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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.

New 582 Bus Service for Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington.

Kirkby Lonsdale Bus running through snowy weather
2/3/18: A new bus service starting next week will restore regular public transport to a number of villages north of Lancaster. Investment by Lancashire County Council to improve rural links has resulted in a new daytime service for Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington.

The City Council Budget: Left & Right perspectives

Lancaster City Council logo
2/3/18: Lancaster City Council has approved its budget for the coming year. The two main parties on the council, Conservative and Labour, have sent us their comments about it and here is what they had to say.

Local legal eagles back CancerCare as Charity of the Year

Wright & Lord Charity of the Year cheque presentation
2/3/18: Local solicitors Wright & Lord have named CancerCare North Lancashire and South Cumbria its ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018, as members of staff have been affected by cancer and some have used CancerCare’s services.

Working Class Oral History Archive seeks participants for new film

Wesleyan Sunday School Centenary 1906 - Market Square Lancaster
2/3/18: People from Lancaster are invited to be part of a documentary film comparing life now with that of their ancestors 100 years ago.

New Social Justice book includes 'LANDED (Freeman's Wood) Project

They hang the man and flog the woman that steals the goose from off the common, but let the greater villain loose, that steals the common from the goose.
2/3/18: A new book includes a chapter on StoreyG2’s “LANDED (Freeman's Wood)” project. The book, entitled "Contested Property Claims : What Disagreement Tell Us about Ownership", is part of a series on Social Justice.

Climate change expert speaks out against fracking at PNR

Climate Change expert John Ashton speaks out against fracking
2/3/18: During this week's ‘Green Monday’ event at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site, local residents and campaigners opposed to fracking were joined by John Ashton CBE, the former Special Representative for Climate Change at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Lancaster City Council approves its 2018/19 budget

Lancaster City Council logo
1/3/18: Lancaster City Council has set its budget for 2018/19, with a focus on a wide-ranging programme of investment to ensure the district thrives as a vibrant regional centre, while battling continued central government funding cuts.

County Council battling severe weather to keep vital services running

Snow covered branch
1/3/18: Lancashire County Council is working hard to keep traffic moving, and ensure vital support is delivered to the most vulnerable, in spite of the severe weather which is particularly affecting the east of the county.

Check on vulnerable and plan your travel during big freeze

Snow covered branch
26/2/18: Lancashire County Council is asking people to check on vulnerable members of their community as the county prepares to deal with a spell of freezing temperatures and severe weather.

Remembering a little-known wartime story in a new way

The Troth - Usne Kaha Tha
25/2/18: Evocative music, powerful dance and new silent film footage combine at The Dukes on 16 March, marking the centenary of World War 1. The Troth reveals the contribution and human cost of Indian soldiers in the allied war effort. It is based on the iconic Hindi short story - Usne Kaha Tha.

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