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May 2011

Lancaster Street Pride 2011: Deep cleaning our streets

Lancaster City Council, in conjunction with Lancaster district’s Community Safety Partnership, is planning out its 2011 Street Pride programme and is looking for people to take part. Could your street benefit from a spring clean? Would you like to help make your area a better place to live? Would you like to work with others to build pride in your area?

Lancaster Unlocked: Medieval Market pleaseth ye townsfolke

Photos from Lancaster's Medieval Market on Saturday 28 May; part of the Lancaster Unlocked Medieval Festival weekend that saw activities and events throughout the area celebrating the City's ancient heritage.

Gillow Folk Line Up for June features Jon Harvison and Pete Morton

Jon Harvison plays the Robert Gillow on Thursday nightLancaster's Robert Gillow hosts another fine line up of folk music this month, with ace guitarist Jon Harvison appearing this week (Thursday 2 June). From Keighley, Jon plays guitar and sings and has an exceptionally powerful voice, acknowledged as being “one of the finest exponents of English contemporary folk song” (Folk On Tap magazine).

Free Reed Band celebrates 30 years of Folk

Respected Lancaster-based folk dance band Free Reed Band is to hold special celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary during 23 – 25 June 2011.

Lancaster Slutwalk Makes Herstory!

A personal report: Something happened today that we haven't seen in years, and I've never seen with such strength in Lancaster. Women marching together as women against sexual violence and for justice for women.

Recycling boost for Carnforth

Recycling is on the up in the Lancaster district, but there are still some items that cannot be put in the kerbside collection boxes. Tetra Paks require a specialist recycling process and should be taken to special collection banks. The good news for Carnforth residents is that there is now a recycling bank for Tetra Paks at Keer Bridge recycling centre.

Still Missing: Brook

The owners of a Chocolate Labrador stolen from Forton in April are offering a substantial reward for his safe return.

Go Walkies for Guide Dogs!

Oatie the Guide DogThe local arm of Guide Dogs for the Blind is organising a "Go Walkies" fun raising event in July. Taking place on Sunday 17th July 2011, the event starts at 10.00am on Morecambe Promenade, from the Cupid and Venus statue (or Mother and Child statue as some call it) near Morecambe Golf Club. Registration starts at 10am with walk commencing 10.30am from the go walkies stand.

Appeal for information after garden thefts in Lancaster

Slynedales, home to Cancer Care - one of the garden theft victims. Photo: Cancer CarePolice are appealing for information after a series of thefts in Lancaster - including a summer house from the grounds of a much-loved local charity, CancerCare. Overnight on Tuesday 17th May, two aluminium greenhouse frames were stolen from the allotments on Torrisholme Road.

Drug dealer jailed for four and a half years

David OwenA drug dealer who was one of the main suppliers in Lancaster and Morecambe has been jailed for four and a half years. 28-year-old David Owen, from Liverpool, was behind an organised gang selling class A drugs on the streets of the two towns.

Appeal after violent Heysham robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a violent robbery at an address in Heysham on Sunday. The offence took place at approximately 11.00p on 22nd May at an address on Robin Crescent, when four men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas forced their way into a house and threatened the occupants with a weapon, described as a machete.

Conservative councillors question council tax rise

Council Revenue Spending Power per head, 2011-12 - Full size map (pdf, 1330 kb)(Updated 27/5/11, figures clarified): The Conservative group on Lancaster City Council has voiced their disapproval of the draft corporate plan and medium term financial strategy which includes the council's aim to keep Council Tax increases to no more than two per cent for 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Council Tenants run a fine tooth comb through new housing documents

Tenants of Lancaster City Council have developed a stamp of approval for all housing documents that go out to the public. All new or updated documents are scrutinised by the new Customer Services and Resident Involvement Quality Group who ensure they are tenant friendly and free of jargon before being published.

Special Schools should also be academies, says Lancaster MP

Schools specialising in teaching children with special educational needs should also be considered for academy status, according to Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw - and the government appears to agree with him, despite opposition to the sheme already. Mr Ollerenshaw made his appeal during an education debate in the House of Commons earlier this week.

Scrap Metal Swoop by police

Officers from Lancashire’s neighbouring police forces joined together to target criminals travelling in to the county to sell or steal scrap metal - one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.

Lancaster City Council seeks your views

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 Slutwalk - A Rose by Any Other Name....

This Saturday 28 May will see a 'Slutwalk' march organised by students and local women taking place in Lancaster, assembling at 1pm in The Thurnham St Carpark (note new location, across the road and a bit uphill from the Kwikfit garage) to march together through Lancaster City Centre.

Lancashire County Council face High Court challenge to care cuts

A legal challenge being brought against Lancashire County Council over cuts to care services will be encouraged by a High Court ruling last week that found that Birmingham City Council had acted unlawfully over a decision to cut its provision of care for disabled people (see Guardian report) The judgment, involving four severely disabled people who brought a test case against Birmingam CC, has...

City Council's Cabinet line-up announced

Councillor Elieen Blamire is the new leader of Lancaster City CouncilLancaster City Council has appointed Coun Eileen Blamire as its new leader for 2011/15.

Labour and Green Party join forces on City Council

The Labour and the Green Party have entered into a joint administrative arrangement to run the Cabinet of Lancaster City Council.