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March 2009

Council's Street Pride Scheme Extended

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 11:41: A further 22 areas which will benefit from Lancaster City Council’s ‘Street Pride’ cleaning scheme have been named, including locations in Morecambe, Heysham and Carnforth.

Centros Protesters due for Trial

Monday, March 30, 2009 - 21:12: Four members of Lancaster United, an opposition group to Centros’s now infamous canal corridor development, will begin their defence at Westminster Magistrates court on the 8th and 9th April. They face charges of aggravated trespass following a peaceful protest staged at the Centros offices in London last December (see news story).

Lunecy Review Launched

Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 09:50: If you're fan of local arts - theatre, writing, music, poetry, art - then check out new web site The Lunecy Review, who are keen to attract more writers for the project. The brainchild of Kev McVeigh (pictured), it's dedicated to covering the arts in the Lancaster and South Lakes areas.

Local Girl Wins national 'Bike It' Prize

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 22:56: Amaranta Williams, a pupil from Dallas Road Primary School, recently beat pupils from other Sustrans Bike It schools across the North with her colourful bike flag design and won a brand new Islabike. Six other pupils from the school, along with pupils from other local Bike It schools were chosen to have their flag designs made into real flags for their bikes.

Amnesty's Good Friday Gig

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 22:34: The Lancaster Group of Amnesty International are hosting a fundraising gig at The Gregson on Good Friday (10th April) with an eclectic mix of local talent, including Al Baker The Dole Queue, the 'astoundingly good' post-rock band from Kirkby Lonsdale The Dark Con of Man, acoustic guitarist Steph Fraser, Benni Beard, The Idol Minds and DJ SilentMark.

Local MEP delighted by vistory for Valencian land grab victims

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 22:29: The European Parliament's adoption of a highly critical report into so-called 'Valencian land grabs' will send a powerful signal to the Spanish authorities to end this scandal, feels local MEP Sir Robert Atkins, Conservative petitions spokesman in Strasbourg.

Lancaster City Council and Centros Issue Statement on Canal Corridor

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 22:14: Lancaster City Council and developer Centros have issued the following statement regarding the proposed Canal Corridor development, which we publish here in full: Lancaster City Council will take a leading role at the inquiry to promote the development of the Canal Corridor North.

Cycling Activities for Youngsters at Lancaster City Museum

Monday, March 23, 2009 - 09:49: Lancaster City Council’s Cycling Demonstration Town Team is offering free cycling activities for children as part of the ‘Get on Yer Bike’ exhibition at Lancaster City Museum. These fun sessions will take place on Friday 17 April between 10.00am and 1.00pm when youngsters aged 5 - 11, can enjoy a mixture of craft and bike maintenance workshops.

In Review: Guys and Dolls

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 00:09: Guys and Dolls Based on stories by Damon Runyan Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and Lancaster Royal Grammar School The actors and production team from the two Lancaster grammar schools are again to be congratulated on another high quality musical production, one with its own particular musical and dramatic challenges.

Conservatives Cry Foul on Council Tax

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 21:59: Local Conservatives have hit out at changes in the Council Tax which they say are unfair to the area's rural households. Last December, Lancaster City Council decided to change the system of allocating City Council expenditure of Council Tax between Council Tax payers in different parts of the District.

Mumps Outbreak at Lancaster University

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 16:01: Students at Lancaster University are being offered MMR vaccine after an outbreak of mumps. Eight clinical cases of mumps have been reported in the university’s student population within the last week. Mumps is a contagious viral infection of the parotid salivary glands, located just below and in front of the ears.

Pets Dumped in Local Bottle Banks

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 15:17: Locals are being urged to check their nearby bottle and recycling banks before they dispose of their empties - because there could be more inside them than reusables. This week's Morecambe Visitor reports that pet rabbits, kittens and a guinea pig have all been dumped in local bottle banks, which then ate their own fur and skin in a desperate bid to survive.

Students Sports Support for Local Youngsters

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 14:53: Students from the University of Cumbria have been putting on free sports coaching sessions for local youngsters on the Lancaster (St. Martins) campus.

Half Term Holidays: No Time to Be Bored!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:45: Lancaster City Council is offering a variety of activities during the April and May school holidays (Monday, April 6 – Friday April 17, excluding the bank holiday weekend) and (Tuesday May 26 – Friday May 29) for children aged between 4 and 16 years old. But you’ll have to be quick - places fill up very quickly for these popular activities.

Centros does the chicken run

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 15:38: Local Greens say they are "unsurprised" by the announcement from developer Centros that it will not appear in an independent public inquiry to address the soundness of its proposals for Lancaster's canal corridor (see news story).

Canal Corridor: Alternative Scheme Revealed

Friday, March 13, 2009 - 13:26: SAVE’s scheme for Lancaster's Canal Corridor site, drawn by Richard Griffiths Architects After news that developer Centros has pulled out of the forthcoming Public Inquiry into its controversial Canal Corridor scheme for Lancaster (see news story), campaign group SAVE Britain’s Heritage has revealed its own blueprint for the regeneration of the area.

Post Office Privatisation: The Case Crumbles, says MP

Friday, March 13, 2009 - 08:24: Local MP Geraldine Smith challenged Prime Minister on government plans to privatise the Post Office this week, arguing the case for the scheme was "crumbling". "The case for the partial sale of Royal Mail is crumbling and opposition is growing across the country and in this House," she argued during PM Questions on Wednesday, continuing her campaign against the plans.

Centros pulls out of Canal Corridor Planning Inquiry

Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 15:36: Developers Centros have announced they will not appear at the forthcoming public inquiry into the proposed Canal Corridor development scheme, leaving an already financially troubled City Council to stump up funds and defend the plans it has approved.

Over 60s dive in for free swimming

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 13:31: Local public swimming pools will open their doors free of charge to people aged 60 and over from 1st April as part of the Government’s Swim4life initiative.

Guardian, Visitor Owners Continued Financial Woes

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 11:11: With a staff freeze already in place at both the Lancaster Guardian and the Morecambe Visitor, there was more bad news for the local newspapers owner Johnston Press today when it announced a year-on-year drop in advertising revenue of more than 35% in the first months of 2009 as overall revenue fell by more than 12% last year.

'Holiday at Home' for British Tourism Week 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009 - 10:32: A 'Taste of Lancashire Food' at Lancaster Tourist Information Centre. Photo via: www.britishtourismweek.com Staff at Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres are inviting customers to call in and help them celebrate British Tourism Week (March 23 to 29).

Centros Scheme: Objections Deadline Looms

Friday, March 6, 2009 - 11:09: (Updated 8/3/09): The deadline to submit objections to the proposed Centros development for Lancaster's Canal Corridor is Monday 9th March. Developers Centros have not yet submitted their case, but the deadline for them to do so has been extended to March 13th which means that they can still submit, so the inquiry still looks to be going ahead at this stage.

Dome, Citizens Advice and Toilets Gain Cuts Reprieve

Friday, March 6, 2009 - 08:01: Lancaster City Council set its revenue budget for 2009/10 this week, with a Full Council Meeting reversing an earlier decision to close Morecambe Dome, keeping open all but two public toilets that had been ear marked for closure and removing the proposed £20,000 cut to Lancaster and Morecambe Citizens Advice Bureaux.

Heysham Wind Turbine Plans Revealed

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 11:26: Lancaster City Council has received a planning application to erect two wind turbines and ancillary equipment on land to the north of the existing BT Radio Station mast at Fanny House Farm, Heysham. It is now seeking comment on the plans from the public.

Labour Group Has Own Budget Plans for Council

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 10:53: Lancaster City Council’s Labour Group has revealed it is making a last minute attempt to set a budget that it says will be fair to the whole district and which it hopes will heal the Morecambe-Lancaster divide that has emerged in current debates.