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May 2014

Opinion: Caging the Morecambe 'Bird Man'

The shock news that 65 year old Morecambe man John Wilkinson was given a six week prison sentence on 23 May for feeding birds in breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) has led to local people planning a 'mass bird feed' on Morecambe Prom tomorrow (Saturday) at 1.30pm in protest.

Luneside residents win embankment victory

Persimmon Homes have now submitted an amended planning application for Luneside East. Their revised plan for 149 dwellings off Lancaster's St George's Quay now retains the embankment, which the developer originally proposed removing and has also withdrawn the proposal for direct vehicular access to Long Marsh Lane, keeping a pedestrian and cycle path instead.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 28th May to 5th June by Peter Clarke

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

Let Us Entertain You - Street Music for Bank Holiday Monday

Martha, Beatrice and Miriam from Brownedge St Mary's High School, Bamber Bridge, entertain the crowds at Lancaster's Horseshoe Corner on Bank Holiday Monday with a classical trio. Photos: Alan Phillips.

Charmaine Childs , the Human Carousel raises smiles on Bank Holiday Saturday

Australian strong lady Charmaine Childs as "Betty Brawn" thrilled the crowd in Lancaster's Marketgate on Bank Holiday Saturday by showing her unique talent for picking up men.

Meet Your New North West MEPs 2014

Three Labour, three UKIP and two Conservatives were elected as MEPS for the North West last night (full results here). The North West vote share was Labour, 34%, UKIP 27%,Conservatives 20%, Green 7%,Liberal Democrat 6% and Others5%. The Liberal Democrats long-term MEP Chris Davies lost his set, as did the BNP's Nick Griffin.

Local Council By Election Results May 2014

Two by-elections for vacant seats on Lancaster City Council took place yesterday (Thursday May 22). Green Party Candidates Abi Mills (Scotforth West) and Jack Filmore (University) both took seats previously held by Labour. Lancaster City Council's seats are now held as follows: 22 Labour, 15 Conservative, 10 Independent Group, 10 Green, 2 Free Independent, 1 Non-Aligned Independent.

12,000 new homes locally? Council launches major planning consultation

Forecast Methodology. Turley The Lancaster district should make plans for an additional 12,000 new homes over the next 20 years to meet housing needs fuelled by an increasing population and a growing economy. This would represent a 20% increase in the number of local homes.

Looking Back on Market Square: A 'Sneak Peek" at Lancaster Library's Exhibition

A post-war image of Market Street leading to Market Square circa 1946. The centre of the square is still accessible to cars. The Square was pedestrianised in the 1970s Lancashire's Museum Service has given us a sneak peek at the fascinating photographs of Lancaster's Market Square, which will be on display in Lancaster Library from Saturday 24th May as part of an ongoing display.

Ban old tyres on public vehicles, urges county council

Vehicles which provide a service to the public such as coaches and taxis should not be allowed to use tyres which are more than 10 years old, according to Lancashire County Council. Councillors unanimously supported a Notice of Motion proposed by County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, at a recent meeting of the Full Council.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 21st to 29th May 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. This is a good period for new family films. We have animation with Postman Pat: The Movie (U) and Legends of OZ: Dorothy's Return (U). Also making an appearance is the impressive Disney fantasy adventure Maleficent (PG).

Lancaster University in traditional Chinese Dragon boat race

A team of 20 Lancaster University students, staff and community members braved the heavy rain and wind to take home 2nd place at the North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Competition was held at Preston Docks on 10th May. The annual set of races are held to celebrate the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival and included teams from five universities in the region.

Lancaster city centre improvements take shape, famous Horseshoe set to return to rightful place

Resurfacing works partly funded by European Union finance to revive the heart of Lancaster city centre are well underway as part of a £1 million investment to reinvigorate Market Square and the surrounding streets that will include the return of the famous horseshoe to "Horsehoe Corner" on the corner of Penny Street and Market Street.

Memories of Market Square opens at Lancaster Library this weekend

Lancaster Market Square with outdoor market, circa 1900. Image courtesy Lancashire County Museum Service An ongoing exhibition of photographs showing the changing face of Lancaster’s Market Square will open at Lancaster Library this Saturday - 24th May 2014.

City Council under Scrutiny: Is it Up to Scratch?

Is there an issue affecting you and your community that you would like to see Lancaster City Council look into? If so, Lancaster City Council wants to hear from you. Scrutiny is important to local democracy and exists to hold decision-makers to account and ensure that issues of concern to local residents and visitors are addressed.

Morecambe Carnival 2015 opens applications for floats

Float Entries for Morecambe Carnival 2015 (MC15) are now open. The application form is here on the event's official site. Morecambe Carnival 2014 had a fantastic turnout, with an estimated 30,000 people turning out to watch it, and while the date of next year's event has yet to be confirmed, the Carnival's organisers are now planning for a bigger and better carnival experience in 2015.

Dukes New Patron Sarah Lancashire scoops a BAFTA

Dukes patron Sarah LancashireJust weeks after The Dukes revealed that popular actress Sarah Lancashire had been appointed its first Honorary Patron she has added a touch of lustre to her new role by scooping a BAFTA.

Lancashire County Council calls for Robin Hood Tax to rebalance economy

County Councillor Gina DowdingLancashire County Council has become the 50thBritish local authority to agree to lobby Governmentto sign up to the Financial Transaction Tax.

Seaside Awards for Morecambe's beaches

Lancaster City Council has again scooped a top award that places two of Morecambe’s beaches among the best in the UK. Seaside Awards recognise and award beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management.