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June 2010

Ride the Way of the Roses

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 15:24: Lancaster City Council is inviting cyclists to sample the first stage of a brand new coast to coast cycle route – the Way of the Roses, linking Morecambe with Bridlington. On Saturday 10th July, cyclists are being given the opportunity to ride the first 35 miles of the route from Morecambe to Settle, starting at 10.30am on Morecambe Promenade.

County's Barking Bus Stop Move Plan highlighted

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 16:14: Local drivers and residents have begun a campaign to stop Lancashire County Council from moving a bus stop near Lancaster's Pointer Roundabout -- back to where it was moved from less than 10 years ago because it caused major congestion. Lancashire County Council is planning to relocate the bus stop back to where it was sited previously, right next to the busy roundabout on Greaves Road.

New Hope for future of Morecambe's old Co-op building

Monday, June 28, 2010 - 13:53: Lancaster City Council has appointed Taylor Young to conduct a feasibility study into the potential future use of Centenary House in Morecambe’s West End. The building, which has remained under-occupied since closing as the Cooperative department store in the early 1990s, sits within the city council’s Masterplan regeneration area on Regent Road, Morecambe.

Blow the whistle on anti-social behaviour during World Cup

Friday, June 25, 2010 - 16:56: With reports of England fans on their best behaviour in South Africa, local police are determined World Cup watchers will follow suit, and are urging local residents to blow the whistle on anti-social activities 'inpsired' by the tournament.

New exhibition opens to celebrate 20 years of artist’s work

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 16:02: A new exhibition by Lancaster-based artist Paul Mason opens at the University of Cumbria’s Alexandra Gallery on the Lancaster campus today (Thursday 24th June), celebrating two decades of artistic work.

Fairfield Celebrates a Decade of Achievements

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 15:52: Lancaster's Fairfield Association is ramping up to host its annual “Fun Day” on Fairfield Green on Saturday 3rd July, recreating the village fete atmosphere that has entertained people from across Lancaster annually since 1996. “We always have a fantastic time, whatever the weather," explains Andrew Brennand, Chair of the Association.

Community Policing Pays Off in Morecambe

Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 15:34: Morecambe police arrested seven people, seized a car and carried out searches at four properties as part of a two-day operation focussing on community concerns.

CCTV appeal after shop customer threatened with saw during robbery in Bolton-le-Sands

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 18:06: Police are appealing for information after a customer was threatened with a saw during a robbery at a Spar shop in Bolton-le-Sands. Police have now released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident at the Bolton-le-Sands shop on 21st February 2010. Three males, wearing their hoods up, entered the store and demanded cash and cigarettes from the cashier.

Have your say on City Councillor expenses

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 17:54: Lancaster City Council is inviting local people to have their say on councillor allowances by becoming members of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP). The IRP recommends the level of allowances and expenses paid to city councillors under the Members Allowance Scheme.

Plant trailer recovered by police as part of Operation Motif

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 16:21: Poilce have recovered a £700 plant trailer after it was stolen from outside a Garstang home. The trailer was taken from an address in Green Lane West on Friday June 18.

Bounce into Summer: Trampolining and Gymnastics on offer

Monday, June 21, 2010 - 14:45: Lancaster will be getting a definite bounce into its step as the new City of Lancaster Gymnastics & Trampolining Club (formerly SmartAc) is holding a Launch Show on Friday 25 June at the University Of Cumbria Sports Complex. The show will involve around 12 displays featuring all gymnasts at the club, which has around 100 members.

Asco: Council's response on Cushman & Wakefield contract.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 23:45: The Virtual-Lancaster special report, "Bending Lancaster City Council to Its Will: The Asco File" posted on 24 May asked the City Council to answer 5 questions about its involvement with property consultants Cushman and Wakefield and their client Asco. The Council has replied this week in an unattributed response. The questions and the council's answers are as follows: 1.Q.

Gagged Councillors can't say 'Asco'.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 19:09: Lancaster City Councillors are afraid to say the word 'Asco' for fear of being dragged before the Standards Committee.

Cty Council launches Air Quality Consultation in Carnforth

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 11:35: Lancaster City Council is inviting comments from members of the public on its draft Air Quality Action Plan for Carnforth. This follows the declaration of an Air Quality Management Area in the centre of Carnforth. The declaration was made after the council monitored air pollution levels in Carnforth to deal with high levels of nitrogen dioxide caused by exhaust emissions from road traffic.

County Councillor Resigns After Winter of Discontent

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:53: Lancashire County Councillor (Conservative) Keith Young has resigned from the LCC Cabinet, where he was the Member for Highways and Transport, just days after news that the Department for Transport (DfT) has ordered the council to stand down its preparations for the proposed Heysham M6 Link road. Read our report here...

Champion Gymnast Beth Tweddle to Visit Heysham High

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:35: Elizabeth Tweddle MBE, The most successful British gymnast of all time is to visit Heysham High School for a morning of inspirational talks with the students.

Body cams and dedicated police car tackle World Cup domestic violence

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 11:00: Local police will be using special body cams to record evidence that will help bring domestic violence offenders to justice during this year’s World Cup. The cameras, which attach to an officer’s uniform and can record both video footage and sound to secure convictions at court, are among several tactics that are being used to tackle domestic violence during the tournament.

McGuinness denied Senior TT glory

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 14:41: Morecambe's John McGuinness was denied a 16th win at the Isle of Man TT Races on Friday when he was forced to retire from the Senior race, the final race of the 2010 event. The HM Plant Honda rider was leading the initial race before it was stopped due to an accident and was lying in second in the re-start just half a second shy of eventual winner Ian Hutchinson.

Partners’ goal to tackle domestic violence during World Cup

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 14:16: Partners in Lancaster and Morecambe are making it their goal to tackle domestic violence throughout the World Cup. Nationally, previous World Cup tournaments have led to a rise in domestic violence incidents, often fuelled by alcohol and the heightened emotions caused by football games.

Petition the Council to get what you want...

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 14:13: Lancaster City Council has recently adopted a petitions scheme to provide its residents with another way of letting it know what local issues concern them.

Heysham 3 Reactor Proposals Fall into Black Hole

Monday, June 14, 2010 - 11:16: With a £4 billion 'black hole' recently discovered in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (DCA) budget, the chances of a third nuclear reactor at Heysham are becoming increasingly remote.

The End of the Road: Lancashire County Council Cuts Link

Friday, June 11, 2010 - 19:00: Lancashire County Council (LCC) has finally halted work on the much-maligned Heysham Link Road scheme following a further written warning from the Department for Transport (DfT). The letter outlined the financial risks LCC was taking by persisting with investment in a project for which the new government has withdrawn approval, as it launches its Spending Review.

World Cup Flag Fever at Lancaster Town Hall

Friday, June 11, 2010 - 16:36: Lancaster City Council is flying the flag of St. George at both town halls in support of England's World Cup bid in South Africa. The result of a recent decision to fly the England flag during major sporting events means the flag will be flying high in Lancaster and Morecambe on the days that the England football team will be playing.

Cash for Community Groups on offer

Friday, June 11, 2010 - 16:31: Community groups are being invited to apply for grants that enable people to take part in community activities. The Lancaster District Local Strategic Partnership (LDLSP) makes Community Grants of between £250 and £2,000 to voluntary, community and faith groups within the Lancaster District boundary.

Splash out on swimming lessons

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 21:06: Youngsters in the Lancaster and Morecambe district are being offered the opportunity to learn how to swim with a programme of lessons offered by Lancaster City Council. The holiday season is approaching and learning to swim can help your child to be safe this summer. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise you can do to help you stay fit and healthy.

Morecambe PACT Meeting to spotlight mental health

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 15:13: A special PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting for those affected by mental health issues is being held at the Harvesters Day Centre, Morecambe later this month. The Harvesters, in Thornton Road, is a centre run by Making Space that gives those with mental health problems a place where they feel safe, get to meet new friends and ask for advice.

Council prepares for major cuts to services

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 12:19: Hot on the heels of Prime Minister David Cameron's warnings yesterday about major cuts in public services - and a call for voters to make their views known as to what services should, or should not be protected - Lancaster City Council has issued its Corporate Plan, drawn up to identify its core priorities.

Green councillor accused of Lancaster Market 'leaks'

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 11:31: When Lancaster City Council's Standards Committee meets later this month, Councillor Jon Barry is to be taken to task for talking to the local press about the fate of Lancaster Market.

McGuinness denied in TT Superbike race

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 01:25: Morecambe's John McGuinness was denied a potential 16th Isle of Man TT win on Saturday when he was forced to retire on the opening lap of the 6-lap Superbike race.

World Cup: Locals travelling to South Africa offered health advice

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 15:16: With many local football fans preparing not just to sit and watch the World Cup live on new big screen TVs but watch it as a spectator at the event itself, the Health Protection Agency is alerting England football fans to the dangers of unprotected sex in South Africa, where 20% of people aged 15 to 49 are HIV positive.

Walk your way to a healthy lifestyle

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 13:48: If you're looking to improve your health, meet new people and enjoy the best scenery our district has to offer, then you might want to join the area's new Health Walk Group. Lancaster City Council’s Active Health Team is starting a walking club for people who want to improve their health by joining in with some gentle exercise.

Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band to play at the Platform

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 13:26: World famous clarinet player Acker Bilk will be performing with his Paramount Jazz Band at the Platform in Morecambe on Friday 18 June. Acker Bilk - a regular guest at the top Morecambe venue - gained worldwide fame with hit singles ‘Stranger On the Shore’ in 1962 (which stayed in the charts for 55 weeks and was the first number one hit in the UK and USA simultaneously) and ‘Aria’ in 1976.

Food Safety Week: Tips to avoid food poisioning

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 10:00: To mark the start of Food Safety Week (7 - 13 June), Lancaster City Council’s Public Health and Safety Team is reminding people in the Lancaster District about the importance of good food hygiene in the home. Food hygiene is particularly important during the summer months, when levels of food poisoning soar.

Police close Lancaster drugs den

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 17:40: Police have closed the doors on a drugs den in Lancaster. Lancaster Magistrates granted the closure order after hearing how residents’ lives had been made a misery by anti-social behaviour taking place in and around the property in Lune Terrace.

Lancaster Shop Tops Fine Food North West awards

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 16:19: China Street-based J. Atkinson & Co attended the presentation of the Fine Food North West awards last night at Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers - and won the Best Coffee for their Colombian Santuario. This latest success in the Awards marks a Hat-trick for Atkinson's, who have won a best drink category at these awards for the last three years running.

Youngsters invited to World Cup screenings

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:08: Youngsters are being invited to watch England’s World Cup matches on the big screen in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in Lancaster during the tournament. Neighbourhood police team officers are working in conjunction with staff from the city’s Dukes Theatre to show the England team’s first three matches on the cinema screen at the Moor Lane venue.

Crackdown planned on alcohol-fuelled problems during World Cup

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 10:00: Partnership agencies in Lancaster and Morecambe have united to tackle alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour during this year’s World Cup. Studies of previous tournaments shows that there is often an increase in reports of domestic violence during such competitions, along with other crimes and instances of anti-social behaviour - often prompted by binge drinking.

New Lancaster Allotments get ‘Off The Ground’

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 16:08: Work is underway to create a new community allotment site on Ambleside Road on the Ridge Estate in Lancaster. The ‘Off The Ground’ project is being managed by LESS (Lancaster District) who are also employing a team of project staff to support food growing projects across the Lancaster District. The project will provide real benefits to the local community.

McGuinness sets TT pace

Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 12:32: After a steady start to the 2010 Isle of Man TT Races, Morecambe's John McGuinness became the first man to lap at more than 130mph in practice this week when he set a scorching lap of 130.242mph during Wednesday evening's third session. Conditions were perfect on the Island and McGuinness took full advantage to go almost nine seconds quicker than his nearest rival.

Free Peter Pan Tickets in Bumper Sticker Giveaway.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 16:08: The biggest open-air walkabout theatre event in Britain will be taking place in Lancaster's Williamson Park from 2 July – 7 August at 7.15pm and The Dukes are giving away tickets throughout June as part of a bumper car sticker competition. The theatre will be giving away 2 tickets for Peter Pan each day from Monday 7 – Friday 11 June in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

Cumbrian gunman found dead

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 15:05: A number of people have been killed and others injured after a gunman opened fire in several areas of west Cumbria. Police have just located a body believed to be that of Derrick Bird in a wooded area near Boot. The BBC reported Cumbrian Police were searching for the suspect, named as Derrick Bird, after shots were fired in Whitehaven, Seascale and Egremont.

Thumbs up for new Play Area from local school childen

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 16:43: Lancaster City Council invited children from five local primary schools to celebrate the official opening of a new recreation area in Ryelands Park, a project backed by regional funding.

Moorside School campaign to fence grounds continues

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 15:53: Parents of Moorside Primary School in Lancaster meet local County Councillors last week to hand them a petition signed by nearly 600 parents and members of the local community supporting the school's fencing of its grounds.

Top council staffer unable to name Lancaster famous for The Times

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 15:40: National newspaper The Times has just published an article reporting Lancaster University's placement in the country's Top Ten universities - but the accolade has been marred by a marked lack of knowledge about Lancaster itself from one of the Council's most highly-paid members of staff, interviewed by the paper.

Vigil planned for Gaza Flotilla victims

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 15:05: Local supporters of Palestine will be holding a vigil in Lancaster tomorrow, to remember those killed on the aid flotilla on their way to Gaza on Monday. The vigil will take place at 12 noon outside NEXT on Penny Street.

New Morecambe MP backs Nuclear Power, Carnforth rail station development

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:59: New Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris was quick to reaffirm his support for the nuclear power industry in his maiden speech to the House of Commons last week. Commenting on plans for a low-carbon energy policy in the Queen's Speech he noted the decommissioning of Heysham 1 and expressed his hope that a new power station would be built in its place.