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January 2014

Re-development work starts on Moorlands Hotel?

Moorlands Hotel, Freehold, Lancaster.Freehold residents have been expressing concerns that Mister Properties appears to have begun work on the re-development on the Moorlands Hotel into student flats – even though planning permission has yet to be granted. The Moorlands Hotel in Lancaster's Freehold closed a few months ago and was sold to Mister Capitol Holdings by owners Mitchells.

1200 sign petition to save Lune Valley bus services

Over 1200 local residents in the Lune Valley who will be affected by Lancashire County Council's proposal to cut 72 evening bus and weekend services across the County have signed a petition opposing the plans.

New Bowlers, please! Happy Mount Bowling Competition announced

Lancaster City Council is calling for teams to take part in a crown green bowling competition at Happy Mount Park, Morecambe. The event will take place over three week nights. The initial heats will be on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th March. The finals will take place on Thursday 20th March. Each night will run from 6pm to 8pm and all are welcome.

Number's Up For County Council's 0845 Lines

County Council chiefs have announced the forthcoming introduction of cheaper 0300 numbers to contact its services. The decision by Lancashire County Council to replace its current 0845 numbers with 0300 numbers will make it cheaper to contact the council by phone. The new numbers, to be introduced on Thursday 27th March, will cost the same to call as geographic numbers starting 01 or 02.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 29th January to 6th February 2014 by Peter Clarke

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, official film links and reviews. A varied selection of new releases this period. War action with Lone Survivor (15), comedy/romance with That Awkward Moment (15) and animation with Mr Peabody Sherman (U).

NO HANDS Massage Clinic, Morecambe

Take time out, take time for you - book in at the NO HANDS Massage Clinic in Morecambe for top quality, professional therapeutic Massage.

Campaigners fight to save First Transpennine train service

Users of the Windermere to Manchester train line are up in arms after First Transpennine they are cancelling a peak time commuter train service from Kendal to Lancaster - leaving a two hour hole in the timetable. The decision means a lot of local people will be unable to continue to commute to work by train.

Campaigners lose Parliamentary "Ping Pong" as "Gagging Bill" gets passed by House of Lords

The government’s plan to clamp down on what charities and campaigning groups and ordinary people can speak out about at elections, backed by local MPs Eric Ollerenshaw and David Morris, is now almost UK law.

Council introduces new traffic rules for Lancaster city centre pedestrain zone

New rules which aim to reduce the amount of vehicle traffic in Lancaster’s pedestrian zone are due to come into force from next Monday (3rd February). As part of the Lancaster Square Routes project, Lancashire County Council is bringing in an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.

Local Birth Buddy Scheme Launch next Tuesday

Are you expecting? Have you recently given birth? Fed up of hearing horror stories? Lancaster and Morecambe Birth Support Group is about to launch a birth buddy scheme.

Is Lancaster game for sustainable change?

Less is More Game Project Manager Liz Horn with Project Academic Researcher Dr Noel Cass from Lancaster University. A new four-month research project to explore the feasibility of creating a new digital game to promote sustainability across the district has secured £15,000 funding. LESS, a Lancaster-based social enterprise, has secured the money from Lancaster University's Catalyst Project.

Williamson Park Needs Yews!

A number of yew trees are being replaced around the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park to enhance the historic landmark. Lancaster City Council is removing existing trees from around the outside of the Memorial this week. The project will be completed in line with the recently commissioned Landscape and Woodland Management Plan.

Council considering plans to convert St Leonard’s House into student/young worker accommodation

Lancaster City Council has issued a full statement on its ongoing discussion about the future of St. Leonard's House, confirming that proposals to convert St Leonard’s House in Lancaster into student/young worker accommodation have been given the green light to progress to the next stage.

Christmas Drink Driving in Lancashire shows small fall in positive tests

Over 200 people were caught drink driving in Lancashire during the police’s Christmas drink drive campaign, but the percentage of drunk drivers was down slightly on last year's figures, including in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

Salt Ayre offers free sport on your doorstep for 13 to 19-year-olds

Lancaster City Council and the University of Cumbria are joining forces to deliver a new Doorstep Sports Club at Salt Ayre Sports Centre. A doorstep sports club provides numerous sports and free coaching to young people aged 13 to 19 and has proved popular across the UK.

Local Cinema Round-up for 22nd to 30th January 2014 by Peter Clarke

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, official film links and reviews. A good time for action based new releases with the thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (12A), the violent and moving 12 Years a Slave (15), and a clash of monsters with I, Frankenstein (12A).

CCTV released in connection with Morecambe shop burglary

Police released CCTV images of men they would like to speak to after a second hand shop was broken into and burgled in Morecambe last year. Between 12 noon on Friday 29th November 2013 and 7.50am the following morning, somebody broke into The Arcade on Marine Road West.

Future plans for St Leonards House go before Cabinet today

Lancaster City Council's Cabinet is meeting today and will consider the future of St Leonard's House on St Leonardgate.

Latest stage of "Square Routes" project gets under way in March (and the horseshoe will be back!)

£1 million of investment is set to pave the way towards reviving the heart of Lancaster city centre with improvement works beginning in early March 2014.

Number One Writer Alexander McCall Smith at the Grand in February

Alexander McCall SmithThere's the opportunity to meet bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the Number One Ladies' Detective Agency books and one of the world's most prolific and most popular authors, at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster, on Tuesday 4th February.