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May 2010

Food Waste Recycling on the way for Lancaster and Morecambe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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.