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Draft Air Quality Action Plan launched

5/9/07: Draft Air Quality Action Plan launched (Press Release, Lancaster City Council): Lancaster City Council has taken another step towards cleaning up air quality in Lancaster. On Tuesday the council’s cabinet approved an interim Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP).

Highway Code cracked: more than 40 rules changed!

6/6/07: Following a high-profile campaign from the Cyclists Touring Club, the Government has agreed to amend the Highway Code to improve cyclists' safety and to encourage drivers to take more care around vulnerable road users. In total over 40 rules have been changed to the benefit of cyclists.

Centros Miller in action

7/5/07: Report by John Freeman: We thought you might be interested in these pictures from Bury St Edmunds courtesy of Bury Free Press, where developers have ridden rough shod over local opposition and let Centros Miller redevelop the old cattle Market.

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Sun, sea, sand and cycling - the order of the day in Morecambe

30/4/07: Sun, sea, sand and cycles were the order of the day in Morecambe yesterday (Sunday) when hundreds of people arrived by bike to join in the fun at the official launch of cycling on the town's promenade.

Out with the Local Plan, in with the Core Strategy

27/4/07: In line with government planning reforms, the current Lancaster Local Plan is being replaced by a Core Strategy, which will be submitted to Government on 4 May 2007 and is the Council’s overarching spatial planning strategy for the period up until 2021.

Let Your Fingers do the Recycling

27/4/07: If you want to recycle your old Yellow Pages directory, given that the recycling box collectors have rejected it, then give it to a schoolkid.

High Court strikes down planning committee "perceived impartiality" fallacy?

24/4/07: (Thanks to Max for this item): Outside and critical observers of local democracy have long had a problem with the idea that councillors on planning committees should not say or do anything which indicates support or opposition to developments.

Have your say on open space, sport and recreation facilities in Lancaster

12/4/07: Lancaster City Council has recently appointed specialist sport and leisure consultants PMP to look into how open space, sport and recreation facilities can be best used. The study is required by the Government, as laid out in current planning guidance.

Are Jet Skiers A Menace on the River Lune?

12/6/04: Local bird lovers in Lancaster are up in arms over jet ski use on the River Lune, concerned for the safety of nesting birds. Several people have also complained to Virtual-Lancaster about the noise the jet skis make and raised safety concerns.


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