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February 2010

Arson attack on old Lancaster Brewery

An arson attack took place on Lancaster's old Brewery on Saturday. The smoke was spotted by passersby and brought under control by the fire brigade. Although the fire was soon brought under control, virtual-lancaster understands the arson attack could have been far worse because it was set in a store for keg beers.

Conservative Councillor gets backing for swimming pool 'leaks'

The Conservative leader of Lancashire County Council has given his public support to City Council Conservative leader Roger Mace after he was relieved of duties for allegedly leaking details of a proposed deal between the city and county councils over three community pools that could save them from possible closure.

Conservatives undecided on Market future

Conservative City councillors have yet to decide how they will vote on proposals to close Lancaster Market by the end of the year when Full Council meet later this week.

Lancaster Market Protest: Council Solicitors act

Lancaster City Council has begun to use its solicitors to threaten campaigners fighting their plans to close Lancaster Market, arguing that they may have circulated what might be considered "commercially sensitive" information.

Lorry checks carried out at accident blackspot

Local police checked 60 lorries to make sure they were road worthy as part of an operation cracking down on vehicle safety at an accident black spot earlier this week. Officers involved in Operation HGV carried out stop checks on the A683 bypass at Heysham, to make sure vehicles coming to and from the port were safe.

Going, Going, Gone!

North Lancashire Green Party are holding an auction of goods and promises at the Park Hotel Bowerham Road. Lancaster at 8.00 pm on Saturday 27th February (viewing from 6.00 pm onwards).

Conservation area proposals go out to consultation

Lancaster City Council has launched a consultation into plans to help further protect the district’s unique character and history. Last year the council launched an indepth review to see if parts of Carnforth and Lancaster’s Cannon Hill should be designated as conservation areas.

Anger at Market closure grows, demonstration planned

Campaigners against the closure of Lancaster Market recently proposed by the City Council's cabinet have organised a demonstration at Morecambe Town Hall next week when the plans will be discussed by full Council.

Anglers, carers and musicians all benefit from Galbraith charity grants

Five community groups in Lancaster and Morecambe can get going with projects for people in the district, thanks to grants from the Galbraith Trust. The Galbraith Trust meets quarterly to make grants to groups with charitable purposes within the Lancaster district.

Council to clam up on Lancaster Market plans?

The full extent of Lancaster City Council's plans for Lancaster Market may be kept secret when they are discussed next week, hidden behind claims of commercial sensitivity - and denying the public and local press the full facts on what is being proposed.

Lancaster allotment project gets funding boost

Lancaster-based Community Interest Company Local and Effective Sustainable Solutions has been successful in its bid for over £200,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food scheme for a new allotment site and food growing project, 'Off the Ground'. The allotment site, on Ambleside Road, Lancaster, received planning permission last year and is likely to be open by June.

Transport campaigners launch fund-raising campaign

Campaigners against the proposed Heysham-M6 link road have just launched a campaign to raise funds to help them present its case at the 2010 Public Inquiry into the costly scheme.

'Robin Hood' Tax on banks to get Green support?

Proposals for a proposed "Robin Hood" tax on bank operations may get support from the Green Party this week, thanks to its local parliamentary candidate Gina Dowding.

Spotlight's Open Mic Slam tonight

Lancaster Spotlight hosts its Open Mic Slam at the Storey tonight (Friday February 19th). Compered by Simon Baker, the event gives contestants the chance to grab three minutes at the mic' and perform their way to audience acclaim and a £50 Cash Prize. You've got just 180 seconds to make an impact as a performer!

Lancaster Market to close by end of year?

Lancaster Market could shut by the end of the year, according to a report in the Lancaster Guardian today. The paper reports that the council has agreed in principle to close the indoor market and lease it to a single retailer, a decision was made in light of the market's growing debts and one council leaders was not taken lightly.

Police appeal after Morecambe pensioner injured in crash

Local police are appealing for information after an elderly pedestrian was left with serious head injuries following a road traffic collision. The 79-year-old was on the pedestrian crossing on the promenade, close to the Pier Hotel, at around 6.05pm on Monday 15th February when he was involved in a collision with a red Peugeot 106, driven by an 18-year-old.

Gang jailed for over 13 years after assault

A gang of men who targeted a vulnerable individual in a violent attack have been jailed for a total of over 13 years. Five men appeared at Preston Crown Court last week as a result of an assault in Harcourt Road, Lancaster in October 2008.

Heroes of She headline Haiti benefit

Local band Heroes of She will headline a Haiti benefit gig at Lancaster's Gregson Centre on Sunday 21st February. The band will bring a packed day of events to a close with the explosive, self-penned sounds, including new material, that have brought them to the regional final of ‘Live and Unsigned 2010’, the UK’s biggest competition of its kind, next month.

LERN: New Lancashire Bio-Diversity Agency to Tackle Eco-Disaster

Animal and plant species are becoming extinct 1,000 times faster than the natural rate according to the United Nations. Lancashire is playing its part in the battle to tackle this global environmental crisis. Lancashire Environment Record Network (LERN), which launches in summer, will collect information about the whereabouts of species from the public as well as specialist recorders.

Sport Relief Mile at Salt Ayre Sports Centre

Our City Council is urging people to don their running shoes in support of a national charity. On Sunday 21st March, the council’s Salt Ayre Sports Centre will be hosting a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, a charity event open to participants of any age or ability, from toddlers to pensioners and anyone in between. Milers can chose between a one-mile, three-mile and six-mile course.