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June 2010

Ride the Way of the Roses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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.