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Centros Canal Corridor Plans In doubt?

6/2/09: (Updated18/2/09): The Lancaster Guardian reports that the future of the £150 million scheme to transform Lancaster's shopping centre has been thrown into doubt after developers Centros would not confirm whether it would be represented at a planning inquiry - but campaigners against the scheme a

Have You Found Our Cat?

6/2/09: Mysterious 'lost cat' posters are appearing round Lancaster town centre as part of a unique storytelling project organised by Lancaster LitFest.

Sabbat Run Extended at Dukes after Sell Out Success

6/2/09: Lancaster's Dukes Theatre has added an extra week of performances to the run of its Lancashire Witch play, Sabbat. This unprecedented step has been taken due to more people booking tickets for the production than any other in recent memory.

Opposite of Robot Gig at the YoHo

6/2/09: There's a great line-up to Opposite of Robot #10, which takes place at Lancaster's Yorkshire House later this month.

Leader Gone but Council Budget Woes Remain

6/2/09: Following the resignation of Roger Mace, the Conservative leader of Lancaster City Council after failing to come up with a budget (see news story and statement), other political groups on the cabinet now have to come up with a budget before the cabinet meeting on 17th February.

North West firms urged to sign up for government contracts

6/2/09: Small companies in the Lancaster and Morecambe area are being encouraged to sign up to the government's business website to take advantage of thousands of public sector contracts -- and a meeting in Manchester has been set up to help develop business tendering skills in March.

Council Tax Rise Set at 4%

6/2/09: Lancaster City Council has set its increase in Council Tax for 2009/10 at 4% -- but there are warnings of more service cuts ahead to achieve it.

Job Cuts at Guardian, Visitor?

5/2/09: Johnston Press is to move the Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor's sub-editing and picture desk to Blackpool, after halving the numbers needed. We also understand there is a freeze on replacing reporters who have left in the last 12 months at both papers.

Singing out "Over the Sands"

5/2/09: Tomorrow, Friday 6 February, sees the third annual “Over the Sands” event at the Central Methodist Church, Morecambe.

Roger Mace: Full Statement

5/2/09: Councillor Roger Mace, who resigned as Leader of Lancaster City Council yesterday, has issued the following statement regarding his reasons and his view of the state of the Council's Cabinet body, and warning of the potential of both more cuts to Council services and a large rise in council tax

Bryning new Council Leader after Mace Quits

4/2/09: (Updated with corrections, comment from Jon Barry, 5/2/09): Labour councillor Abbott Bryning is the new leader of Lancaster City Council after Councillor Roger Mace resigned the position during today's full Council Meeting.

Masters of the House Event cancelled

4/2/09: Lancaster City Council has announced the Masters of the House Sing the Musicals show which was due to take place at The Platform in Morecambe on 7th March has unfortunately been cancelled.

Drink Can Spoil Romance, Health Chiefs Warn

4/2/09: Don’t let drink spoil the romance of Valentines Day. That's the urgent message the Health Protection Agency (HPA) North West wants to get across in the run up to 14th February, urging young people not to let drink spoil the romance of the day.

Help Gaza Relief Efforts

1/2/09: Do you want to do something practical and concrete in response to recent events in Gaza? Then help fill a van that will be leaving Lancaster on 12th February to travel overland to Egypt!

The Cartoon History of Arnside...

30/1/09: Arnside Educational Institute will be one stop on a tour of The Cartoon History of Here in April, a live-action cartoon created by Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian, Ian McMillan and several times Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband.

Taxi driver's licensing appeal rejected

30/1/09: Magistrates have upheld a decision by Lancaster City Council’s Licensing Regulatory Committee to revoke a taxi driver’s licence after he letting down the tyres of a policeman’s fast response vehicle.

Lancaster MEP Brands Cannabis Law Change "Ludicrous"

29/1/09: The government's decision to upgrade cannabis to 'Class B' status has been branded as ludicrous by a Liberal Democrat MEP.

Link Road Funding Agreed but Bypass Still Not Definite

28/1/09: Last Updated 29 January 2009 The Government this week granted the controversial Heysham M6 Link Road “Programme Entry” status in its bid to secure funding -- but no money has been earmarked for congestion relief in Lancaster and Morecambe and the scheme may still not get the go ahead if its costs r

Happy Birthday, Juicafe!

28/1/09: This weekend sees Juicafe, Lancaster’s smoothie and Milkshake cafe on Lower Damside Street, celebrate its second birthday. The cafe will be running special offers all weekend... and look out for the escaped banana in the city centre!

Campaign Group Delight at Canal Corridor Plan Inquiry

27/1/09: News that plans for the development of Lancaster's Canal Corridor will go to public inquiry have been met with delight by campaign group It's Our City .

Public's views sought on Conservation Areas

27/1/09: Brookhouse. Photo by Glyn Shentall. Used with kind permission. © All rights reserved. Lancaster City Council has begun an assessment of its 37 conservation areas, beginning with those in Bolton-le-Sands, Brookhouse, Halton, Hornby, Slyne, Warton and Wray.

It's National Rabbit Week!

23/1/09: National Rabbit Week starts tomorrow (24th) and the Hutches Crutches Pet Centre in Bolton-le-Sands has been in touch to let us know they will be running a number of free demonstrations in store promoting rabbit welfare.

"Winter Vomiting" Advice Re-Issued

23/1/09: The Health Protection Agency (HPA) North West has repeated its plea to people with norovirus infection (winter vomiting) not to attend GP surgeries or hospital Accident and Emergency Units, to avoid the risk of passing on infection to more vulnerable patients.

Cash Boost for University of Cumbria

23/1/09: It's just been announced that Britain’s newest academic centre for learning, the University of Cumbria, has secured £26m over the next eight years, bringing hundreds of new jobs to the region. The UoC has campuses and sites in Ambleside and Lancaster (formerly St.

Get your hands on some special spuds!

21/1/09: We can all name our favourite potato-based feasts – hot salty chips, fluffy steaming baked spuds, or the first fresh salad ‘taters’ of the year. But how many varieties of the humble potato could you name?

Honorary Alderman Dies

21/1/09: Honorary Alderman Arthur Briggs MBE, who was 101, has died. Mr Briggs, was elected to represent the Bolton-le-Sands ward in 1973 and served until 2003.passed away on Monday (January 19) morning. He was 101. Over the years he served on a number of committees and was mayor in 1987/88.

Welcome Stories Reveal Lancaster's diverse community

21/1/09: A new web site, Welcome Stories, has just gone live, detailing stories from local people about their experiences of 'welcome and belonging' in the Lancaster and Morecambe District.

What Secrets are Our MPs Hiding?

21/1/09: Update: The Guardian reported today that Gordon Brown announced the withdrawal of a plan to keep details of MPs' expenses secret at Prime Minister's Question Time, following the collapse overnight of a bipartisan agreement between the prime minister and David Cameron.

Council "Wastes Money" on Centros Inquiry

20/1/09: Green councillors have condemned Lancaster City Council's proposal to spend £100,000 on the Centros public inquiry into the canal corridor development (see news story) at a time when the Council is trying to save £1.7 million in next year's budget.

In Review: Vivid Arts at Lancaster Library

20/1/09: It was very dark and very, very wet and miserable at 7pm last Saturday, 17th January 2009. A truly wretched evening. And I had no idea what to do. Should I play chess with my computer?


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