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Secret Nuclear Talks Revealed

15/1/08: The Independent on Sunday reported this week that the British Government held at least nine secret meetings at Downing Street with the bosses of nuclear energy companies while it formulated controversial plans for a new generation of the power plants.

Monday Night Jazz at the John O Gaunt, Lancaster for January 2008

28/12/07: Lancaster's John O'Gaunt pub continues to be the place for jazz fans on Monday nights with a variety of swinging sounds lined up for January. On 7th January 2008 guitar maestro Mark Townson takes the stand, followed on 14th January by trumpeter Melvyn Dod.

Should Have Been Christmas Number One...

14/12/07: Well this, or Shaun the Sheep... definitely a good one for Lancaster's many cat lovers. Happy Christmas!

Clive Grunshaw chosen as the Labour candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood

15/11/07: Local county councillor Clive Grunshaw has been selected by Labour Party members to fight the new seat of Lancaster and Fleetwood at the next General Election.

Eileen gets back in the saddle

15/11/07: A Lancaster councillor has got back on her bike thanks to Lancaster City Council’s ‘Bike Buddy’ scheme. Councillor Eileen Blamire stopped cycling three years ago due to a lack of time and the ever increasing traffic on the district’s roads.

Highways Agency warns drivers to take care in fog

14/11/07: The Highways Agency is advising drivers to take extra care on the roads, with the Met Office forecasting patches of dense freezing fog on some routes in northern England and the Midlands on Thursday morning.

Animal Care Appeal

13/11/07: Lancaster-based charity Animal Care have their Christmas Fairs soon and are appealing for Tombola items, Toys and Games, DVD's and good quality Bric a Brac to sell to help raise money to look after the stray and unwanted animals in its care.

School closure plans prompt meetings

13/11/07: Parents, teachers and other interested parties have been invited to attend special meetings being organised by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Lancaster City Council to discuss proposals by Lancashire County Council to close two Lancaster schools.

Cabinet accepts request from Overview and Scrutiny

12/11/07: Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet has accepted an offer of support in drawing up a tender brief for the Lawson’s Bridge site in Scotforth, a sell off which has prompted furious reaction from local residents as it could well mean a supermarket will be built on the Scotforth site.

LitFest Week in Lancaster

12/11/07: It's finally here - Lancaster's litfest starts on Wednesday. If you haven't planned what events you want to see then now is definitely the time - all the information is on the litfest website.

More Money for Local Groups

12/11/07: The Galbraith Trust is once again inviting applications from local voluntary and community groups for grants from the charity. The Trust was set up in 2001 from the estate of Ian Galbraith, the former city hardware store owner.

Borrowdale Johnny

5/9/07: 12th October 2007 Borrowdale Johnny 7.30pm Arnside Educational Institute, Arnside. Ticket prices: £6 adults, £4 children, £15 family (2+2).

XWA Wrestling at The Dome

5/9/07: A bumper weekend of wrestling is coming to Morecambe - with two exciting shows featuring the cream of British grappling, a huge eight-man tournament, a 70 stone tag team and a wrestler who recently won £10,000 on a hit Channel 4 game show.

Get fired up at a Charity Ball

5/9/07: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are organising a Charity Ball on Saturday 6 October 2007 at Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster to raise money for the Operation Florian (Fire Service Humanitarian Charity) , and the Fire Service Benevolent Fund.

Don’t miss the Party

5/9/07: About Theatre - a group of local actors/friends - have teamed up to stage the first ever performance in the Lancaster district of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together musical review as a tribute to their good friend Roger Bradley – with all proceeds to Melanoma Charities and the Grand Theatre p

Draft Air Quality Action Plan launched

5/9/07: Draft Air Quality Action Plan launched (Press Release, Lancaster City Council): Lancaster City Council has taken another step towards cleaning up air quality in Lancaster. On Tuesday the council’s cabinet approved an interim Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP).

Highway Code cracked: more than 40 rules changed!

6/6/07: Following a high-profile campaign from the Cyclists Touring Club, the Government has agreed to amend the Highway Code to improve cyclists' safety and to encourage drivers to take more care around vulnerable road users. In total over 40 rules have been changed to the benefit of cyclists.

Centros Miller in action

7/5/07: Report by John Freeman: We thought you might be interested in these pictures from Bury St Edmunds courtesy of Bury Free Press, where developers have ridden rough shod over local opposition and let Centros Miller redevelop the old cattle Market.

Do the Maths

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Sun, sea, sand and cycling - the order of the day in Morecambe

30/4/07: Sun, sea, sand and cycles were the order of the day in Morecambe yesterday (Sunday) when hundreds of people arrived by bike to join in the fun at the official launch of cycling on the town's promenade.

Out with the Local Plan, in with the Core Strategy

27/4/07: In line with government planning reforms, the current Lancaster Local Plan is being replaced by a Core Strategy, which will be submitted to Government on 4 May 2007 and is the Council’s overarching spatial planning strategy for the period up until 2021.

Let Your Fingers do the Recycling

27/4/07: If you want to recycle your old Yellow Pages directory, given that the recycling box collectors have rejected it, then give it to a schoolkid.

High Court strikes down planning committee "perceived impartiality" fallacy?

24/4/07: (Thanks to Max for this item): Outside and critical observers of local democracy have long had a problem with the idea that councillors on planning committees should not say or do anything which indicates support or opposition to developments.

Have your say on open space, sport and recreation facilities in Lancaster

12/4/07: Lancaster City Council has recently appointed specialist sport and leisure consultants PMP to look into how open space, sport and recreation facilities can be best used. The study is required by the Government, as laid out in current planning guidance.

Are Jet Skiers A Menace on the River Lune?

12/6/04: Local bird lovers in Lancaster are up in arms over jet ski use on the River Lune, concerned for the safety of nesting birds. Several people have also complained to Virtual-Lancaster about the noise the jet skis make and raised safety concerns.

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