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Smith Fury on Post Office 'Consultation"

1/2/08: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP has savaged the post office and the government for their handling of the latest round of unwelcome Post Office closures and called for a parliamentary debate on the plans.

Balfour Beatty Prosecuted

23/1/08: Big business is not immune from local planning enforcement. Lancaster City Council has successfully prosecuted one of the country’s largest companies for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice during work in Halton.

Lancashire Post Offices Closure Plans Announced

22/1/08: This is the full list of Lancashire Post Offices that may face closure in the latest round of cuts announced today by the so-called "People's Post Office".

John Otway back at the Platform

21/1/08: John Otway and his band will be performing at The Platform in Morecambe on Friday 8 February. John became notorious back in 1977, after an appearance on the the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test with his former partner, Wild Willy Barrett.

Council Could do More for Cycling

21/1/08: Welcoming news of new government funding for cycling, local transport expert and local councillor John Whitelegg says there are things that could easily be done to encourage more cycling in what is already a Cycling Town – but local politicians lack the will to implement them.

Speed limits unchanged one year on

21/1/08: Despite supporting the introduction of a district-wide speed limit on residential roads early last year, little seems to have been done to implement it by local politicians.

Lancaster in (Tourist) Demand

21/1/08: Lancaster City Council is preparing to launch its tourism brochures for 2008 and judging by requests made for them via its tourism website, they’re already in great demand.

Lawson's Field Update

21/1/08: The City Council’s cabinet will be voting on whether to go ahead with selling off fields at Lawson’s Bridge (view a PDF map; view an aerial photo) on Tuesday 22 January at 10.00am in Morecambe Town Hall.

Heysham Nukes Still Out of Action, Repair Costs Escalate

18/1/08: Two of of Heysham's four nuclear reactors are still out of action - and are likely to remain that way until the end of the year.

Post Office Plans Srutinised

18/1/08: The future of the district’s Post Offices will be discussed at the next meeting of Lancaster City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee at 6.00pm in Morecambe Town Hall on 30 January, and locals are invited to attend.

Ever Wanted to Keep Bees?

18/1/08: Lancaster Beekeepers are running a one day course on bee keeping next month, so if you have ever thought of owning a colony of honey bees but have been deterred by not knowing exactly what is involved, or are simply curious, then this one day course is for you!

Arts Council savaged on cuts

18/1/08: The Financial Times reported earlier this week that Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, has launched a scathing attack on Arts Council England for its handling of this year’s grant allocation, which saw almost 200 institutions have their funding withdrawn, including local arts org

Hamlet Takes Over the Castle

18/1/08: Lancaster’s ancient working castle is to make a perfect stand in for the palace of Elsinore as one of the country’s most exciting site-specific professional theatre companies prepares to present its indoor promenade production of the Bard’s famous (and most quoted) drama, Hamlet, next month.

Field of Dreams?

18/1/08: (Republished from the main VL site and this week's newsletter): The Tender Brief for the sale of the land at Lawson's Field in Scotforth was considered by the Council’s Overview Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 17 January.

Food Guide seeks local input

17/1/08: A Climate Change project is seeking food producers and businesses in North Lancashire and South Cumbria to appear in a new free guide to local food.

Stepping Stones' petition call

17/1/08: A locally-based organisation helping children in Africa is urging people to try to protect them from abuse and cruelty by signing an international petition for action to stop a monstrous modern day witch hunt.

Holocaust Remembered

16/1/08: Various events will take place in Lancaster to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust - the mass murder of Jews, gays, gypsies trade unionists and Communists by the Nazis in the last century - on 27 January.

Tourism numbers increase

16/1/08: Lancaster continues to prove appealing to overseas visitors, with the Tourist Information Centre's visitors book indicating that the historic city remains ever popular with visitors from all four corners of the globe.

Midge Ure returns to the Platform

16/1/08: One of the UK’s finest vocalists, Midge Ure, will make a welcome return to Morecambe next month. Midge will be playing at the Platform in Morecambe, on Thursday 7 February as part of his European tour, performing a solo acoustic show.

Top of the class with new gift packs

16/1/08: School children and teachers in Lancaster can now buy visiting students the ideal gift pack to remember their time in the district.

Basil of the Caribbean!

15/1/08: Everyone's favourite fox, Basil Brush will be taking to the high seas when he returns to Lancaster City Council`s Morecambe Dome on Friday 22nd February.

Morecambe's new antiques market

15/1/08: The old Alhambra building on Marine Road West Morecambe is to re open as an indoor antiques market on the 2nd of February. Morecambe Antiques is a new venture which offers individual stalls and cabinets for rent.

Dukes under pressure as funding cuts bite

15/1/08: Concerns are growing for the future of small arts organisations facing savage cut backs in funding as the government diverts funding to the 2012 Olympics. The Dukes is just one organisation under threat but many local arts groups are having a hard time.

Lancaster Library is a Lottery Winner!

15/1/08: As part of its desire to develop libraries as modern cultural hubs, Lancashire County Libraries has won a Big Lottery bid of £1.43 million - and £640,000 of this will be spent on Lancaster Library.

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.