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February 2014

Heysham Vigil to highlight Government Nuclear Site Flood Risk (Climate Change) Assessment

Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant invaded by the sea. A public vigil is to be held at Heysham Nuclear Power station on Saturday, March 8th, from 12 noon until 1pm to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Fukishima nuclear disaster and to draw attention to government predictions about how climate change and associated sea level rises and storm surges could affect Heysham's nuclear power stations.

Police appeal after arson attack on Lancaster flats

Lancaster detectives are appealing for information after a firebomb was thrown at a block of flats on Mainway. Shortly before midnight on Wednesday 26th February 2014, someone threw an incendiary device at a window in a block of flats at Bridge House, Mainway. The device – a plastic bottle - hit the window frame of the ground floor flat and ignited but did not go inside the property.

Review: A View from the Bridge - Lancaster Footlights

A View from the Bridge The cast Performed by Lancaster Footlightsdirected by Carol Williamsonat The Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, LancasterTuesday 18 to Saturday 22 February 2014 at 7.30pm.

City centre traffic & parking changes cancelled pending consultation

Vehicles displaying precinct permits parked in New Street at the second entrance to Lancaster Library Photo courtesy of Robert Wade Lancashire County Council has reviewed its decision to introduce a new traffic scheme in Lancaster next week.The Experimental Traffic Regulation Order was originally due to be brought in on Monday 3 February.

Appeal after man seriously assaulted in Morecambe

Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously assaulted in Morecambe on Westminster Road at the weekend. At around 5.30pm on Sunday evening (23rd February) the 27 year old victim was walking home from a relative’s house when a group of young teenagers began shouting insults at him. The victim responded verbally at which point the group ran and cycled off.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 26th Feburary to 6th March 2014

Local Cinema Round-Up for 26th February to 6th March 2014

Local Cinema Round-Up for 26th Feburary to 6th March 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, and reviews. There are three new releases during this period; the thriller Non-Stop (12A), comedy adventure with Ride Along (12A) and family animation with My Little Pony: Equestrian Girls (U).

Sunday Assembly comes to Lancaster

The cultural phenomenon that is the Sunday Assembly is coming to Lancaster. In cities across the world, non-religious community groups are gathering (normally once a month) to hear short inspiring talks, sing secular songs together, drink tea and eat cake, and to build a community.

ATOS retreats in the face of nationwide protests

Campaigners protest outside the Lancaster Assessment Centre at Mitre HouseLocal campaigners who staged a demonstration outside the ATOS assessment centre in Lancaster last Wednesday can claim a victory as the BBC confirmed on Friday that the French owned company is seeking an early exit from its contract with the Department of Work and Pensions.

Local Greens back national call to scrap HS2 plan

Some of the Green Party's North West candidates in the May 2014 European elections at Manchester Piccadilly on Tuesday: Lancaster's Gina Dowding, Peter Cranie, Laura Bannister and Kake Welsh.

County Council agrees budget, raises Council Tax by 1.99%

The final agreement on Lancashire County Council’s budget was given at yesterday's Full Council meeting (Thursday 20th February). Under the agreed budget, the county council will spend £758.31 million in the financial year 2014/15. The county council's element of council tax will rise by 1.99%.

Skerton man found dead in Lune

Gareth ParkerThe body of a man found in the Lune Estuary on Wednesday has been identified as that of missing Skerton man Gareth Parker. 33-year-old Gareth left his home address on Barley Cop Lane in Lancaster at around 10.00pm on the 15th January. He had not been seen since. Police initiated a nationwide appeal for information, to no avail.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 19th to 27th 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, and reviews. Only two new releases during this period, drama with The Book Thief (12A) and a time traveling romance with A New York Winter's Tale (12A).

Discount tickets and bus travel available for West End residents for "Frontierland" show

Residents of Morecambe’s West End are eligible for reduced rate £5 tickets (which includes bus travel from Morecambe to Lancaster University and back) for Frontierland, More Music’s celebratory show at Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre on 28th February and 1st March. Frontierland is a celebration of 20 years of More Music and features local performers from Morecambe.

Morecambe sea front revamp ahead? City Council steps up regeneration plans with partner Carillion

Morecambe's Festival Market. Photo: Lancaster City CouncilA major plan to revitalise and regenerate Morecambe have taken another step forward, after Lancaster City Council announced it is to work with the leading integrated support services company, Carillion,to identify possible opportunities for regenerating some of the town’s priority sites.

United Utilities announces Torrisholme Road works as part of M6 Link project

As part of the works for the Heysham to M6 Link Road, United Utilities has announced it will be undertaking works to divert a 12" and 7" water main out of Torrisholme Road to enable the construction of the Torrisholme Road Bridge.

Appeal following fail to stop traffic collision in Lancaster

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a cyclist sustained a shoulder injury after colliding with a van that failed to stop in Lancaster - in the same location as two accidents last year. The collision took place around 2.00pm on Thursday 13thFebruary on the pedestrian crossing on Cable Street at the junction with Water Street.

County Council allays fears over M6 clearance works

Work proceeds apace on the M6 Link near Halton Army Camp. Photo: Leslie GrahamAfter concerns were raised about the amount of tree felling and other clearance work by developers Costain along the route of the M6 link, Lancashire County Council has sought to reassure locals about its long term impact.

Chancellor George Osborne visits Lancaster Brewery. Valentine's cancelled

The Visitor reports thatChancellor George Osborne was taken on a tour of Lancaster Brewery today, Friday, as part of a whistle stop visit to businesses in north Lancashire. Back Office?On the £300m of cuts to Lancashire County Council’s budget by 2016, he told the MorecambeVisitor: “As a country we have to make sure we live within our means.

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