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February 2014

Eastham Street Hit and Run - Witness Appeal

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 16:16:

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

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 15:34: 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

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:43: 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

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 10:19: 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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 22:10: 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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 17:54: 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

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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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 17:00: 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

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 06:35: 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

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 13:26: 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

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 07:35: 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%

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 07:20: 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

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 07:16: 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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 15:17: 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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 13:56: 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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 09:40: 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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 06:59: 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

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 13:15: 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

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 12:58: 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

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 17:40: 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.

Nationwide Demonstration Against ATOS - Wednesday Noon at Mitre House

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 15:41: Thousands of white carnations were laid out in Parliament Square last September, representing the alleged 10,000 dead as a result of benefits cuts after Work Capabilty Assessments carried out on contract by ATOS.A peaceful demonstration has been organised to take place on Wednesday 19 February from 12 midday to 3.30pm outside government contractor ATOS' Lancaster Assessment Centre at Mitre House,...

Police issue cold callers warning following bad weather

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 13:49: Police and Trading Standards are warning residents in areas of the county affected by the recent high winds to be wary of cold callers claiming work is needed to your homes. Cold callers are those who arrive on people’s door stop without prior invitation.

Ethical Local Business brings resilience to communities, economic summit delegates told.

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 13:22: Ethical entrepreneurs and community organisations from the Lancaster region gathered at the University of Cumbria last week for a local economic summit, hosted by the university’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS).

Project XXX at DT3 lays bare the human in the machine

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 11:05: Laid Bare Theatre will be bringing their multimedia theatre show Project XXX to the Dukes DT3 Studio on Monday 24 February. Project XXX has gone through two years of development, withwriter/director Paul Hine and writer Kim Wiltshireworking with youngpeople across the North West to explore the real issues with internet pornography.

Frontierland fun and music comes to the Nuffield Theatre, courtesy of More Music

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 06:53: The nationally acclaimed local community music and education charity More Music and Live at LICA are bringing a mini festival to Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre later this month Frontierland - the name inspired by Morecambe's former western-themed attraction - offers a lively, raucous, fun-time band on the street.

Lancaster homeless plan to create prison theatre group

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 17:26: Lancaster University is helping homeless people fundraise for their own theatre group to tour prisons. The aim to give inmates the message that change is possible as some of the homeless are themselves ex-offenders.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 12th to 20th February 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 15:52: 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. A host of new releases for this Valentine period.

Met Office issues severe warning for wind

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 14:24: Flashback: The Really Heavy Greatcoat, March 1994!Lancashire County Council is alerting people to a 'red' warning issued by the Met Office for severe wind affecting the county today. According to Met Office advice, this could result in structures such as power lines being affected, trees being brought down, and damage to buildings.

Lancaster University kick starts 50th Anniversary celebration with Royal visit

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:19: Pro Chancellor Lord Liddle of Carlisle, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith, HRH Princess Alexandra, Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington, Lady Liddle and Professor Andrew Atherton Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Photo courtesy Lancaster University A Royal visitor added a special touch to the official start of celebrations marking Lancaster University’s 50th Anniversary.

Morecambe's West End's Empty Shops - Good News and Bad News

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:11: The North West still has the most empty shop and leisure units in the country – and Morecambe's West End is among the worst performers. The Business Desk reports that according to figures from the Local Data Company 17.3% of units in the region were empty, up from 17.1% in 2012 and well ahead of the national average of 12.2% (2012: 12.6).

Lancaster City Council to increase Council Tax by around 2%

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 09:55: Council's finances "challenging", says its leader, Eileen BlamireLancaster City Council will increase its portion of Council Tax by around 2% for 2014/15, helping to protect services in the short term. In real terms this means households will pay an average (based on a Band D property) of an extra £3.91 or so a year – or 8p a week – to the city council from April 2014.

Lancaster University launches "Streets of Mourning" Great War project

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 15:41: Historians from Lancaster University are inviting local people to help flesh out the stories of more than a thousand men from the city who died in World War One. "Streets of Mourning," a unique map highlighting the homes of the dead, is being showcased in St Nicholas Arcades on February 12 as part of Campus in the City, where Lancaster University brings its research into the community.

People Power Wins as train company backs down on cancelling local peak time commuter train

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 17:16: Hot on the heels of Lancashire County Council bowing to public pressure and reversing its plans to cut bus subsidies come more good news for local commuters – the train company First Transpennine Express has now confirmed that they will be running an extra train from Oxenholme to Lancaster next week at 5.30pm, after a petition and email writing campaign from commuters (see news story).

County Council Welcomes Flooding Funds

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 16:58: Lancashire County Council has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of funding for flood alleviation schemes throughout the county. Thousands of homes will be better protected from the devastating effects of flooding.

Chamber of Commerce celebrates Apprenticeship event success

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 16:16: Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the success of its first Apprenticeship focused event on Friday 31st January. The business organisation says the event, which was held at GVS Filter Technology UK in Morecambe, was a huge success and attracted 20 businesses from the district, and bodes well for its support of National Apprenticeship Week in March.

Bus Fare rise ahead for school children, but support remains for low income famillies

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 16:05: Proposed changes to school transport in Lancashire, which included a rise in school bus fares, are to go ahead. The changes also include a rise in the level of subsidy the county council makes towards transport to faith schools and a reduction in the number of people who qualify for free transport.

Final reminder to register to vote

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 15:56: More than 5,000 people in the Lancaster district risk falling off the electoral register unless they take immediate action. That’s the warning this week from Lancaster City Council as it prepares to publish the latest edition of the electoral register. Registration forms were sent to every home in the Lancaster district last year, followed up by personal visits by those who did not respond.

Work on Heysham to M6 Link Road officially gets underway

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 07:58: Cheery: Ground breaking for the new road: MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood Eric Ollerenshaw, Lancaster City Council leader Eileen Blamire, City Councillor Janice Hanson, County Councillor Jenny Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, Jo Turton, interim chief executive Lancashire County Council, Darren James, managing director for infrastructure Costain, and County Councillor John Fillis.

County Council issues statement on bus cut climbdown

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 07:40: Council leader Jennifer Mein: " The county council will still listen to residents' views"Lancashire County Council has issued a full statement on its decision not to withdraw, wholesale, its million subsidy for 72 bus services across the county, which included vital evening and weekend bus routes in the Lune Valley, Heysham and several Lancaster council estates.

Pedestrian Zone: New Traffic and Parking Restrictions Postponed

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 23:40: The start date for a scheme to reduce traffic in Lancaster's pedestrian zone has been postponed until 3rd March 2014 due to administrative errors. Lancashire County Council had intended to bring in the new rules, which will affect traffic and parking arrangements, on Monday 3 February.

Lancaster MP gives cautious welcome to County' Bus U-Turn

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 15:51: Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw has given a cautious welcome to Lancashire County Council’s decision not to press ahead with cuts to bus services after a huge public outcry. As we reported earlier, after immense pressure from Lancashire residents, local MPs and other politicians, Lancashire County Council have made a U-turn on their decision to cut our subsidised bus services.

Rural bus services "saved" (for now) as County Council backs down after massive public protest

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 14:04: Campaigners against proposed swingeing cuts to rural bus cuts across Lancashire are celebrating after the County Council, facing huge public outcry, announced it had backed down on the plans.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 5th to 13th February 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 15:09: 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.

Remembering Ron Johnson

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 11:55: Ron Johnson at The Platform. Photo: Barrie MarshallMusician Tony Cooke pays tribute to Ron Johnson of the Beside The Seaside website and Lune Valley Audio, who died earlier this week... It is with great sadness that I report the death of my dear friend Ron Johnson.He passed away, peacefully in his sleep, in the early hours of Saturday 1st February.

Review: I Fagiolini at Live at LICA

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 08:39: I Fagiolini Photographer: Eric RichmondI Fagiolini at Live at LICA Thursday 30 January 2014 in the Great Hall, Lancaster University, Reviewed by Sally Ryde Carlo Gesualdo was aged 24 years when he viciously murdered his young wife Maria and her lover, the Duke of Andria, in Naples with an array of sharp pointed weapons, including a pike, a dagger and a stiletto.

Seven Ages at Arnside

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 07:09: Arnside Educational Institute has once again teamed up with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme to bring Arnside audiences a magical, comedy theatre show about the seven stages of life. Essentially a comedy - with touching moments in it - Seven Ages explores the idea that we go through seven stages in life, from infancy, through love and wisdom, to growing old disgracefully!

Counting the cost of Child Poverty

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 10:59: Professor Margaret Ledwith. Image courtesy University of CumbriaThe University of Cumbria is to host a public lecture on Child Poverty by Professor Margaret Ledwith at its Lancaster campus later this month. Most people think the distribution of wealth in the UK is far more equal than it actually is.