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February 2016

Police appeal for help to identify body found in Lancaster last year

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 14:39: Police are appealing for help to identify the body of a man that was found in Lancaster in August last year - and have issued a likeness of the man. The body was discovered by a farmer at around 11.40am on Monday 10th August on the salt marshes on the Lune estuary near to Glasson Dock.

Lancaster Tennis Club announces April Open Day

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 08:05: Lancaster Tennis Clubon Lune Road is launching its new tennis season with an Open Day on Saturday 16th April (2.00 - 4.00pm) for anyone interested in trying out tennis and maybe becoming the next Andy Murray! This is for both adults and juniors, from aged five upwards, and is free of charge.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 24th February to 3rd March 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 15:28: 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 just three new releases during this period. There is the mystery/drama Exposed (15); the action sequel London has Fallen (15) and horror with The Forest (15).

Big Stink over Waste Collection changes as PFI cost of closing plants is questioned

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:14: Local County Councillor Gina Dowding at last week's County Council Executive Scrutiny CommitteeThere could be a big stink brewing over changes to waste collection in Lancashire, after the County Council decided to call time on its £2 billion waste recycling scheme at Farington and Thornton, which could see 260 people losing their jobs.

Could County Council Bus Service Cuts Be Illegal?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 06:37: Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet) Bus Users UK has warned Lancashire County Council that they could be in breach of Section 63 of the 1985 Transport Act after they decided to cut all bus subsidies in Lancashire - and opposition councillors have also warned the decision could be subject to judicial review.

Lancaster City Council to support Syrian refugees

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 14:55: Lancaster City Council has confirmed it will participate in the Government’s Syrian refugee resettlement programme from 2017. In its bid to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK, the Government has written to all local authorities confirming it will provide funding to help to resettle Syrian refugees.

Life sentence for Heysham woman who murdered her boyfriend

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 14:49: Terri-Marie PalmerA woman has been given a life sentence for murdering a man in Morecambe last year. 23-year-old Terri-Marie Palmer of Warton Avenue, Heysham was handed the sentence after being found guilty following a week-long trial at Preston Crown Court, which ended on Friday.

Food Waste Collection to End as part of County Council Savings Measures

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 14:40: Food waste in the Lancaster district will no longer be collected and taken away for recycling soon, following a decision made by Lancashire County Council to change the way that garden waste is composted.

"Clean for the Queen" project gets Council backing

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 14:28: Lancaster City Council is encouraging local residents and community groups to get together and clean up the district to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Presumably this national initiative is the brainchild of some Tory wag who wants us to clean our streets for free because councils can't afford to pay their staff to do the extra work thanks to government funding cuts.

New vice chancellor appointed for University of Cumbria

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 14:16: Professor Julie MennellThe University of Cumbria Board has approved the appointment of Professor Julie Mennell, currently Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) at the University of Sunderland, as the next vice chancellor of the university.

Lancashire County Council budget cuts to hit local services

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 16:19: Budget cuts by Lancashire County Council will have a huge effect on services in the Lancaster district, city councillors heard last Tuesday. Although the county council and Lancaster City Councils are separate local authorities with their own budgets, numerous services rely on funding from both organisations.

Are you 'open for business'?

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 17:00: Photo: Cat SmithLancaster businesses affected by the winter floods are being encourage to add themselves to a Government sponsored online visitor information map to show they are open for business. The objective of the initiative is to highlight that places affected by flooding are ‘open for business’ and to encourage people to use local services.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 17th to 25th February 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 17:07: 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. Seven new releases make it to our local screens during this period. There is comedy with the spy spoof Grimsby (15); romance in How to be Single (15) and an ageing friendship in Youth (15).

Broken Dancefloors releases EP from Morecambe's H>O>D – aka House Of Daggers

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 14:35: Manchester-based record labelBroken Dancefloors, "the sound of the northern DIY hyper insomniac underground" is back with its second release - from a Morecambe-based artist.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 10th to 18th February 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 17:17: 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 showing at local cinemas. There is superhero action with Deadpool (15), comedy romance in How to be Single (15) and the comedy horror Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (15).

Bogus caller warning after senior citizens robbed in Carnforth and Slyne

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:24: Detectives are urging homeowners to be vigilant following several reports of bogus callers. who appear to be targeting senior citizens and stealing money. Around 1.00pm on Monday 1st February, a man approached an address in Carnforth claiming he was owed money for work he carried out on the property’s chimney.

Affordable Homes come under the spotlight at The Globe

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 16:17: If you're on the lookout for a more affordable home to rent this year, then an event taking place at The Globe Arena in Morecambe this week might be right up your street. With new social housing developments springing up in Lancaster and Morecambe, there’s never been a better time to apply for a new place to live via the district’s housing register.

Market Square Trees Saved After Massive Campaign

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 13:10: Lancaster Market Square. Photo: John Freeman A determined campaign by local people opposed to the removal of Lancaster Market Square's trees has been a success. A Full City Council meeting threw out a much-derided proposal to remove the limes, rejecting claims they should be cut down on health and safety grounds, and because they were blocking sunlight into city centre shops.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 3rd to 11th February 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 16:12: 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. A good period for novelty with with eight new films making the local screens. There is military action in 13 Hours (15) and A War (15).

Lancashire County Council Introduces £10 Blue Badge Fee

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 13:41: Lancashire County Council has become the final council in England to introduce a charge for Blue Badges. From Tuesday 1st March, people and organisations will have to pay £10 when their badge is issued. The scheme allows people with disabilities affecting their mobility to park closer to their destination, by using disabled bays and areas where parking restrictions may usually be in place.

Campaigners rally to Stop Lancaster Post Office Closure

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:54: Campaigners have launched a petition to protest at plans to close Lancaster's Crown Post Office on Fenton Street and move services into a city centre store. Nearly 40 of the UK's Crown Post Offices across the UK could be shut down due to a decision made by Post Office Ltd to save money and make more profit at the expense of much needed services.

Slyne Looks To Shape Its Future

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 14:04: Lancaster City Council has received a fifth neighbourhood plan application from Slyne with Hest Parish Council. Neighbourhood planning gives communities the chance to decide where new development should be and what it should look like. For example, new homes, shops and offices.