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Lancaster group condemns Council for 'lack of basic planning' in 'Garden Village' super-estate proposals

Bailrigg Garden Village proposed sites (click to enlarge)
18/8/17: New local campaign group CLOUD hosted a packed public meeting at the Boot & Shoe on Wednesday to discuss Lancaster City Council's 'Bailrigg Garden Village' proposals - a plan to build a super-estate of 3,500 - 5,000 new homes on greenfield sites from Scotforth and Hala to Galgate.

Lancashire awards new Digital Post Mortem Service Contract at RPH

Digital post mortem screen array, by iGene
18/8/17: A new digital post-mortem service has been agreed for Lancashire, which is the first of its kind in the north west. The new service contract between Lancs County Council, the Lancs Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and iGene Ltd will lead to less invasive autopsies than the traditional method.

'Morecambe by Air' - Morecambe BID launches new aerial video

Aerial View of Morecambe Promenade July 2017 - Colin Aldred
16/8/17: Morecambe Business Improvement District (BID) recently commissioned Colin Aldred, of Aerial Artwork, to overfly Morecambe and shoot aerial video and photography. The results, to say the least, are stunning as it shows Morecambe in a brilliant new light.

Art a la Carte - 13th August 2017

Creative writers giving an interview
13/8/17: An Interview with Naomi Kruger and Yvonne Battle-Felton, creators of 'Stories at the Storey' and a listing of some of the exciting art events taking place within our vibrant region.

4 Free new courses for women preparing to set up their own business

Sowing Club poster
11/8/17: The Growing Club has received funding to run 4 pre-start-up business courses for women in Lancaster and Morecambe who are at a social disadvantage and who would like to consider the option of becoming self-employed. The first will start at Cornerstone in Lancaster on September 15.

Dukes exhibition Connecting Dementia And Art

One of the artworks on show at Making Connections Through Contemporary Art
11/8/17: A showcase of artworks by people living with dementia is on exhibition from Monday 14 August until Saturday 9 September at The Dukes gallery in Lancaster. It coincides with The Dukes pioneering three-year programme to improve access to the arts for people with dementia – A Life More Ordinary.

Memorial appeal after Lancaster schoolboy, 12, dies after fatal fall in disused building

Leon Hoyle, 12, suffered a fatal fall at a disused building in Lancaster
9/8/17: Marsh Community Centre is organising an appeal following the tragic death of 12-year-old schoolboy Leon Hoyle, who suffered a fatal fall at the Lune industrial estate on Monday. They are aiming to fundraise £2,000. £1,000 for a memorial bench and £1,000 to go towards funeral costs for the family.

County Council offers funding to support work in local communities

7/8/17: Lancashire County Council is encouraging groups from the voluntary, community and faith sector to apply for a grant to support their work.

Conservative Councillor blames Labour for lack of flood assistance measures

Flooding on Caton Road, Lancaster UK. 19 July 2017
5/8/17: City By-election news: Conservative Cllr Charlie Edwards has called Lancaster's Labour-run City Council's efforts to assist businesses & residents in recent floods 'a complete failure'.

Dallas Road Closures Postponed until 14 August

Temporary Road Closure
4/8/17: Dallas Road roadworks have been postponed due to heavy rainfall and flooding. Minor works are to recommence early next week but the road closure will not start until Monday 14 August whilst planing and resurfacing work are carried out.

Powderhouse Lane housebuilding proposal withdrawn after public opposition

The controversial plot of land
3/8/17: Controversial plans for 51 new homes on recreational land next to the Vale of Lune Rugby Club have been withdrawn in the face of widespread opposition. The plans for a piece of land also bordered by the Torrisholme, Westgate and Bare cricket grounds had sparked scores of objections from residents.

Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge Refurb Gets Go Ahead

Greyhound Bridge, Lancaster. Photo by Humphrey Bolton
2/8/17: Lancashire County Council has secured £3.7m from the Department for Transport to refurbish Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge. The bridge repair work will begin in January 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in June, taking around 23 weeks.

Make My Day Festival Coming to Morecambe

Make My Day! Festival poster
28/7/17: Make My Day! is a FREE festival jam-packed with creative activities in the West End Gardens on Morecambe’s beautiful promenade, on Sunday 6 August from 12noon ’til 5pm.

County Council 'considers action' against Cuadrilla traffic plan breech. But can it cope while its Leader is under police investigation?

Truck surfing protester delays Cuadrilla fracking equipment for third day at Preston New Road
28/7/17: Cuadrilla committed a serious breech of their Traffic Management Plan yesterday, with the help of police, who are alleged to have claimed they had Council consent. Lancs County Council have denied consenting and are 'considering action'.

Skerton Labour selects Jean Parr for by-election candidate

Jean Parr
27/7/17: A mum of two has been chosen by the Skerton Labour Party to fight the upcoming Skerton West by-election on Thursday 7 September. Jean Parr (65), of Birkdale Close, is bidding to hold the seat for Labour and help the party to maintain its small majority on Lancaster City Council.

Police appeal after service station carjackings

A black Volkswagon Polo similar to the stolen car
27/7/17: Police are appealing for witnesses after two incidents at service stations in Forton & Carnforth. In both incidents a man got into a car being parked by a woman driver.

Art a la Carte - 26 July 2017

Paintings from previous exhibitions
26/7/17: Here's a list of some of the exciting art events taking place within our vibrant region.

Lancaster Samaritans want you to Shush! and Listen

Lancaster Samaritans premises at 21 Sun Street
25/7/17: Every six seconds, someone in the UK and Ireland contacts Samaritans, and every 90 minutes in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, someone takes their own life. Samaritans are encouraging people people to improve their listening skills by following these simple SHUSH! listening tips.

Plans underway for £1m boost to Lancashire's buses

Axed Bus Montage. Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet)
25/7/17: Lancashire County Council will this week take a major step towards improving the county's bus network, with councillors due to meet to discuss where investment is most needed.

Paul Woodruff leaves Lancaster City Council

Paul Woodruff
24/7/17: Councillor Paul Woodruff has resigned as a member of Lancaster City Council.

Lancaster Uni graduates first ever doctors with a Lancaster medical degree

Lancaster Medical School Class of 2017
21/7/17: The CEO of Health Education England, Prof Ian Cumming, has congratulated Lancaster Medical School on becoming fully accredited by the GMC. 41 medical graduates have gained a Lancaster medical degree this year. In previous years 266 Lancaster-trained doctors graduated with a Liverpool degree.

Lancaster City Council takes action after flash floods

Flooding on Caton Road, Lancaster UK. 19 July 2017
21/7/17: Lancaster City Council officers have been working hard to clear debris and help businesses affected by Wednesday’s flash floods.They undertook a clean-up operation early Thursday morning and removed damaged carpets and fittings for affected properties in Stonewell. More resilience measures planned.

Make a Pledge to the Sea for National Marine Week

Shoresearchers find a crab
21/7/17: National Marine Week runs from Saturday 29 July to Sunday 13 August (yes that's a fortnight). Lancs Wildlife Trust will be celebrating it with local events about the Irish Sea and the amazing wildlife round our coast.

Torrential rain lifts the tarmac in Lancaster

Flash-flooding at Stonewell in Lancaster on 19 July 2017
20/7/17: Torrential rain hit Lancaster yesterday and left a right mess in its wake as floodwater gushed down streets, lifting tarmac and manhole covers and inundating Stonewell. Parts of Willow Lane, St George's Quay, Caton Road and Torrisholme Road were also flooded. But when the going gets tough....

Apoth-A-Kids invites families for free school holiday lunchtime meals and activities

Apoth-A-Kids school holiday lunchtime activities programme
20/7/17: As the summer holidays quickly approach us, the Apothecary Bar & Lounge would like to invite you and your family to join them for a free lunch and a schedule of family-friendly activities from 12-2pm on weekdays from 24 July - 1 September.

Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce choose LDHAS for Charity Of The Year

Lancaster & District Homeless Action Centre
18/7/17: Each year Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce chooses a charity to support as their Chamber Of The Year. This year the chosen charity is Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service Ltd. (LDHAS).

Lancaster City Councillor's resignation means by-election for Skerton West

Karen Leytham
14/7/17: Councillor Karen Leytham has resigned as a member of Lancaster City Council, citing personal reasons. The vacancy in the Skerton West ward will be filled by a by-election on a date to be announced in due course.

'Local' Lancaster Writers Wanted: Words Aloud at Lancaster Fun Palace

5/7/17: Exciting opportunity for Lancaster writers. Lancaster Fun Palace are seeking written pieces of up to 15 minutes long to be performed at The Dukes in October.

Storey G2 launches new ownership-mapping LANDED project

Storey G2 is exploring landownership
30/6/17: Storey G2 is launching a pilot for a project to produce artists’ cadastral maps (maps of landownership) showing current and historical landownership of a rural area of north Lancashire, and revealing change over time.It follows on from their previous work on "Landed (Freeman's Wood)".

Dukes celebrates 30 years Of Park Theatre with Treasure Island

The Dukes production of Treasure Island in Williamson Park
29/6/17: The Dukes will celebrate three decades of promenading in the park with a visit to Treasure Island that begins next Tuesday 4 July and runs until 12 August.

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