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March 2010

Animal Care seeks Spring Fair helpers

Lancaster's Animal Care charity on Lancaster's Blea Tarn Road is looking for help at its Spring Fair on Friday 9th April 2010 at St Martin of Tours in Westgate, Morecambe. They need people to help run stalls, serve refreshments or bake some cakes for them to sell on the day.

Spring into action to keep criminals at bay

As the weather improves (allegedly), local residents are being urged to ‘Spring into action’ and take special measures to prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime. With the clocks going forward to provide more hours of daylight people may be tempted out into their gardens – and thieves might be tempted to steal things from them.

Appeal after Lancaster taxi driver injured in robbery

Police are appealing for information after a taxi driver was injured during a robbery. The driver had picked up two passengers from outside KFC in Penny Street, Lancaster, shortly before 10.30pm on Monday 22nd March. He took them to the Dolly Blue Tavern near Lancaster football ground, where the men then attacked him.

New Year's Day Rape: Arrest Made

Lancashire Police have arrested a 32-year-old man from Carlisle on suspicion of rape, in connection with an incident in Morecambe on New Year’s Day (where the suspect was wearing ‘pirate’ fancy dress). The man has been released on police bail until 18th June.

Women on Wheels ride around the city coast and countryside

A Women on Wheels (WoW) cycle ride takes place on Sunday 4th April -- and whether you are beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome. You can even hire a bike if you don’t have your own.

Council's Cabinet discusses Lancaster Market options, new protest planned

Lancaster City Council's Cabinet met last week to discuss a public report detailing the findings of the Cabinet Working Group set up to consider the future of Lancaster Indoor Market, which has an annual deficit of over £400,000 a year.

Date announced for Skerton West City Council by-election

The date for a by-election to elect a new councillor for the Skerton West ward of Lancaster City Council has been announced. Voters in the ward will go to the polls on Thursday 6th May - possibly the same day as the General Election. Anyone who is interested in standing for the vacancy should telephone the elections office on 01524 582905.

Asco faces winding-up petition for £25k unpaid bill

The supermarket 'chain' being courted by Lancaster City Council to take over Lancaster's market building, ASCO Stores Ltd has had a winding-up petition lodged against it by Evolve Group who claim Asco has failed to pay a £25,000 bill due three months ago, according to a report by Crains.

Bug Investigations Get Underway At Heysham

Children in the Morecambe Bay area will become bug investigators this Saturday (20th March) when they take part in the North Lancashire Wildlife Watch group’s latest event at Heysham Nature Reserve. Wildlife Watch is the junior section of the Wildlife Trusts and Watch groups are aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 13 years.

Greens launch bid for Lancaster and Fleetwood seat

(Updated 28/3/10): Green Party general election candidate Gina Dowding will launch her campaign to win the Lancaster and Fleetwood Constituency next week with a screening of her new campaign video.

Cash in transit robber jailed for 12 years

John Arstall, a man who threatened security guards with a machete during a cash in transit van robbery in Lancaster has been jailed for 12 years. Around £93,000 was stolen in the raid on the van in Scale Hall Lane, Lancaster, on January 29 2008. Arstall, of Eccles, Manchester, and another offender threatened the guards with machetes before making off with the cash.

TB cases still rising in North West

The Health Protection Agency North West, in partnership with NHS North West, is urging people to be aware of the symptoms of TB as new provisional data published this week shows that TB figures remain high in the region.

Lancaster Market: Who are ASCO and who backs it?

Just before the full Lancaster City Council meeting that discussed the future of Lancaster Market, Asco Stores Ltd finally confirmed via the Morecambe Visitor what had long been rumoured: that it had been approached by the Council to take over the building, whose costs are rapidly becoming prohibitive.

Future of Lancaster Market discussed

After the decision at Council earlier this month, members of Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet have met with local market traders, representatives of the National Federation of Market Traders, and other experts as part of Cabinet’s discussion on the future of Lancaster Market.

New ideas needed for Lancaster Market, say Greens

Green Party councillor John Whitelegg is calling on the Council to look at fresh ideas to improve Lancaster Market - including the introduction of a local currency scheme that could benefit all the area's small businesses.

Salt Ayre Sports Centre closed for works over Easter

Lancaster City Council is taking advantage of the Easter bank holiday weekend to programme elements of its annual maintenance schedule at Salt Ayre Sports Centre. Salt Ayre is a facility that operates the best part of 50 plus weeks per year, and as such it is always a challenge to find the best time to schedule planned maintenance works.

Liberal Democrats: Closing the Market not our idea

Above: Coun Stuart Langhorn accepts a petition protesting against Lancaster Market's closure earlier this month Local Liberal Democrat leader Stuart Langhorn has hit back at suggestions that his party is to blame for plans to close Lancaster Market.

Moorside School takes stand against intruders

Parents from Lancaster's Moorside Primary School have formed a campaign group to mobilise support for plans to protect school grounds from dog dirt and unwanted intrusions.

Local heroin dealer jailed for 30 months

Tina Ghorst, a drug dealer who sold heroin to undercover police officers has been jailed for 30 months. Ghorst appeared at Preston Crown Court charged with seven counts of supplying class A drugs and one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs following a lengthy investigation by officers from Lancashire Police.

Could Lancaster Market be run by its traders?

Roger Mace, leader of Lancaster City Council's Conservative group, has joined others voicing concern that the end of March deadline for negotiating the future of Lancaster Market may hamper, not help, find a solution to the problems the expensive building is causing the local authority. He has also suggested the Market could be run by the Traders themselves, not the Council.