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Lancaster Labour Opposes County Land Grab

Barton Road 2018 Fence Plans
11/9/18: Local Labour city and county councillors, as well as Lancaster’s MP have reacted angrily to Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) plans to stop the public from being able to use the Barton Road Playing Fields, a proposal that's provoked a storm of protest.

Lakes International Comic Art Festival back next month - a quick guide

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018
11/9/18: A world of comic art will be arriving in Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, 12–14th October, 2018. What can you expect from this year's Cumbria comics extravaganza?

A New Lease of Life for Two Lancaster-Based Artists

Preoccupations exhibition poster
1/9/18: A new art space in King Street, Lancaster, is to host an innovative exhibition by two of its resident artists. Entitled ‘Preoccupations’, the exhibition will showcase drawing, painting, sculpture and film by local artists Laura van Tatenhove and Debbie Yare.

Family Fun in the Mall just part of comics events planned for all ages at this year's Festival

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 Family Zone
23/8/18: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal has some big plans for family fun at this year's weekend-long celebration of all things comic related in October, working hand in hand with the team at Westmorland Shopping Centre to deliver some full-on creative craziness.

The Dukes breaks box office cinema records

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
26/7/18: Lancaster’s awardwinning Dukes cinema is celebrating its busiest ever year. The independent cinema has seen 42,000 people through the doors in the past year and 700 screenings.

Greens object to Chancellor’s Wharf footpath closures

24/7/18: Green councillors are objecting to a planning application made by Lancaster University to install security gates, walls, a hedge and signage - all to discourage members of the public from using the footpaths across Chancellor’s Wharf.

Working Together to Tackle Flood Risk

20/7/18: South Lancaster Flood Group formed after the November Flooding. On the 16th July the Group walked along Burrow Beck from the Lancaster Leisure Park to the A6 with the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Counci.

Batala Lancaster all Fired up for Fringe Festival

Batala Lancaster at Manchester Carnival
7/7/18: Local band gains sought-after slot to play at Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

County Conservatives Train Response Delayed!

A Northern Rail train. They do exist.
7/6/18: As Lancashire’s train commuters faced a third week of misery and chaos on the trains, Cllr Driver (Leader of Lancashire County Council) finally, on Tuesday, released a tweet on the failings of Northern Rail. There wasn’t even a link to a full statement.

Have your say on on Lancaster's Canal Quarter principles

Artist's impression of the proposed Canal Quarter development, as seen from Moor Lane
24/5/18: Lancaster City Council is asking for the views of residents, businesses and organisations on a set of principles that will guide the future development of the Canal Quarter project.

County Council consultation begins on reducing community transport budget

17/4/18: Lancashire County Council is consulting on proposals to reduce the budget which supports community transport services.

Review: 'Educating Rita' at the Dukes

Andrew Pollard and Lauryn Redding as Frank and Rita
7/4/18: Dukes Director Sarah Punshon follows her Christmas success 'Aladdin' with another strong production, Educating Rita. It's an economical play. One set, two characters, several years. Played in the round, it is intimate, and more compelling than any film could be.

County's £100m South Lancaster Transport Plan Bid Goes To Next Stage

Bailrigg Garden Village proposed sites (click to enlarge)
2/4/18: Major infrastructure plans to support new homes in Lancaster and the development of Lancaster University, including the new Health Innovation Campus, have received approval to be taken to the next stage. The HIF Forward Fund would support a range of transport infrastructure initiatives.

New memorial bench and garden in Ryelands Park

1/4/18: The Friends of Ryelands Park, funded by a Lancashire Environmental Fund Green Grant and supported by the Lancaster City Council, installed a memorial bench and garden in memory of founding Friend of Ryelands Park Pam Thomas

Date set for Lancaster City Council by-elections

29/3/18: The date for by-elections to elect new councillors for the Skerton West and the University & Scotforth Rural wards on Lancaster City Council has been announced.

Campaigners welcome Council rethink on Canal Corridor development

Artist's impression of the proposed Canal Quarter development, as seen from Moor Lane
27/3/18: Campaigners have welcomed Lancaster City Council's decision to withdraw from its arrangements with developer British Land.and is moving to re-shape ambitious plans to transform acres of prime land and buildings on the city's Canal Corridor, after extensive discussion.

Next stage for major £100m bid for transport and road improvements in Lancaster

26/3/18: Major infrastructure plans to support new homes in Lancaster and the development of Lancaster University, including the new Health Innovation Campus, have received approval to be taken to the next stage.

Geoff Driver decrees only Tories allowed to speak at County's Cabinet meetings

Geoff Driver
23/3/18: Lancashire County Councillors are still smarting after its Cabinet agreed on 8 March to a proposal by by Conservative Council Leader Geoff Driver to bar any councillor from addressing Lancashire's Conservative-only Cabinet who was not a Cabinet member, other than the Labour leader and deputy.

CLOUD meeting advises on how to comment on Local Plan - Deadline is 6 April

Proposed area of growth for Bailrigg Garden Village
23/3/18: A packed General Meeting of CLOUD on Tuesday 20 March stressed the need for people to respond to Lancaster City Council's Local Plan by 6 April 2018. Worried residents expressed a range of concerns, with flooding and air quality topping a long list. Information on how to comment was provided

'Take 5' Litterpick Volunteers Clean Up City Canal Corridor

'Take 5' litter pick volunteers
23/3/18: On Saturday 10th March 2018, a voluntary litter pick and multi-agency fisheries patrol was conducted on the Lancaster Canal, in and around Lancaster, with the aim of improving this much-loved space for all users, as well as providing a high-visibility deterrent against wildlife and fisheries crime.

Take back control say Greens on Canal Corridor. Petition launched

Green Councillors' proposal for the Canal Corridor development
23/3/18: A public meeting at the Gregson Centre last week was told by Green Party speakers that the proposed scheme by British Land was full of financial and environmental risks. They calculated that it would be more financially sound for the Council to take control with a phased scheme.

Lancaster Medical School to double its student intake

Lancaster University UK logo
22/3/18: Lancaster Medical School is to provide 60 more places as part of the biggest ever expansion of the NHS medical workforce across the UK. This will bring the total number of available places at Lancaster for future doctors to 125 for 2019 entry.

Labour's majority in the balance as student city councillors resign

Lucy Atkinson & Sam Armstrong
22/3/18: Two vacancies have been created on Lancaster City Council following the resignation of two Labour councillors. Lucy Atkinson and Sam Armstrong, who both represented the University and Scotforth Rural ward, have resigned their seats.

Police appeal for information after teenager groped in Lancaster.

16/3/18: Police are appealing for information after a 19 year old woman was groped in Lucy Street car park in Lancaster shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning.

County approves new LED streetlights

16/3/18: A scheme to replace 38,000 streetlights with LEDs has been approved by Lancashire County Council's cabinet. This £9.2m project, running from April 2018 to November 2020, will see all of the county's older, less efficient streetlights replaced by cutting edge, energy saving LEDs.

New Visitor Parking Permits could cost an extra £22 a year each

Lancashire County Council logo
16/3/18: Green Party councillors say that new arrangements for visitors' parking permits will bring extra costs for some residents living in resident parking scheme zones - as much as an extra £44 a year for some.

Lancaster MP Cat Smith condemns Tory Voter ID check plans

Cat Smtih MP - Official Photo 2018
12/3/18: Lancaster MP Cat Smith has hit out at Conservative plans to introduce Voter ID checks, which over 40 charities argue will rob vulnerable people of a say in elections.

University Students support the strike

Lancaster University UCU Strike Picket on 5 March 2018
9/3/18: Over 800 Lancaster University students have signed an open letter to their Vice Chancellor expressing solidarity with the staff of the University and with the UCU strike and condemning creeping privatisation in education which has led to exploitation of students and reductions in staff expenditure.

CLOUD to hold meeting on Bailrigg Garden Village Development

Bailrigg Garden Village proposed sites (click to enlarge)
9/3/18: Local campaign group CLOUD is calling a General Meeting on Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm at the Boot & Shoe pub.

Celebrating Women Week leads off at the Marsh Community Centre

Dot Crotchet & The Raging Harmonies
4/3/18: On Saturday the Marsh Community Centre held a wonderful day celebrating the wonderful women of Lancashire, marking 100 years of (some) women getting the vote in the UK.

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