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Lancaster's Draft Local Housing Plans based on 2015 forecast of big increases in international immigration. Consultation ends tomorrow

Lancaster District Draft  Strategic Policies & Land Allocations Map

Lancaster City Council's consultation period for the Local Plan on land allocation for development ends tomorrow, Friday 24 March.

Tragic Death of Boy, 11, in Fatal House Fire in Lancaster

Cem Bora, 11, was tragically found dead in a fatal Lancaster house fire

An 11-year-old boy was sadly found dead by firefighters attending a house fire in Coniston Road, Lancaster, on Sunday.

The Dukes Seeks New Board Members

Poster of a Dukes Production

Lancaster's award-winning Dukes theatre needs new trustees to help plan its future. The Dukes is managed by a voluntary, unpaid Board of Directors and there are currently three vacancies.

Be your own boss: free and discounted pitches at your local markets

Traders at the Assembly Rooms Market

Ever fancied running your own business but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you have a small business and want to bring it to your local high street. Lancaster & Morecambe Markets and the Assembly Rooms are offering free and discounted rates for pitches and stalls.

OMG! Jeremy Corbyn's at the Front Door!

Jeremy Corbyn and Cat Smith MP

I just nearly had a heart attack. I answered the doorbell and Jeremy Corbyn and Cat Smith were standing there asking me if I was going to vote Labour at the County Council election.

Stranger Illegally Mishandles Schoolboy on Lancaster Canal Towpath

Lancaster Police are appealing for information after a man approached a schoolboy (11) and mishandled him in an illegally invasive manner in Hest Bank on Tuesday afternoon, 14 March. The boy was cycling along the Lancaster Canal towpath when he was approached by man who stopped him to talk.

Shared Lives Carers - 'Family' Homes for Adults Needing Social Care

Lancashire Shared Lives Family

Lancashire County Council is asking people if they could offer a ‘family’ home to an adult living with a disability, who isn't able to live independently. Shared Lives carers work from home to provide short term respite or long term live in arrangements for adults who have social care needs.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 15th to 23rd March 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Our final Local Cinema Round-up by Peter Clarke, for 20 - 23 March 2017, has reviews of three new films coming to Lancaster this week. Plus; a round-up of other films still screening, to help you plan that date. Thank you, Peter, you star! Coming Soon: News about the Lancaster Arts Scene...

Lancaster Music Festival: 'Help us pick the best performance applicants!'

Lancaster Music Festival - 2017 Venues

Lancaster Music Festival are opening up to the public their sessions reviewing the hundreds of acts who have recorded applications to perform at this year's festival in mid-October. The next one will be on Monday 20 March at 7pm in the Gregson upstairs cinema.

Ordeal for Boy, 15, Trapped in Morecambe Bay Mud

Coastguard teams rescuing boy, 15, trapped in Morecambe Bay mud

A 15 year old boy out walking with relatives on Morecambe Bay sands became trapped in mud and quicksand just a few hundred yards from the shore at about 2pm on Saturday afternoon. Unable to free him, a relative summoned the Coastguard Rescue Agency and their teams sped by hovercraft to save him.

Lancashire Police Catch One of Poland's 'Most Wanted' at Heysham Port

Marian Dorobek

Lancashire Police were praised and thanked by the Polish Government this week when a convicted paedophile and rapist was handed over to the Polish authorities to be returned to Poland to serve his sentence. Police intercepted Marian Dorobek, 68, as he disembarked from a Ferry at Heysham Port.

Police appeal after pedestrian injured in Lancaster Hit and Run

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car collided with a pedestrian in Lancaster last month.

Lancaster Comics Day brings Roy of the Rovers to Town!

Lancaster Comics Day 2017 - Art by Nick Miller

10.03.17 This year's Lancaster Comics Day will be bringing some "Roy of the Rovers" moments to Lancaster in June, when special comic guests artist David Sque and writer and editor Barrie Tomlinson recall their time working on Britain's best-loved and most iconic comic football h

77 drivers handed new penalties for using a phone behind the wheel

Police in action against drivers using mobile phones in Blackpool. Image: Lancashire Constabulary

10.03.17 A total of 77 drivers were stopped and handed tough new penalties across Lancashire, as part of a week of action to catch motorists using mobile phones behind the wheel.

Watch out for Galloway's Blindfold Race & Fun Run this Sunday

Eric Morecambe silhouette, blindfold

10.03.17 Can you run 5k? OK. Now, can you do it blindfold? With the help of a friend, you just might. Find out at Galloway's 5k Blindfold Race & 1 mile Fun Run at 11am on Morecambe Prom this Sunday.

Bus Campaigners Celebrate Launch of New Bus Service

Celebrating the launch of the new No. 18 bus route in Lancaster

10.03.17 Members of Lancaster Bus Users’ Group joined with Stagecoach and local city and county councillors to celebrate the launch of the new No.18 'East City Circulator' bus service last Monday.

Dukes Pioneering Activities for 'A Life More Ordinary' with Dementia

Story Circle sessions will continue throughout 2017

09.03.17 If you or a person you care for is living with dementia, The Dukes' have put their talents to good use for you. Their Spring series of friendly events for people with dementia, their family & friends might be just up your alley, with movies, storytelling, dancing & talks.

Local Cinema Round-up for the 8th to 16th March 2017

Virtual-Lancaster's weekly round up of local cinema screenings. We enter a period of change as five new releases make it to the local cinema, at the cost of eight movies being dropped. Read on for all the local cinema news and reviews.

Dukes: Josie Long Explores Activism in 'Something Better'

Josie Long seeks Something Better

Stand up comedian Josie Long has been busy interviewing activists about what they do and why. Her new show at the Dukes on 14 March - 'Something Better' - is all about optimism and hopefulness, about looking for people and finding things to look up to, and wanting more from life.

Fair Trade Exhibition Explores Lancaster's Slaving History

'Captured Africans' slave trade memorial on St George's Quay, Lancaster

The FIG Tree slave trade / Fair Trade Interactive Exhibition will be on display in the Storey until 31 March. It explores Lancaster’s role as Britain’s 4th largest slave trade port in the c18, the Lancaster merchants and traders involved, the abolitionists, and local Fairtrade initiatives.

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