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January 2016

Festival of Questions Come to Lancaster Next Month

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 09:54: Next month sees the Festival of Questionsacross Lancaster - a three-week programme of special events, panel discussions and cultural projects, at venues across Lancaster in February 2016 with some speakers proving so popular their events have already sold out.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 27th January to 4th February 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 15:10: 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. Four new films make it to the cinema screens during this period. There is adult comedy with Dirty Grandpa (15) and adult drama/suspense in Room (15).

Marsh Residents Rally To Save Community Centre

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 22:05: A heartfelt appeal for support for the Marsh Community Cente from a young userThe future of the popular Marsh Community Centre is under threat - to the dismay of its users and supporters across the city.

Residents Rally Against Denny Beck Development Threat

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 17:52: Under threat from potential development. Photo courtesy Janet TaylorTheDenny Beck Residents Action Groupis gaining support in its campaign to protect a huge area of nearby Lancaster countryside that could be earmarked for housing and industrial development if the Local Plan goes ahead as outlined in the near future.

Flood-hit Lancaster charity shop opens at church

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 17:01: The Venerable Michael Everitt, the Archdeacon of Lancaster (right), cuts the ribbon to declare the shop open assisted by shop manager Faye Smyth and the Vicar of Lancaster, The Revd Chris Newlands.A charity shop which lost goods donated to help vulnerable children has re-opened at a local church.

Man, 38, injured in Morecambe incident

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 16:54: Police are appealing for information after a man suffered serious facial injuries following an incident in Morecambe. Police were called around 11.00pm on Saturday 23rd January, following reports a man had been assaulted outside New Pound Plus in Westminster Road, Morecambe. A 38-year-old man was found at the scene with damage to his teeth and cuts and bruises to his face.

Hunt Still On for Christmas Attacker

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 16:51: Lancaster Police are trying to trace this man (pictured) after a reveller was left needing stitches following an assault in Lancaster before Christmas. The incident happened outside McDonalds on Cheapside at around 5.00am on Friday 18th December when the victim, 26, was out with two friends and he was punched from behind. The victim fell to the ground and the offender then stamped on his head.

Police appeal for witnesses to Carnforth collision

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 16:48: Police are appealing for witnesses after a car collided with a pedestrian in Carnforth. Officers attended at around 7.40pm on Sunday 24th January, following reports a black Range Rover had collided with a pedestrian on Market Street, close to the Station Inn Hotel. The pedestrian suffered minor leg injuries.

Marketing boost for Lancashire's arts organisations announced by Marketing Lancashire

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 13:00: The Dukes Oliver Twist in Lancaster's Williamson ParkWith councils and arts organisations facing huge cuts to central government funding, there's a bit of good news this week from Marketing Lancashire, which has has been awarded £50,000 from Arts Council England National Lottery Funded Grants For the Arts programme to commence work on a new initiative to help raise Lancashire’s profile as a...

Lancaster Castle to host Shakespeare anniversary celebration show, Measures for Mesure

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 11:00: Lancaster Castle is raising the curtain on a brand new production of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measurein February. The show is being performed from Thursday 25th February until Saturday 19th March. Tickets are available from 9.30am on Monday 25th January.

Potato Day returns to Lancaster

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 11:00: Lancaster's annual Potato Day festival, organised byTransition City Lancaster, will be on Saturday 30th January from 11.00am to 3.00pm. To celebrate local food growing there will be 22 varieties of organic seed potatoes to choose from as well as local apple trees to buy. As always, the potato themed cafe will have delicious home made cakes as well as hot food, teas and coffees.

Find out more about Lancaster City Council's 2016/17 budget

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 17:26: Members of the public are invited to attend a presentation of Lancaster City Council’s budget and proposed priorities and for the coming year. The presentation will form part of the next meeting of the council’s Budget and Performance Panel on Tuesday 26th January 2016. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting which takes place at Morecambe Town Hall from 6pm.

Lancaster City Council Chief Executive Wanted, salary: £107.000

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 10:43: Lancaster Town Hall. Photo: John Freeman There are tough times ahead for Lancaster City Council, facing extraordinary cuts to its central government funding, with many local services under threat.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 20th to 28th January 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 16:27: 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. There is a good input of fresh material this period with six new movies making it to the local cinemas.

Salt Ayre plans pass the first stage

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 13:01: There's a new look for Salt Ayre Sports Centre ahead. Image supplied for illustrative purposes only. Image ©CreateabilityProposals for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Salt Ayre Sports Centre have passed the first stage. On Tuesday (19th January) Lancaster City Council’s cabinet unanimously supported the plans, which will now go to Full Council on Wednesday 2nd March for final approval.

Swingeing Cuts to Council Services Ahead as Tory Cuts to Funding Bite

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 11:03: Councillor Richard Newman-Thompson says that in the face of more funding cuts, the City Council is "in an almost impossible position"Lancaster City Council's Cabinet has proposed plans to save £2.8 million annually over the next few years, as part of action plan to tackle a £5.6million funding gap by 2020.

Market Square Limes Fate to Be Discussed by Full Council

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 10:39: Lancaster Market Square. Photo: John Freeman After a determined campaign by local people opposed to their removal, we're pleased to report the proposal to chop down Lancaster Market Square's lime trees has been deferred until the next Full Council meeting.

New scheme launched to help "flood proof" properties in Lancashire

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 10:20: Photo: Cat SmithThe Government has announced details of aFlood Resilience Grant Schemeto help householders and businesses make their properties more resistant to future floods. Under the scheme, householders and businesses affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help make their homes more resilient to flooding in the future.

City Council Tries to Defend its plan to remove Market Square trees

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 11:12: Councillor Hanson: "I want to see trees in our urban areas and Market Square in particular"Battling to defend its proposal to cut down Market Square lime trees in the face of mounting opposition, Lancaster City Council has issued a statement saying it would quickly move to plant new trees if a decision is taken to remove those in Lancaster’s Market Square.

Save The Market Square Limes: Residents Speak Out

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 09:47: Next Tuesday, 19th January 2016, Lancaster City Council's Cabinet will vote on whether to cut down all the lime trees in Lancaster's Market Square (see our latest news story on this proposal). Watch the video to find out produced by Ray Turner to find out what the residents of Lancaster think of this: Lancaster Market Square.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 13th to 21st January 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 18:25: 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. There are three new releases making it to the local cinemas during this period.

Market Traders Back Campaign to Save Square's Trees, MP Cat Smith Questions Proposal

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 12:32: Lancaster Market Square. Photo: John Freeman The campaign to save Lancaster Market Square's lime trees (#savelancasterlimes) from the chop is gathering pace, with Charter Market traders joining the protest against the idea.

Local Theatre Company Seeks New Blood for Morecambe Shakespeare Show

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 08:40: Poster art by Arfon JonesAward-winning theatre company Attic Door Productions will be holding auditions for their production of The Tempest, which will be performed at The Winter Gardens Morecambe as part of Bard by the Beach - Shakespeare Festival in April.

Cannabis factory found at former Lancaster church

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 17:06: Cannabis with an estimated street value of £650,000 has been discovered at a former church in Lancaster. Officers found in around 1000 cannabis plants in the main hall of the former St Michaels Church on Parkgate Drive around midday on Monday 11 January.

Lancaster MP Cat Smith demands PM apply for EU flood relief funds

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 16:56: Cat SmithCat Smith, Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Fleetwood, has written to the Prime Minister demanding that he apply for flood relief funds from the European Union.

Market Square Trees: An Open Letter to Lancaster City Council's Labour Cabinet

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 16:49: Dear Lancaster City Council Cabinet Members We have read the documents relating to the proposal to cut down the trees that you will be discussing next week (news story here) and we are hoping you will join with Councillors Dave Brookes and Nick Wilkinson, who represent the city centre ward, and oppose these plans. We know we are not alone in being concerned by this proposal.

Primary school applications are about to close

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 11:45: Online applications - the quick, easy and secure way to apply for primary school places for autumn 2016 - are about to close at Lancashire County Council's website. The online application system is open until 11:59 pm on 15 January 2016 for primary schools.

Petition Protesting Proposed Tree Removals in Market Square Gathers Pace

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 15:22: (Updated 12th January): A petition launched to protest the proposal to chop down trees in Lancaster's Market Square has already attracted over 500 signatures since it was launched at the weekend - but it will take more than this to try to halt the plans.

Marathon Manic Ivory Playing Promised at the Robert Gillow!

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 17:14: Left to right: Landlord Mark Cutter, and pianists Andy Whitfield, Jack Spencer, Bill Roberts and Bill Wilding. Photo by Barrie MarshallA twelve hour piano playing session will take place at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster on Saturday 23rd January.

City Council Pays Out over £66,000 to Storm Desmond victims so far

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 16:11: Photo: Cat SmithMore than £60,000 has been paid to residents affected by Storm Desmond in December. Lancaster City Council has made payments totalling £66,500 to 133 people in the district using funding from the Government. Residents identified as having flooded homes have received the money directly, generally to the person registered for council tax.

City Council seeks views on skate park provision

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 16:05: Lancaster City Council has launched a major new survey to help identify whether there is adequate provision in the district for wheeled sports including skating and BMX riding.

Independent Lancaster Looks Ahead, putting Lancaster Floods Behind It

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 15:08: It’s been very nearly a full year since Independent Lancaster first launched its Loyalty Card and it's now grown to over 60 businesses supporting the card and hundreds of local people using it. The aim of the project is to promote independent businesses and encourage people to shop locally and the team are hoping for a much better 2016, after a rather soggy and miserable end to 2015.

Lancashire Libraries an "Easy Target" when it comes to Budget cuts, say campaigners

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 14:51: The campaign to fight library closures is growing across the UK - but like many other councils, it seems Lancashire County Council has joined others in seeing possible closures as "easy target" when it comes to cuts.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 6th to 14th January 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 17:52: 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. Six new releases make it to our region during this period. There is comedy with Grandma (15) and drama with Sunset Song The Fall of the Krays (15).

Have Your Say: Local Bus Service Subsidy Cuts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 10:15: Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet) Lancashire County Council has launched its initial consultation on the withdrawal of service subsidies from local bus services, as cuts in funding from central government continue to bite. We've listed all the local services that will be affected by these plans.

Consultations on Lancashire County Council Budget Begin

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 16:32: County Hall - facing cutsLancashire County Council is urging local people to have their say on how it plans to tackle the huge savings it needs to make. Over the next five years to 2020/21 the council must deliver savings of £262m on top of those agreed within previous budget processes.

Funding confirmed to help flood-hit homes and businesses, but anger grows over government delays on affordable insurance scheme

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 12:03: Photo: Cat Smith Photo: Nick Wilkinson Lancashire County Council has received confirmation from government that funding will be available for residents and businesses hit by the recent floods, news welcomed by council leader Jenny Mein.