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January 2011

Locals unite to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Over the last 10 years, the National Coalition Building Institute have organised a Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in the Memorial Gardens by Lancaster Town Hall, with appropriate community events, displays, food and more in the Town Hall itself.

In Review: Quicksand

Curtis Cole as Leo and Cristina Catalina as Elka in Quicksand Produced by The Dukes and Theatre by the Lake, written by Zosia Wand and directed by Joe Sumsion, Quicksand is the story of blood-ties and non-blood ties, and of events which challenge this simple categorisation.

Green Councillor leaves City Council Cabinet

Green Party councillor Jane Fletcher has stepped down from her position on the City Council's cabinet and a new member, again from the Greens, will be elected at a full Council meeting next week.

20mph Speed Limit on roads across Lancashire announced

After years of campaigning for lower speed limits by the Green Party and health professionals, and, more recently, by a local 20s Plenty group, the County Council has implemented a blanket 20mph limit on residential roads across Lancashire.

County's bypass cost cutting flaws exposed

Two Green Party County Councillors have voiced serious concerns about the way that Lancashire County Council is proceeding with the vexed issue of the Heysham-M6 Link Road, arguing proposed cost cutting measures have changed the approved scheme to such an extent that it could go to yet another costly public inquiry to gain approval.

Lancaster Employability Event announced

Help Direct, a service designed to provide local people with practical support, is running an Employability Event in Lancaster next week. If you are you out of work, facing redundancy or fancy a career change, Help Direct's 50 Forward team is holding a free employment event for all ages in The Borough on Dalton Square, in response to increasing numbers of redundancies in the area.

Consultation on future of Lunesdale East development announced

Lancaster City Council is asking residents living in and around the Luneside East area of Lancaster for their views on how the site should be redeveloped.

Suspected heroin and crack cocaine seized in Lancaster

Police have seized over £1,000 worth of suspected heroin and crack cocaine after stopping a car in Lancaster. The car was stopped on Caton Road by officers from Lancaster’s neighbourhood police team and road policing unit last Thursday morning. A 39-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Morecambe’s Festival Market extends its opening hours due to popular demand

Due to popular demand, Morecambe’s Festival Market has extended its winter closing time from 4 to 4.30pm. The Festival Market which is managed by Lancaster City Council is a traditional covered market with over 100 stalls and shops including two cafes.

Morecambe MP backs woodland sell off

Art: Smuzz (Updated 27th January 2011) Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris is backing the government on its plans to sell off England's public woodlands for some £250 million, despite an opinion poll published this week, suggesting some three quarters of the public are opposed to the plans and Liberal Democrat MPs threat to rebel against any vote.

Drink and drug driving continues to fall in Lancashire

The number of people caught drink and drug driving in Lancashire has fallen again following the Constabulary’s annual county-wide drink drive campaign. Between 1st December and 1st January, 10,006 tests were administered with just two per cent of people testing positive or refusing to provide a specimen. This compares to 2.2 per cent for the 2009 campaign.

Students launch new technology help service in Lancaster

Christmas time has been and gone for another year and sitting in its box is a new phone, camera or even laptop, given by well meaning relatives. Little do they know you can’t even find the power button! It's hardly a surprise, especially as technology advances at such a pace that it seems to take over every aspect of daily life.

One Voice moves to new offices

Local support group One Voice Disability Services is moving to new offices next month, which means it will cease its full services at The Cornerstone in Sulyard Street on 28th January. "From Monday 31st January we will be operating a skeletal service (mainly answering phones) and moving into our new premises," says Disability Access Coordinator Wayne Clinton.

Bikeability Gives Kids (And Parents) Cycling Confidence

Bikeability, the modern equivalent of cycling proficiency, has been hailed a resounding success. Over 2000 children in the Lancaster district have taken part, and a national survey into the scheme has revealed that children who participate are cycling more and have more confidence in cycling than those who don’t. And their parents feel more confident in them too.

Lancaster City Council invites you to become a planner for an evening

Lancaster City Council is inviting residents and other interested people to become a planner for an evening by taking part in a series of events. At the events, participants will be asked to decide how they would meet and manage the district's future housing requirements.

Question mark over Link road as Dublin ferries sail away

A local transport campaign group is again questioning the County Council's determination to push through the Heysham link road, despite the bad news for workers that more ferries will now no longer operate at the ports.

Last chance to find Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year

The last call is being made for entries for the High Sheriff’s Lancashire Young Citizen of the Year award. The awards take place each year and involve the search for a young person, aged up to 21, who has helped either their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation.

Community Pools saved from cuts by joint Council deal

Lancaster City Council will continue to run three community pools following the outcome of successful talks with Lancashire County Council. As we reported last week, the decision comes after positive discussions between the two councils over the last year about ways they can share a number of services. This has released enough funds to allow the city council to continue running the pools.

Work begins on demolishing Morecambe's Dome

Following its closure in March last year, work has started on demolishing the Dome in Morecambe. The decision in December 2008 to close the building was taken after considering its age and the potential future redevelopment of the central promenade, which would mean its demolition in any event.

Big canal clean up in Bulk ward

25 volunteers turned up and gave Lancaster Canal a thorough clean up between the Moor Lane bridge and the Ridge Lane bridge this weekend. Organised by Green Party Councillor Andrew Kay, the clean up came after concerns that the canal has been looking very bad indeed over the past few months, with large amounts of litter on the tow path, grass verges and in the water itself.