.net is currently offline. Our hard working and fab technical team is busy shifting the sites to a better server and we fully expect to be back up and running later today, Thursday 12 February .

MP Savages Government Plans for Post Office

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP Geraldine Smith joined other MPs in a heated debate on the future of the Royal Mail in Parliament yesterday, roundly condemning the Government's handling of the Post Office and continuing her strident opposition to its part privatisation.

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