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Changes to city council services and facilities this Christmas

10/12/18: There will be a number of changes to the availability of City Council services and facilities this Christmas.

Planning Inspector criticises Lancaster city council and postpones start of inquiry into the Lancaster Local Plan

Proposed area of growth for Bailrigg Garden Village
6/12/18: The Planning Inquiry Hearings for the Lancaster Local Plan, due to start on 8 January 2019, have been postponed by the Planning Inspector, Richard McCoy. This is because Lancaster City Council failed to deliver evidence on time and attempted to amend the Local Plan that was submitted in May.

Morecambe sparkles after Christmas lights switch on

Morecambe BID’s EDF Morecambe Sparkle switch on - Santa
4/12/18: The sparkle came back to Morecambe last Saturday with the Morecambe BID’s EDF Morecambe Sparkle switch on. New Town Square was packed for the second year running.

County Council votes through £77m cuts package without debate, after chaotic meeting suspended

Geoff Driver
4/12/18: Yesterday's Lancashire County Council Cabinet meeting saw the Geoff Driver, Conservative Leader of the Council, fully supported by his Cabinet suspend proceedings, walk out and then return, moving to vote through £77 million of cuts without any further debate.

Lancaster Woodcraft Folk want volunteers

Lancaster Woodcraft Folk
10/11/18: Our 5–8-year-olds: have fun, sing songs, play games and explore activities that help their self-confidence in building a world based on equality, friendship, peace and co-operation.

Fury as Lancashire Street Light Maintenance Cut by 50%

Street Lighting
8/11/18: Lancashire County Council have now cut the routine maintenance and testing cycle of Street Lighting by 50 per cent right across Lancashire, to the dismay of Lancaster's Labour councillors. The council has also decided to stop all night time inspections of Street Lighting

Council meets to discuss future of Musician's Coop

Musicians Co-op
6/11/18: Lancaster City Council will meet next Wednesday (14th November 2018) at Morecambe Town Hall to discuss the future of the Musician's Co-op, which is facing eviction from its current premises after 33 years serving the community - an action that has prompted fierce protest, with an online petitio

Tribute paid to former city councillor Evelyn Archer

5/11/18: There have been many tributes to former city councillor Evelyn Archer, after news broke that she had passed away on Sunday, aged 78.

New comic exhibition opens at The Dukes

The team behind the new comics exhibition at The Dukes
2/11/18: An award- winning comics project helping young people to improve their literacy is being celebrated with an exhibition in Lancaster - and will then go on tour around Lancashire.

Michael Portillo to share his story live in Morecambe

Michael Portillo
2/11/18: Former Conservative Party MP Michael Portillo will present “Life: A Game of Two Halves” live at The Platform in Morecambe on Monday 12th November.

Virtual-Lancaster Restored

22/10/18: We're sorry the site has been down for a while.

Top cartoonist Hunt Emerson's work exhibited in Kendal

Art by Hunt Emerson
21/9/18: Birmingham-based cartoonist Hunt Emerson has drawn cartoons and comic strips since the early 1970s and his work is the focus of an exhibition in Kendal right now until the beginning of November, as part of this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Upbeat Beatles return to Morecambe

The Upbeat Beatles
21/9/18: The Upbeat Beatles will be returning to the Platform, Morecambe once again for another night of Beatles hits on Friday 5th October 2018.

Free Fun At The Palace

Craft activities taking place at the 2017 Lancaster Fun Palace
21/9/18: Lancaster Fun Palace opens its door again this October for a right royal weekend of free activities for all ages.

Lancaster Labour Opposes County Land Grab

Barton Road 2018 Fence Plans
11/9/18: Local Labour city and county councillors, as well as Lancaster’s MP have reacted angrily to Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) plans to stop the public from being able to use the Barton Road Playing Fields, a proposal that's provoked a storm of protest.

Lakes International Comic Art Festival back next month - a quick guide

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018
11/9/18: A world of comic art will be arriving in Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, 12–14th October, 2018. What can you expect from this year's Cumbria comics extravaganza?

A New Lease of Life for Two Lancaster-Based Artists

Preoccupations exhibition poster
1/9/18: A new art space in King Street, Lancaster, is to host an innovative exhibition by two of its resident artists. Entitled ‘Preoccupations’, the exhibition will showcase drawing, painting, sculpture and film by local artists Laura van Tatenhove and Debbie Yare.

Family Fun in the Mall just part of comics events planned for all ages at this year's Festival

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2018 Family Zone
23/8/18: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal has some big plans for family fun at this year's weekend-long celebration of all things comic related in October, working hand in hand with the team at Westmorland Shopping Centre to deliver some full-on creative craziness.

The Dukes breaks box office cinema records

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
26/7/18: Lancaster’s awardwinning Dukes cinema is celebrating its busiest ever year. The independent cinema has seen 42,000 people through the doors in the past year and 700 screenings.

Greens object to Chancellor’s Wharf footpath closures

24/7/18: Green councillors are objecting to a planning application made by Lancaster University to install security gates, walls, a hedge and signage - all to discourage members of the public from using the footpaths across Chancellor’s Wharf.

Working Together to Tackle Flood Risk

20/7/18: South Lancaster Flood Group formed after the November Flooding. On the 16th July the Group walked along Burrow Beck from the Lancaster Leisure Park to the A6 with the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Counci.

Batala Lancaster all Fired up for Fringe Festival

Batala Lancaster at Manchester Carnival
7/7/18: Local band gains sought-after slot to play at Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

County Conservatives Train Response Delayed!

A Northern Rail train. They do exist.
7/6/18: As Lancashire’s train commuters faced a third week of misery and chaos on the trains, Cllr Driver (Leader of Lancashire County Council) finally, on Tuesday, released a tweet on the failings of Northern Rail. There wasn’t even a link to a full statement.

Have your say on on Lancaster's Canal Quarter principles

Artist's impression of the proposed Canal Quarter development, as seen from Moor Lane
24/5/18: Lancaster City Council is asking for the views of residents, businesses and organisations on a set of principles that will guide the future development of the Canal Quarter project.

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.


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