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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.

Labour Group Has Own Budget Plans for Council

3/3/09: Lancaster City Council’s Labour Group has revealed it is making a last minute attempt to set a budget that it says will be fair to the whole district and which it hopes will heal the Morecambe-Lancaster divide that has emerged in current debates.

Sainsbury's Plans for Morecambe Football Club Revealed

27/2/09: Sainsbury’s has revealed its plans for its new store at Christie Park, home of Morecambe FC, following a three-day consultation event.

Toilet Closures "Inconvenient", say Conservatives

27/2/09: Carnforth ccouncillor Tony Johnson has condemned proposals by the Council to close rural toilets.

Green Leader to visit Lancaster

27/2/09: Green Party Leader and MEP for the South East Caroline Lucas will speak at a meeting in Lancaster in March just prior to the Green Party spring conference in Blackpool. The meeting titled - Future Bleak or Future Green?

City Council Faced Bankruptcy, Says Barry

27/2/09: The government and the national media are crowing about the "good news" regarding low council tax rises -- expected to average at around 3% across the UK as a whole.

Citizens' Advice Vital Role Threatened by Council Cuts

26/2/09: Supporters of Lancaster and Morecambe Citizens' Advice Bureaux, which are facing a £20,000 reduction in their budget, are asking for help to stop the cuts.

Toilet Closure "Called In"

25/2/09: Lancaster City Council's unpopular plan to close 13 pubic toilets and offer a ‘Community Toilet’ scheme instead has been "called in" by the council's monitoring group, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Local Card Firm to Expand

25/2/09: Lancaster-based G-T-P Group Ltd, which offers a range of card issuing and transaction services, has been presented with an £185,000 Grants for Business Investment Award from the Northwest Regional Development Agency, to grow within the financial services sector, creating 25 jobs.

New Nuke Build? Your Views Wanted - But Tell Us Who You Are First

25/2/09: (Updated 25/2/08 after comment from the power station on 'advance booking' concerns): Residents around Heysham Nuclear Power Station are being offered the chance to hear first hand about plans to nominate land next to the site for new nuclear build -- even though such plans were dismissed

Library Building Work Announced

24/2/09: Lancaster Central Library and has announced that both the main and junior libraries will be closed from 1.00pm on Wednesday 11th March for some exploratory building work, tied in with the Lottery funded refurbishment due this year.

Don't Close Anchor Lane, say Greens

24/2/09: Lancaster City Council has received a planning application to install glass doors at either end of Anchor Lane, which links Lancaster Market Square with Church Street so that these doors can be locked shut when the cinema is not open.

Council Cuts Services, More to Come?

24/2/09: (Updated 27/2/09, redundancy cost figure corrected): Public toilets, The Dukes, Salt Ayre Leisure Centre and Citizens Advice all face massive cuts in their budget as Lancaster City Council struggles to balance its finances to keep the council tax down and find £1.7 million of savings from its budget

Lancaster community say 'No!' to plastic

23/2/09: Lancastrians of any religion or none are giving up buying plastic for Lent (25 February - 11 April).

Cash up for Grabs for Cycling Projects

18/2/09: Got an idea that will help boost cycling in the Lancaster and Morecambe District? If so, Lancaster City Council's Cycling Demonstration Town Team wants to hear from you.

Watch out for the Vegetable Nannies!

17/2/09: The Dukes and Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre are celebrating the launch of ‘A Night Less Ordinary', a new national scheme that’s allowing the two theatre venues to team up and offer thousands of free tickets to local young people under the age of 26.

Experimental drawing showcased at Uni

17/2/09: Artwork by student Claire-Louise Nutbrown in the University of Cumbria exhibition. Trainee art teachers from the University of Cumbria will be exhibiting their experimental and innovative drawings in the Lancaster Campus's Alexandra Gallery from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 February to 26 February.

Comic Fans Gather...

16/2/09: Lancaster's comics fans gather at the Gregson this week, for an event organised by Lancaster's First Age Comics, which is based in the Assembly Rooms in King Street. The Uncanny League Of Astonishing Amazers will kick off at 8.00pm on Wednesday (18 Frebruary) at the Gregson in Moor Lane.

More Public Toilets to Go

16/2/09: With Lancaster City Council facing perhaps its worst financial crisis in years as it seeks savings of some £1.7 million, cut backs to services are under discussion this week that include the closure of over 10 public toilets.

Sainsbury's Showcases New Store Plans

13/2/09: Sainsbury’s will be holding a public exhibition to showcase its plans for a new store at Christie Park, Morecambe and ask for feedback from the community before submitting a planning application.

Virtual-Lancaster Down but Not Out

12/2/09: The main is currently offline. Our hard working and fab technical team is busy shifting the sites to a better server and we fully expect to be back up and running later today, Thursday 12 February .

MP Savages Government Plans for Post Office

12/2/09: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP Geraldine Smith joined other MPs in a heated debate on the future of the Royal Mail in Parliament yesterday, roundly condemning the Government's handling of the Post Office and continuing her strident opposition to its part privatisation.

Virtual-Lancaster Plugged on Diversity FM

11/2/09: virtual-lancaster contributor John Freeman was interviewed on Lancaster's Diversity FM this morning, the show repeated at 6.00pm tonight (Wednesday 11 February).

Four Stars for the Midland

11/2/09: Morecambe's art-deco Midland Hotel has just been accredited as a four star hotel, following a review by Visit Britain, who award four star statuses to hotels which have an 'excellent standard throughout'.

Carnival of Culture Returns

10/2/09: The Carnival of Culture is to return, with a meeting this Wednesday (10 February) at 7.30 pm in The Park Hotel pub, to discuss ideas about organising events to raise awareness about the public inquiry and explore alternatives to Centros' proposed development for Lancaster in a fun and creative

Questions Continue Over Centros Development

10/2/09: (Updated 18/2/09): Local development campaign group It's Our City has urged caution over to reports that the future of the £150 million Canal Corridor development for Lancaster proposed by developers Centros may be in doubt (see news story) "The headline in last week's Lancaster Guar

One Show Spot for Lancaster Library

10/2/09: Lancaster Library, which has been challenging the traditional image of libraries for some time with its innovative outreach work such as music events, was featured on the BBC's The One Show last night.

Uni Seeks Marketing Partner

9/2/09: Lancaster University has begun a search for a creative agency to to market its Management School, setting aside a budget of £300,000 to appoint an agency partner.Duties for the successful firm will revolve around developing and executing “an integrated marketing communications and brand strategy” th


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