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April 2013

Campaign Group challenges Link Road decision

Photo: TSLM Local campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe has lodged a legal challenge to the decision to approve the Heysham M6 Link Road. The new road will connect the Heysham and Morecambe peninsula directly to the M6 and provide improved access for residents, businesses and tourists to the area.

Waving Cat Set To Charm Youngsters

A fantastical Eastern adventure story told by puppets is set to delight young audiences at Lancaster’s Dukes theatre in May. The Waving Cat of Japan is a visually exciting new show featuring the curious Japanese figurine of folk tales and legends which is said to bring good luck.

Local Writers invited to explore county's past

Creative writers from across Lancashire are being invited to spend a day re-imagining people and events from the county’s past. On Saturday 11th May, Lancashire County Council's Archives Service on Bow Lane, Preston, will host Clitheroe Writing Group's 2013 spring workshop.

Dance the weekend away at Morecambe Live Weekender

Preston-born Donna WyldeTreat yourself to a feast of musical entertainment over the May Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 May) when Morecambe Live Weekender comes to the Platform. Morecambe Live Weekender promises to provide a whole host of free daytime entertainment throughout the weekend featuring great talent from local bands and singers.

Government questions investment in the arts - more trouble ahead for local organisations?

The Dukes' upcoming Robin Hood is publicly funded - how much more money will it bring into the local area when it opens? Despite delivering a report on the economic value of the Arts to the local area two years ago, there could be further testing times ahead for local organisations such as The Dukes.

Local MMR vaccination plans to be developed as North West measles cases increase

A national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers has been announced today by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health.

Latest news on Lancashire scams is just a click away

Hundreds of people are getting up-to-the-minute advice about the latest scams and fake products from Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Facebook page. It features a character called Scambuster Stan, whose job is to alert his followers to the consequences of buying fake goods, particularly the risks posed by the growing and often less-regulated marketplace of the internet.

Students warned: lock up your valuables

Lancaster police are warning students to keep their homes secure following a recent rise in the number of burglaries at student accommodation. Over the last 23 days there’s been a 90 percent increase in the number of homes being targeted in the City - and three quarters of properties targeted were insecure student accommodation.

New Hondas vandalized in Morecambe

Police are appealing for witnesses after 19 brand new cars were damaged at a paint and body clinic in Morecambe. Sometime between Sunday 14 April and Tuesday 16th April, somebody gained entry to the body shop attached to the Honda garage on the Northgate White Lund Industrial estate. Once inside, the offender used a sharp instrument to damage the brand new cars causing £20,000 worth of damage.

Have your say on Lancaster University’s future strategy

Lancaster University has 12,000 students, more than 2,500 staff and plays an important role in the success of the city. Professor Mark E. Smith, the Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, has issued an invitation to a public consultation on the future strategy of Lancaster University 2014 -2020. The event is free but anyone who wants to come must book a place.

M6 closed between Junction 32 and 33 after two vehicle crash

The M6 southbound between junctions 33 and 32 is currently closed following a two vehicle collision and is expected to remain closed for at least an hour. Drivers are asked to avoid the area where possible. Police were called around 9.10am following a collision between a Toyota and a VW Polo. The two drivers, a man and a woman, have been taken to Royal Preston Hospital.

Councillors back Altham Meadows as NHS Lancashire plans to refocus dementia care

Altham Meadow, Morecambe. Image: Google (Updated 14:32:: City Councillors have backed local concerns at the proposed closure of Morecambe's Altham Meadows Dementia Centre, supporting a Labour Party motion at last week's council meeting.

Local author asks "The Burning Question"

The Burning Question is…a bold new book, written by an honorary research fellow at Lancaster University, which seeks to challenge the world’s attitude to burning fuel - and will have its official launch this week.

TEDx speakers event comes to Lancaster University

Members of the public are invited to nominate a speaker for the first ever TEDx event at Lancaster University on 18th June. TED ( is a world renowned nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ and previous speakers have included Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates and several Nobel Laureates.

Cycle campaigners call for improved A6 cycle lanes, cycling in pedestrianised areas

Local Cycle Campaign group Dynamo has been campaigning for safer cycling in Lancaster and District since 1995, and is asking local cyclists for new ideas to help decide its priorities for campaigning for the coming year.

Ullswater 'Steamers' Launch Summer Cruise And Electric Bike Tour Packages

If you're considering a 'Staycation' this summer, then perhaps a short trip to the Lakes, right on our doorstep, is an option. If so, then you might be interested in some new pleasure and pedal packages from lake cruise company Ullswater ‘Steamers’.

Man charged with two counts of murder, Bolton-Le-Sands

Today, the Crown Prosecution Service have authorised Lancashire Constabulary to charge a 34 year old man with two counts of murder. Paul Chadwick, 34, of Lowlands Road in Bolton le Sands, is charged with murdering 40 year old Lisa Clay and 6 year old Joseph Chadwick. Police discovered the bodies of Lisa and Joseph at their home address on Tuesday 9th April.

Calling all Community Groups

Transition City Lancaster has asked us to post the following invitation To all Community Groups, Charities, CICs, Co-ops: A call to support each other and possibly share assets In the present financial climate everybody is struggling to survive and there is a real possibility that some groups essential to the future of the Lancaster and Morecambe area...

Education: Tots, Teens & In-Betweens

As we hear plans for longer school hours, shorter school holidays and an increase in the school leaving age, and we look forward to hearing plans for extra staffing to deal with it, local parents will berelievedto hear that Lancashire's schools are ahead of the game when it comes to quality, according to new statistics.

“Small Business Saturday” idea debated by Council

Local councillors voiced their support for a Small Business Saturday at yesterday's City Council meeting, hoping to get backing for a day that would put small business in the spotlight and encourage people to support them.