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May 2010

Food Waste Recycling on the way for Lancaster and Morecambe

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:40: Lancaster City Council is to begin fortnightly collections of Food Waste in August, in a revamp of its refuse and recycling schemes, detailed on new calendars now dropping through letterboxes across the district.

Heysham High Students Win £250 at County Cook Off

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 21:50: Three Year 8 pupils from Heysham High School have won second place in the whole county with their credible culinary creations at the recent Chairman’s Challenge. Jessica Cook, Charlotte Greenhow and Kelseigh Ashton (pictured) took part in a project to encourage family involvement in school life. The students chose to look at comparing takeaway and pre-prepared food to home cooked food.

City Council revamps top staff structure

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 15:55: Lancaster City Council has agreed a new management structure which sees the creation of a new staff post, Deputy Chief Executive, which will be filled by internal appointment. Heather MacManus, currently Corporate Director (Regeneration), will take on the role from 1st October after the new structure was finalised at a meeting of Personnel Committee last night.

Suspected Class A drugs and cash found in raid on Heysham house

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 15:05: Police seized a quantity of suspected Class A drugs and £8,000 in cash after swooping on a house in Heysham.

Pavilion Cafe opens in style at Williamson Park

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 15:03: Local families were in for a treat at the opening of the Pavilion Café at Williamson Park on Saturday. The café re-opened its doors to show off the modern updated interior and brand new menu packed with delicious local produce.

Pick up your free Cycling and Walking Map and enjoy the great outdoors

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 14:56: The updated Lancaster and Morecambe Cycling and Walking Map is out now, showing all the routes across the district, including the rural areas. Produced by Lancaster City Council, the map has been updated to include the new routes around Lancaster city centre.

Appeal after £20,000 arson attack at car sales garage

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 13:20: Police are appealing for information after a fire caused over £20,000 worth of damage at a car sales garage on the outskirts of Lancaster and Morecambe.

City Council, Centros, Mitchells and English Heritage partner on new Canal Corridor plan

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:25: After the recent Secretary of State’s decision on the Canal Corridor North development in Lancaster, Lancaster City Council, which owns much of the land and the other majority landowner, Mitchell's, English Heritage and development partner Centros have agreed, following initial discussions, to work in partnership to take the necessary steps to develop further the options for redeveloping the Canal...

Parents asked to assist in clamp down on underage drinking at Heysham beauty spot

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:00: Police are clamping down on underage drinking at a Heysham beauty spot that is being blighted by the youngsters’ anti-social behaviour – and are asking parents to help them.

Bending Lancaster City Council to its will: The ASCO File

Monday, May 24, 2010 - 10:19: Report by Zoe Caldicott Additional research by the virtual-lancaster team Last updated to include comment from Council Leader Langhorn: 25 May 2010 How do private companies work behind the scenes to win council development contracts, even, perhaps, at the expense of local taxpayers' interests?

CancerCare Art Auction announced

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 21:22: Local charity CancerCare has announced it will be holding Charity Art Auction in July at Lancaster Town Hall, offering the opportunity to bid for work from artists such as world famous Lakeland sculptress Josefina De Vasconcellos and others and help raise money for a good cause.

Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee seeks topics for discussion

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 16:37: Lancaster City Council is inviting residents to submit their ideas on which local issues should be considered by its Overview and Scrutiny Committee this year. Whether it’s a problem with a local park, a council service or an issue you feel the council should lead on and help to improve, the committee wants to hear from you.

Lancaster Banger heads for Barcelona in aid of NSPCC

Friday, May 21, 2010 - 09:56: Four intrepid local lads are on their way to Barcelona in a beaten up motor to raise money for The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Now in Calais, the team are taking part in a 'banger rally', destination Barcelona (via Lyon and Nice) and although they say it's just for fun, they're aiming to raise at least £500 for the child protection society.

Count those swifts, urges wildlife group

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 20:45: Wildlife experts are asking the public to become bird watchers to check on the health of two of Lancashire’s most popular feathered attractions. The Lancashire Environment Record Network is concerned that numbers of kingfishers and swifts could be badly hit this year for two completely different reasons.

Cumbrian-inspired poetry at the Storey, courtesy of LitFest

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 08:43: Lancaster Litfest is offering poetry lovers the chance to explore the natural landscapes of Cumbria and Scotland through verse next week, in readings by two poets inspired by their environment. Andrew Forster and Josephine Dickinson will read for Lancaster’s Literature Festival at the Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster on Wednesday May 26th at 7.45pm.

Williamson Park Pavilion Café re-opens, win free entry to the Butterfly House

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 08:36: Celebrations will be taking place at Lancaster's Williamson Park this Saturday to mark the reopening of the pavilion café - and there's a chance to win free entry to the Park's world-famous Butterfly House up for grabs. The café has undergone a dramatic refurbishment and is launching a brand new menu of delicious locally sourced products.

Lancaster City Council Half-Term Fun Stuff

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 18:53: Children aged four to 16 can join Lancaster City Council for four days of exciting sports and art activities during the June 2010 half term holiday.

CancerCare’s Cross Bay Challenge 2010 on 6 June

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 18:34: With just under 3 weeks to go until CancerCare’s Cross Bay Challenge 2010, the excitement is really starting to build and this year it's set to be the biggest event ever to take place in Morecambe Bay. With the choice of a half marathon or a family-friendly 6 mile walk there’s something for everyone.

Mitchell's Brewery listing will spare it from demolition, say Council

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 22:20: As we reported earlier today, a High Court judge has ruled against a legal challenge by Save Britain's Heritage against the government's demolition legislation in relation to the Mitchell’s brewery site. But contrary to some reports, the ruling does not pave the way for the building to be demolished.

Langhorn back as City Council leader, new lead for Conservative Group

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 15:02: (Updated 19/5/10): Lancaster City Council’s executive decision making body will once again be made up on the basis of proportional representation, with LibDem Councillor Stuart Langhorn again elected as Leader last night. Under its constitution the city council’s Cabinet and Leader must be elected annually at the first meeting of the municipal year.

Mitchells Brewery: Demolition to go ahead?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 09:07: (Updated story to clarify 'listing' status): Planning Resource reports that Save Britain’s Heritage (SAVE) has failed in a High Court action to block the demolition of some of Lancaster’s earliest surviving industrial buildings.

Axe hovers over M6 Link, say campaigners

Monday, May 17, 2010 - 17:26: Camapaigners against the M6 Link have immediately hit back at the County Council's optimistic interpretation of government warnings they might not get funding for it (see earlier story).

Government Spending Review: M6-Heysham Link Letter in Full

Monday, May 17, 2010 - 16:25: Earlier today, we posted a story on developments to the Heysham-M6 Link plan and the reaction to news that it was to form part of a Department for Transport spending review from both Lancashire County Council and campaigners advocating alternative traffic management plans - and reject the road scheme.

County Council pushes on with M6 Link plans despite spending review

Monday, May 17, 2010 - 14:30: Lancashire County Council is pressing ahead with its plans for the M6-Heysham link - even though Britain's new coalition government has called a halt to progress on many new road plans until the completion of a spending review later this year.

Brass bands return to Happy Mount Park

Monday, May 17, 2010 - 10:55: With summer approaching, Lancaster City Council is launching its annual programme of Sunday brass band concerts in Morecambe’s Happy Mount Park. The concerts are as popular today as they where back in the 1970s, when they were first established, and regularly attract audiences of around 200 people from across the region.

Cyclist left with serious injuries following Morecambe collision

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 18:04: Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was knocked from his bike while riding through Morecambe. The 37-year-old cyclist was riding along Regent Road Bridge in the Westgate area of Morecambe, at 7.35am this morning (Wednesday 12th May) when he was knocked from his bike by a small silver Boxer type van. The van had two people sitting in its cab and the driver had a shaved head.

Bypass Good, Wind Turbines Bad: is the Council consistent on planning?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 17:30: Earlier this week, Lancaster City Council's Planning Committee discussed and rejected plans to install two wind turbines on Lancaster University property.

Celebrate Morecambe Weekend is here

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 16:23: Morecambe's leading businesses are joining forces to promote the resort in a special weekend which will feature a chance to buy a pair of Eric Morecambe’s glasses. Organised by the Morecambe Visitor, the event kicks off with a black tie dinner at The Midland Hotel and on Saturday everyone will have a chance to buy a replica of Eric’s glasses and in turn support the resorts RNLI crew.

Go Wild in Fairfield!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 12:14: The Fairfield Association's Go Wild Week will take place this year with a series of guided evening walks in Fairfield Orchard in Lancaster, on week nights between 17th and 21st May. On Monday 17th May at 7.30 the theme will be Birds of the Orchard. Alan Stamford will lead us on a walk to find out about the many birds that inhabit the Orchard, revealing how to identify them through their songs.

Nick Miller's "Political Logic"

Monday, May 10, 2010 - 13:37: Local cartoonist Nick Miller - co-creator of the long-running local cartoon The Really Heavy Greatcoat and a cartoonist for several magazines, came up with this strip in response to the current national political dilemmas facing the Conservative leader, David Cameron.

Tories Gain Lancaster and Morecambe - eventually.

Friday, May 7, 2010 - 18:35: 07.05.10 The Conservative Party has gained the parliamentary seats of Lancaster Fleetwood and Morecambe Lunesdale with majorities over Labour of 333 and 866 votes respectively.

New fresh tasty look for Williamson Park Café

Friday, May 7, 2010 - 14:30: The Pavilion Cafe at Williamson Park, Lancaster is to be given a new fresh tasty look in preparation for another busy summer season. This means that the café will need to be closed for refurbishment from Monday, 10th May for a period of approximately two weeks. An alternative refreshment area is being provided at the park whilst the work is being carried out.

Author Scarlett Thomas presents new novel at Lancaster LitFest

Friday, May 7, 2010 - 11:44: Lancaster LitFest has added an extra event to its Spring season, with novelist Scarlett Thomas, who teaches creative writing at the University of Kent, booked for a special reading in May. Her last novel, The End of Mr Y, was an international bestseller, selling 150,000 copies and long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2008.

Appeal after cyclist knocked from bike in car park

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 16:41: Police are appealing for information after a young cyclist was knocked from his bike while in a Lancaster car park. The 12-year-old boy had been on his bike in the PC World car park, off Caton Road, Lancaster, at around 8.30am on Monday 26th April when a vehicle reversed into him. The driver failed to stop and the youngster was taken to hospital suffering from facial injuries.

10-year-old Cycling Morecambe Prom for charity

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 12:23: Local Cub and Morecambe resident Lewis MacPherson has set himself a big challenge next month: cycling 25 miles to raise money for a new Scout Groups minibus... quite a challenge for a ten-year-old!

Saying No to Murdoch

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 11:43: This response to today's The Sun cover is being re-published across the Internet.

TheyWorkForYou interviews local Election Candidates

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 12:00: Democracy site TheyWorkForYou has posted a Question and Answer feature with local candidates for the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency, challenging them on their views on various local matters such as the building of a third nuclear power station at Heysham and the proposed Heysham M6 link road.

Heysham High School students parade own designs

Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 07:54: Budding fashionistas from Heysham High School gave the likes of Vivenne Westwood a run for her money last week as they paraded their designs inspired by the world of fiction, the school's Katherine Beaumont reports.