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Spotlight's Final Gig at The YoHo

14/4/09: After 13 years, Lancaster's Spotlight Club plays its final gig at The Yorkshire House this Friday, 17th April combining its usual mix of Open Mic, Performance and Music for one last outing at the brilliant pub venue in North Road.

Council Seeks Scrutiny

14/4/09: Since 2001, Lancaster City Council has had a system has been in place to consider issues of concern to local people, known as the Overview and Scrutiny process. Now, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee wants your ideas and thoughts on areas that you think should be looked at.

Don't Dump Unwanted Pets, Pleads Local Shop Owner

5/4/09: A local shop owner has told virtual-lancaster she was heart broken to read recent news stories about pets being dumped into bottle banks.

Potential Housing Sites Report Published

3/4/09: Lancaster City Council has published its most comprehensive assessment of housing opportunities ever undertaken across the district, initially identifying over 500 potential sites but narrowing those to just over 100.

Music and Me

3/4/09: A music session for under fives and their parents/carers run in partnership by Lune Park Children's Centre and More Music, a community music organisation based in Morecambe's West End, has been launched.

Local Comics Creators Bid for Stardom!

3/4/09: Two Lancaster-based comic creators are pitching for a regular spot in a top selling British comic in a competition that will be decided by reader votes.

Citizens Advice Seeks New Volunteers

2/4/09: With the economic downturn biting, Lancaster Citizens Advice Bureau tells virtual-Lancaster seen a dramatic rise in the number of clients approaching them for advice.

Council's Street Pride Scheme Extended

31/3/09: A further 22 areas which will benefit from Lancaster City Council’s ‘Street Pride’ cleaning scheme have been named, including locations in Morecambe, Heysham and Carnforth.

Centros Protesters due for Trial

30/3/09: Four members of Lancaster United, an opposition group to Centros’s now infamous canal corridor development, will begin their defence at Westminster Magistrates court on the 8th and 9th April.

Lunecy Review Launched

28/3/09: If you're fan of local arts - theatre, writing, music, poetry, art - then check out new web site The Lunecy Review, who are keen to attract more writers for the project. The brainchild of Kev McVeigh (pictured), it's dedicated to covering the arts in the Lancaster and South Lakes areas.

Local Girl Wins national 'Bike It' Prize

27/3/09: Amaranta Williams, a pupil from Dallas Road Primary School, recently beat pupils from other Sustrans Bike It schools across the North with her colourful bike flag design and won a brand new Islabike.

Amnesty's Good Friday Gig

27/3/09: The Lancaster Group of Amnesty International are hosting a fundraising gig at The Gregson on Good Friday (10th April) with an eclectic mix of local talent, including Al Baker The Dole Queue, the 'astoundingly good' post-rock band from Kirkby Lonsdale The Dark Con of Man, acoustic guitaris

Local MEP delighted by vistory for Valencian land grab victims

27/3/09: The European Parliament's adoption of a highly critical report into so-called 'Valencian land grabs' will send a powerful signal to the Spanish authorities to end this scandal, feels local MEP Sir Robert Atkins, Conservative petitions spokesman in Strasbourg.

Lancaster City Council and Centros Issue Statement on Canal Corridor

27/3/09: Lancaster City Council and developer Centros have issued the following statement regarding the proposed Canal Corridor development, which we publish here in full: Lancaster City Council will take a leading role at the inquiry to promote the development of the Canal Corridor North.

Cycling Activities for Youngsters at Lancaster City Museum

23/3/09: Lancaster City Council’s Cycling Demonstration Town Team is offering free cycling activities for children as part of the ‘Get on Yer Bike’ exhibition at Lancaster City Museum.

Conservatives Cry Foul on Council Tax

18/3/09: Local Conservatives have hit out at changes in the Council Tax which they say are unfair to the area's rural households.

Mumps Outbreak at Lancaster University

18/3/09: Students at Lancaster University are being offered MMR vaccine after an outbreak of mumps. Eight clinical cases of mumps have been reported in the university’s student population within the last week.

Pets Dumped in Local Bottle Banks

18/3/09: Locals are being urged to check their nearby bottle and recycling banks before they dispose of their empties - because there could be more inside them than reusables.

Students Sports Support for Local Youngsters

18/3/09: Students from the University of Cumbria have been putting on free sports coaching sessions for local youngsters on the Lancaster (St. Martins) campus.

Half Term Holidays: No Time to Be Bored!

18/3/09: Lancaster City Council is offering a variety of activities during the April and May school holidays (Monday, April 6 – Friday April 17, excluding the bank holiday weekend) and (Tuesday May 26 – Friday May 29) for children aged between 4 and 16 years old.

Centros does the chicken run

17/3/09: Local Greens say they are "unsurprised" by the announcement from developer Centros that it will not appear in an independent public inquiry to address the soundness of its proposals for Lancaster's canal corridor (see news story).

Canal Corridor: Alternative Scheme Revealed

13/3/09: SAVE’s scheme for Lancaster's Canal Corridor site, drawn by Richard Griffiths Architects After news that developer Centros has pulled out of the forthcoming Public Inquiry into its controversial Canal Corridor scheme for Lancaster (see news story), campaign group SAVE Britain’s Heritage has

Post Office Privatisation: The Case Crumbles, says MP

13/3/09: Local MP Geraldine Smith challenged Prime Minister on government plans to privatise the Post Office this week, arguing the case for the scheme was "crumbling".

Centros pulls out of Canal Corridor Planning Inquiry

12/3/09: Developers Centros have announced they will not appear at the forthcoming public inquiry into the proposed Canal Corridor development scheme, leaving an already financially troubled City Council to stump up funds and defend the plans it has approved.

Over 60s dive in for free swimming

11/3/09: Local public swimming pools will open their doors free of charge to people aged 60 and over from 1st April as part of the Government’s Swim4life initiative.

Guardian, Visitor Owners Continued Financial Woes

11/3/09: With a staff freeze already in place at both the Lancaster Guardian and the Morecambe Visitor, there was more bad news for the local newspapers owner Johnston Press today when it announced a year-on-year drop in advertising revenue of more than 35% in the first months of 2009 as overall revenue fell

'Holiday at Home' for British Tourism Week 2009

9/3/09: A 'Taste of Lancashire Food' at Lancaster Tourist Information Centre. Photo via: www.britishtourismweek.com Staff at Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres are inviting customers to call in and help them celebrate British Tourism Week (March 23 to 29).

Centros Scheme: Objections Deadline Looms

6/3/09: (Updated 8/3/09): The deadline to submit objections to the proposed Centros development for Lancaster's Canal Corridor is Monday 9th March.

Dome, Citizens Advice and Toilets Gain Cuts Reprieve

6/3/09: Lancaster City Council set its revenue budget for 2009/10 this week, with a Full Council Meeting reversing an earlier decision to close Morecambe Dome, keeping open all but two public toilets that had been ear marked for closure and removing the proposed £20,000 cut to Lancaster and Morecambe Citize

Heysham Wind Turbine Plans Revealed

4/3/09: Lancaster City Council has received a planning application to erect two wind turbines and ancillary equipment on land to the north of the existing BT Radio Station mast at Fanny House Farm, Heysham. It is now seeking comment on the plans from the public.

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