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April 2010

Musicians Co-op Cleans Up its Act!

Miscians in Lancaster and Morecambe are joining forces on Saturday 29th May for a special clean up day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lancaster Musicians Co-op. Supporters of the rehearsal rooms and recording studio in Lodge Street, Lancaster, are giving the dilapidated building a spring make-over and are looking for businesses in the area to give them a helping hand.

Lancashire Economy Needs Renewables, Not Nuclear Say Campaigners

Renewables are the best hope for the local economy, Cllr John Whitelegg explained to a thoughtful audience last night at the Heysham Anti-Nuclear Alliance (HANA) public meeting to discuss the government's proposals for a new wave of nuclear power stations, which include building a third reactor at Heysham.

Soul singer Ruby Turner at The Platform

Ruby Turner, one of the UK's finest soul singers, will be returning to Morecambe's Platform venue on Friday 14th May.. Born in Jamaica, Ruby grew up in Montego Bay but relocated to England when she was nine. Her major break came when she was taken under the wings of Britain's own Blues legend, Alexis Korner. She joined Culture Club at the height of their stardom in the 1980s.

City Council leader keeps staff redundancy costs secret

(Updated 30/4/10, Council statement added): City Council leader Stuart Langhorn - also and prospective candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood in the General Election - appears to be keeping decisions on the full cost of recent staff redundancies secret, despite accusing other parties of trying to hide discussions on costs of councillor allowances from public gaze (see earlier news story).

Lancaster cocaine dealer jailed

A cocaine dealer who sold Class A drugs to an undercover police officer during Operation Nimrod has been jailed for three years. 44-year-old Alistair Kennedy, of Mount Avenue, Lancaster, appeared at Preston Crown Court charged with three counts of supplying cocaine following a lengthy investigation by officers from Lancashire Police. He was jailed for three years on Tuesday.

Up the Junction: Greens call for safer road crossing

Bulk Ward Green councillors have asked Lancashire County Council for a pedestrian friendly re-modelling of the Ridge Lane and Bulk Road junction in Lancaster, saying it is a dangerous crossing point and raising concerns that there could be a death or serious injury if something isn't done.

Protest at deferred Election Count

Labour members of Lancaster City Council have protested that the General Election counts for the two constituencies that include Lancaster and Morecambe will not take place until the morning after the General Election on Thursday 6th May.

Hustings Meeting for Morecambe, Lunsdale Constituents

There will be a General Election hustings meeting for Parliamentary candidates for Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency at the War Memorial Hall, Church Street, Morecambe at 3.00pm on Sunday 2nd May.

BBC: Boundary Changes Put Labour Ahead in Lancaster & Fleetwood

A BBC analysis of the 2005 General Election vote of the electorate in the new constituency of Lancaster and Fleetwood reveals a potential win for Labour's prospective candidate Clive Grunshaw. In 2005, the old constituency of Lancaster and Wyre was won by Conservative Ben Wallace who took 42.8% of the vote with Labour coming second with 34.8%.

Council continues talks on Shopmobility scheme

Lancaster City Council is in discussion with a local operator to resume the popular Shopmobility scheme in Lancaster.

Moorside Parents' Group boosted by petition

More than 500 people have already signed a petition backing moves by Lancaster's Moorside School governors to resist attempts to allow unregulated access to the Lancaster school’s grounds.

Wail let's hear it for the Blues - at the Gregson

Chicago Blues Guitarist and Singer Khalif Wailin Walter will be blowing in from America's windy city, Chicago, to perform at Lancaster's Gregson Centre on Thursday (29th April). Guaranteed to burn the house down with his electrifying live show, Khalif “Wailin’ Walter lit up the Chicago Blues music scene with his unique style of boogie Blues.

Dig in for free compost!

Green fingered local residents will be able to pick up some free compost from Williamson Park in Lancaster on Tuesday 4th May (2010). The compost has come from the green waste recycled in Lancashire and is available free of charge to residents who wish to pop along and fill up to two bags for their gardens/allotments.

Endangered Moth Spotted In Lancashire

An endangered moth species has been recorded by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside on Warton Crag Nature Reserve, the first record for the reserve.

Lead thieves target Over Kellet church roof

Police are appealing for information after thieves stripped over £200 worth of lead from a church roof. Thieves targeted Over Kellet Church between 8.00pm on 20th April and 7.00pm on 21st April. Lead was taken from the boiler roof attached to the church, before the thieves climbed onto the church roof itself and took lead from the windows.

Lancashire's first Drinking Banning Order given to Lancaster man

A local man has been banned from entering all pubs, clubs and bars in Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham after being given the county's first Drinking Banning Order. Officers applied for the one-year civil order to be placed on 30-year-old Gareth Green of Ashbourne Drive, Lancaster, after he committed a catalogue of offences while drunk.

Which would-be MPs want to waste £140 million?

With the General Election on 6th May, local transport campaigners Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe asked the candidates in Morecambe and Lunesdale for their opinions on the Heysham M6 Link Road, to mixed response.

Greens hit back at 'split' claim over High Speed Rail

Local Liberal Democrats have chosen the wrong target in their attempt to secure votes in the upcoming General Election, after falsely accusing local Greens of a 'split' on the proposed High Speed Rail Link.

Forest cycling trip for women

A women only mountain bike trip to Grizedale Forest is being organised by Lancaster City Council’s Cycling Demonstration Town team. Spaces on the ‘Introduction to Mountain Biking’ courses are limited: the course costs £20 and this includes return transport from Morecambe Town Hall, mountain bike hire and tuition.

War of Words over Councillor Allowances

Local Liberal Democrats have condemned what they have misleadingly described as "expenses scandal" at Lancaster City Council. The debacle has led to the resignation of the Chair of the Independent Panel investigating the issue - but Conservatives, Greens and Labour councillors have hit back at the Lib Dem allegations.