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January 2010

Pools decision called-in for scrutiny

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 13:54: The City Council's decision to hand back three community pools to Lancashire County Council has been called-in for scrutiny. The county council owns pools next to schools in Hornby, Carnforth and Heysham, but they are currently managed by Lancaster City Council and subsidised to the tune of £133,500. The pools are mainly used to provide swimming for schools and swimming clubs.

Morecambe rape to be featured on tonight’s Crimewatch

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 16:49: Local police are to appear on BBC's Crimewatch tonight, to appeal for further information following a New Year’s Day sex attack. Detective Inspector Jo Dent, of Morecambe CID, will make the appeal on the show, which will air on BBC 1 tonight. (Weds). The appeal follows an incident on New Year’s Day, when a woman was raped after meeting her attacker in the town’s Coast venue.

Thunderbirds Aren't Go at the Platform

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 14:53: Local fans of Gerry Anderson's 1960s cult puppet show Thunderbirds are downhearted that Lady Penelope, aka Sylvia Anderson, won't be visiting Morecambe next month.

Woman fined after buying alcohol for youngsters

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 10:54: A woman identified on CCTV after an appeal by local media has been given an £80 fine after buying four-litres of alcohol for young girls – who later ended up drunk by Lancaster canal. The three 12-year-olds had approached the 36-year-old woman outside a store in Lancaster and asked her to buy them two two-litre bottles of cider in November last year.

The Holocuast Remembered

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 14:35: Lancaster is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day through as series of events co-ordinated by NCBI Lancashire. Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is challenging everyone across the UK to become part of a Legacy of Hope.

Police praised after River Lune rescue

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 13:14: Police officers have been praised for their swift actions after a dramatic river rescue was launched to save the lives of two men who had earlier been seen in Lancaster city centre in an altercation. The rescue began after an officer on patrol heard splashing sounds coming from the River Lune, next to Skerton Bridge, in Lancaster on Friday evening.

City Council's latest Litter Campaign raises surveillance concerns

Monday, January 25, 2010 - 11:43: Some locals have raised in concern at the latest salvo from Lancaster City Council against littering - which included the photograph of an alleged 'butt dropper' in a press release.

Subtext: Call for Volunteers

Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 11:32: Subtext, Lancaster University's alternative fortnightly e-newsletter, faces closure unless new volunteers can be found to join its team. The popular e-newsletter, targeted mainly at staff and post-grads, launched in December 2005 following the university administration's controversial prosecution of the George Fox 6.

Transport campaigners welcome Heysham Link inquiry

Friday, January 22, 2010 - 10:40: Local transport campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe have welcomed the announcement by the Government to hold a public inquiry into the Lancashire County Council plan to build the highly controversial Heysham M6 Link HGV route across the North Lancashire Green Belt.

City looks at taking back Museum control

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 14:37: Lancaster City Council has issued Lancashire County Council with 24 months notice to end the present agreement where the county council runs its museums with the aim of providing better value for money to local residents.

Icy Pavements: Should Councils Have Done More?

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 12:00: The Department of Transport has advised local MP Geraldine Smith councils should, perhaps, done more to clear pavements and roads during the recent snowy weather.

New community beat manager for Carnforth

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 10:22: A new community beat manager is set to take over the Carnforth neighbourhood policing team. PC Andy Taylor will start his patrols on Monday 18th January, with his beat including the Highfield estate, Carnforth High School and the three local primary schools, and will be working with PSCO Sarah Leverton and will be based at Carnforth police station.

County to decide on Pools future

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 09:12: Lancaster City Council says it will be up to Lancashire County Council to decide the fate of community swimming pools in Hornby, Carnforth and Heysham - effectively washing its hands of the issue which has outraged users.

Ofsted: Top Marks for Cumbria Uni's Lancaster Pre-School Centre

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 10:02: Ofsted has completed a glowing report on the University of Cumbria Pre-School Centre in Lancaster stating that “The very experienced and skilled staff group have an excellent knowledge of each individual child's needs and interests and they make sure that they successfully promote children's welfare and learning to an excellent standard”.

It Bites Charity Concert in Lancaster: Date Set

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 09:04: Legendary Cumbrian band It Bites will be recording their new live DVD/CD package at the University of Cumbria on Friday 12th February.

Appeal for information on missing Poulton man

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 16:48: Police are appealing for information after a Poulton man went missing from his home on Saturday, whose blue Vauxhall Astra was found abandoned in Scorton on Sunday. 26-year-old David Thompson has not been seen since the early hours of the morning and police are now concerned for his welfare.

Government reports threaten Heysham Link road funding?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 14:42: Plans to build the controversial Heysham M6 Link Road face yet another major hurdle following the publication of Government reports. Research for the Highways Agency casts major doubt on the value for money of road building, and the findings coincide with warnings from the Department for Transport that regional authorities should expect substantial cuts in their transport funding.

New CCTV appeal following Morecambe rape

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 13:32: Above: A still from CCTV footage of a suspect being sought in connection with a sex attack in Morecambe on New Year's Day. The suspect is shown above the blurred square on the screen (the blur is concealing the victim). Police are distributing dual-language posters in an appeal for fresh information following a New Year’s Day sex attack in Morecambe.

Edinburgh Festival Smash comes to the Nuffield

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 13:04: Described as "a piece of theatre that makes your heart sing, makes you feel good about all of humanity, and makes you want to stand up... and fling off your clothes and dance.", the critically acclaimed Trilogy, from Nic Green and her company, comes to Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre at the end of this month.

Going Self Employed? Before You Begin...

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 12:52: Business support provider Enterprise4all are hosting a workshop aimed at people who are considering self-employment on 26th January. It's free of charge and each delegate receives an 'Essential Business' workbook, and will address questions such as: • Are you ready to run your own business? • What is your business idea? • Will there be enough customers? • Who else is doing it?

Rope across road puts motorists at risk

Monday, January 18, 2010 - 10:33: Local police are warning of the risks to motorists after a piece of rope was stretched dangerously across a Silverdale road. The rope was pulled taut across Lindeth Road on 8th January, but fortunately a passing motorist recognised the danger and removed the obstruction.

In Review: Experimentality - Photography Competition and Exhibition

Friday, January 15, 2010 - 18:52: Peter Scott Gallery 13 January to 6 February 2010 Review by Helen, Events Editor I was excited by the prospect of a photography exhibition entitled ‘Experimentality’.

Choral concert helps to celebrate town hall centenary

Friday, January 15, 2010 - 12:21: Lancaster City Council will celebrate the 100th birthday of Lancaster Town Hall on Friday 29th January with a very special concert. The very first public concert to be performed in the town hall to celebrate its opening in 1909 was by the Lancaster and District Male Voice Choir. A century later and they have been invited back to perform.

Binmen: 'We're coming as soon as we can'

Friday, January 15, 2010 - 11:07: Lancaster City Council’s refuse workers are doing their utmost to empty bins and recycling boxes which were missed in the recent spell of severe weather (see news story).

Masked Murder at the Midland!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 12:07: Morecambe's classy Midland Hotel - used in the past for location work for ITV's Poirot - plays host to a Murder Mystery on Friday 22nd January, performed by the After Dark Theatre Company while you enjoy a candlelit 3 course meal. The mystery theme continues on Saturday night with a Masked Dinner Dance and entertainment for the Midland’s resident High Society Jazz Band.

Take tea with the mayor

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 14:14: The Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Roger Sherlock, would like to invite people to join him for afternoon tea next week. The mayor will be holding ‘at home’ events at The Platform in Morecambe on Wednesday 20th January from 3.00pm to 6.00pm, and Lancaster Town Hall on Saturday 23rd January from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Local Wildlife face winter nightmare

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 11:06: Picture by Ian Britton via FreeFoto Whilst we are held to ransom by a serious cold snap, wildlife may also be struggling to cope with the snow and ice, warns the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, and the organisation is urging us all to take some steps to help out. Our wildlife is amazingly hardy and adaptable and can put up with a pounding from the weather.

Cruel tomb raiders sought

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 10:13: Police are appealing for information after a thief stole a stone memorial from a grave in Morecambe’s Torrisholme cemetery. The two-foot high bible, carved from granite, was taken from the cemetery in the Westgate area of the town between 1st - 6th January. The £1,000 bible has a gold inscription from the gospel of John on one side and a personal tribute on the other.

Occasional Drama Set for Lancaster's St. Johns

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 11:12: The Committee of The Friend's of St John's - the closed church near Lancaster's bus station - have formed their own drama group named the St John's Occasionals. St John's has long been established as a concert venue and since April 2009 has widened the nature of events that it hosts, which have included lectures, exhibitions and fairs for local charities such as Animal Care.

Council sounds positive note on Centros knockback

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 21:41: Far from being disappointed about the Secretary of State's recent decision on the Centros proposals, Lancaster City Council says it is more than pleased with the outcome: and despite the evident opposition from locals, it looks like they're going to push for a similar use of the Canal Corridor - but perhaps with less shops.

Cycling Advice for Chilled out Cyclists!

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 16:00: The local adverse weather conditions in the Lancaster and Morecambe area might put off many people from venturing out, but some cyclists are braving the worst. Lancaster's Celebrating Cycling organisation advises that at present, local main roads are currently rideable with care.

Refuse and recycling collections hit by bad weather

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 15:17: The continuing severe weather conditions has meant Lancaster City Council has been unable to make refuse and recycling collections in some areas of the district between Monday 4th January and Friday 8th January, so there are now some changes to collection dates next week (beginning 11th January).

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 12:05: We may be deep in cold weather torpor now, but by the end of February, we're sure everyone will be in the mood to join friends and family to welcome in 2010 - the Year of the Tiger - at Lancaster's festival for Chinese and Asian culture.

Snow makes parts of Lancaster no go for drivers, pedestrians

Friday, January 8, 2010 - 11:47: Several of Lancaster's hillier streets have become no-go to vehicles, except to happily sliding bin lid kids, as unfortunate drivers have discovered how slippery the white stuff really gets. In Aberdeen Road, a van came to an abrupt halt as it slid into the side of a house, with help from the vehicle behind (see pic). Think on folks.

City Council, Police Help Out in Snow Chaos

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 10:55: Lancashire County Council may have left its taxpayers in the lurch if they don't live on an A-road or want to use pavements safely - but other local agencies have been working all out to keep the area going. Lancaster City Council, for example, had workers out this morning gritting the Millennium Bridge and cycle path, to the obvious relief of pedestrians.

Canal Corridor Public Meeting Announced

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 10:51: Development campaign group It's Our City are to hold a public meeting on Tuesday 19th January to consider the main elements of the inspector's report which led to the dismissal by the Secretary of State of the Centros applications for the Canal Corridor North Site at the Public Inquiry. "We also do need to discuss a positive way forward for the development of this site," said a spokesperson.

No change on County' "no pavement gritting" policy

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 10:08: As pavements became ice rinks this morning as snow froze overnight, there was no good news for pedestrians facing ungritted pavements in the local area. As we reported yesterday, local Green councillors have condemned Lancashire County Council's lack of gritting of pavements.

Dog, drugs and cash seized during Skerton raid

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 13:26: Police seized a suspected dangerous dog, drugs and cash during a raid on a house in Lancaster yesterday. The four-year-old suspected pitbull was confiscated by officers after they executed a dangerous dogs warrant at a property in Noel Road, Skerton, at around 1.00pm on Monday 4th January.

Budget consultation events cancelled in Carnforth

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 13:22: Lancaster City Council has unfortunately had to cancel a public exhibition and workshop due to take place in Carnforth today (Tuesday January 5) due to adverse weather conditions.

Icy pavements "A Death Trap", say Greens

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 13:17: Green councillors have called on Lancashire County Council to prioritise gritting of pavements rather than just major roads. "Many people, including me, have fallen over in the last few weeks and there seems virtually no gritting of pavements outside the town centre," commented John O'Gaunt ward Councillor Jude Towers.

Keep your dogs on a lead, police warn

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 12:57: Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets on leads when out walking on farm land after a spate of attacks on sheep.

Big Chill Continues in Lancaster

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 09:38: Travelling to work in the Lancaster and Morecambe area proved treacherous this morning, as snow again blanketed much of the area. Minor accidents on several roads - even gritted surfaces - were causing headaches for both those involved and local police. Across Lancashire, police were advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Wassailing Tradition Makes it Three in a Row

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 16:27: The Fairfield Association will be hosting their third traditional Wassailing event on Saturday 16th January. This will be the third time in living memory that Lancaster has hosted a Wassailing – the first two years were a rip-roaring success with over 100 people in attendance.

Evofit released following sexual assault in Morecambe

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 14:51: The police have released an evofit of a man who is believed to have seriously sexually assaulted a woman in the early hours of New Year’s Day. The incident took place in a house near to the town centre at around 7.00am. The victim, who is in her forties, met her alleged attacker in Coast nightclub on New Year’s Eve.

Charity Chamber Music Concert at the Priory

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 11:21: A concert of chamber music to raise money for the Doublejoy Orphanage Kenya will take place at Lancaster Priory on Saturday 9th January, opening with a performance of Haydn’s string quartet in G op. 77 No.1 by a group of Lancaster’s rising musical talents.

What Now for the Tramway?

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 09:17: Lancaster's disused Tramway pub on St Leonard's Gate, owned by Mitchells and in a sorry state of repair. This is just one of several properties owned by Mitchells that appears to have been left to rot, a victim of continuing uncertainty over the future of development of the "Canal Corridor".