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County approves new LED streetlights

16/3/18: A scheme to replace 38,000 streetlights with LEDs has been approved by Lancashire County Council's cabinet. This £9.2m project, running from April 2018 to November 2020, will see all of the county's older, less efficient streetlights replaced by cutting edge, energy saving LEDs.

New Visitor Parking Permits could cost an extra £22 a year each

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16/3/18: Green Party councillors say that new arrangements for visitors' parking permits will bring extra costs for some residents living in resident parking scheme zones - as much as an extra £44 a year for some.

Lancaster MP Cat Smith condemns Tory Voter ID check plans

Cat Smtih MP - Official Photo 2018
12/3/18: Lancaster MP Cat Smith has hit out at Conservative plans to introduce Voter ID checks, which over 40 charities argue will rob vulnerable people of a say in elections.

University Students support the strike

Lancaster University UCU Strike Picket on 5 March 2018
9/3/18: Over 800 Lancaster University students have signed an open letter to their Vice Chancellor expressing solidarity with the staff of the University and with the UCU strike and condemning creeping privatisation in education which has led to exploitation of students and reductions in staff expenditure.

CLOUD to hold meeting on Bailrigg Garden Village Development

Bailrigg Garden Village proposed sites (click to enlarge)
9/3/18: Local campaign group CLOUD is calling a General Meeting on Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm at the Boot & Shoe pub.

Celebrating Women Week leads off at the Marsh Community Centre

Dot Crotchet & The Raging Harmonies
4/3/18: On Saturday the Marsh Community Centre held a wonderful day celebrating the wonderful women of Lancashire, marking 100 years of (some) women getting the vote in the UK.

New 582 Bus Service for Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington.

Kirkby Lonsdale Bus running through snowy weather
2/3/18: A new bus service starting next week will restore regular public transport to a number of villages north of Lancaster. Investment by Lancashire County Council to improve rural links has resulted in a new daytime service for Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington.

The City Council Budget: Left & Right perspectives

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2/3/18: Lancaster City Council has approved its budget for the coming year. The two main parties on the council, Conservative and Labour, have sent us their comments about it and here is what they had to say.

Local legal eagles back CancerCare as Charity of the Year

Wright & Lord Charity of the Year cheque presentation
2/3/18: Local solicitors Wright & Lord have named CancerCare North Lancashire and South Cumbria its ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018, as members of staff have been affected by cancer and some have used CancerCare’s services.

Working Class Oral History Archive seeks participants for new film

Wesleyan Sunday School Centenary 1906 - Market Square Lancaster
2/3/18: People from Lancaster are invited to be part of a documentary film comparing life now with that of their ancestors 100 years ago.

New Social Justice book includes 'LANDED (Freeman's Wood) Project

They hang the man and flog the woman that steals the goose from off the common, but let the greater villain loose, that steals the common from the goose.
2/3/18: A new book includes a chapter on StoreyG2’s “LANDED (Freeman's Wood)” project. The book, entitled "Contested Property Claims : What Disagreement Tell Us about Ownership", is part of a series on Social Justice.

Climate change expert speaks out against fracking at PNR

Climate Change expert John Ashton speaks out against fracking
2/3/18: During this week's ‘Green Monday’ event at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site, local residents and campaigners opposed to fracking were joined by John Ashton CBE, the former Special Representative for Climate Change at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Lancaster City Council approves its 2018/19 budget

Lancaster City Council logo
1/3/18: Lancaster City Council has set its budget for 2018/19, with a focus on a wide-ranging programme of investment to ensure the district thrives as a vibrant regional centre, while battling continued central government funding cuts.

County Council battling severe weather to keep vital services running

Snow covered branch
1/3/18: Lancashire County Council is working hard to keep traffic moving, and ensure vital support is delivered to the most vulnerable, in spite of the severe weather which is particularly affecting the east of the county.

Check on vulnerable and plan your travel during big freeze

Snow covered branch
26/2/18: Lancashire County Council is asking people to check on vulnerable members of their community as the county prepares to deal with a spell of freezing temperatures and severe weather.

Remembering a little-known wartime story in a new way

The Troth - Usne Kaha Tha
25/2/18: Evocative music, powerful dance and new silent film footage combine at The Dukes on 16 March, marking the centenary of World War 1. The Troth reveals the contribution and human cost of Indian soldiers in the allied war effort. It is based on the iconic Hindi short story - Usne Kaha Tha.

Campus in the City is back this week!

Campus in the City shop in St Nicholas Arcades
23/2/18: Lancaster University's Campus in the City (CITC) initiative will be back with a bang on 24 February to 31 March, with an exciting launch event planned.

Police appeal after stabbing in house in Lancaster

23/2/18: Police are appealing for information after two young people were stabbed last Monday morning at a house in Sycamore Grove, Lancaster

Sixties rock and rollers The Pretty Things to perform in Morecambe

The Pretty Things
23/2/18: After more than 50 years of continuous service, The Pretty Things — still featuring original members Phil May and Dick Taylor and performing at the Platform in Morecambe next month — remain a significant, challenging force in Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Charity boss walks the walk for people facing cancer

Neil Townsend and Alan Disley
23/2/18: The chief executive of a cancer charity is calling on people to join him and his partner for an epic 21-mile sponsored walk between Coniston and Barrow on 12 May.

Police appeal for witnesses after pedestrian hit by car

23/2/18: Police are appearing for information and witnesses to an incident on Tuesday 20 February on Slyne Road, Lancaster, in which a Toyota Yaris car collided with an elderly lady pedestrian, who suffered serious injuries.

Only rain should go down outdoor drains please

Only rain down the drain
22/2/18: LOVEmyBEACH are campaigning to remind people that outdoor drains operate very differently from those connected to inside people’s homes, with outdoor drains usually running directly to the nearest river or stream - and NOT to the local water treatment works.

Help keep the Lancaster district clean this spring

Great British Spring Clean
22/2/18: As part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign, Lancaster City Council is holding a series of community spring-cleaning sessions at local parks next weekend 2 - 4 March, all equipment provided. And if you'd like to organise a litter pick of your own they'll help you!

Plan to transform Lancaster’s food culture wins funding

Lancaster's Seasonal Markets 2018
22/2/18: The Sustainable Food Cities Network has awarded Sustainable Food City Lancaster a £10,000 grant to support their efforts to make local, healthy and sustainable food available to everyone in Lancaster. LESS, a Lancaster based community organisation is matching this with £10,000 of its own money too.

Lancaster premieres new show from the dark heart of the internet

666 Comments
22/2/18: Aliki Chapple's new show, premiering on 10 March at the Storey, takes a brilliant and unusual form: the staging of a viral online comment thread. In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, '666 Comments' could not be more timely and makes a vivid contribution to the ongoing conversation

Wildlife Trust sets out Urban Planning Guidelines for sustainable development

Connecting with nature
19/2/18: Is short-sighted urban planning driving us to extinction? As the government makes plans for the building of 300,000 new homes a year in the UK — with 12,000 new homes planned for the Lancaster area — the Wildlife Trust has published new guidelines for urban development that we ignore at our peril.

Lancaster's fracking protesters fined. Please give generously!

Police attempting to cut through car lock-on on 27 July 2018
16/2/18: Both the Lancaster defendents from the 27 July two-car lock-on blockade at Cuadrilla's Preston new Road fracking site were found guilty of Obstruction of the Highway in Blackpool Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. They have £1,124 to pay and there is a fund-raising campaign to help them

University staff to strike over pension cuts plan

Lancaster University: Strike Posters & a Pint
16/2/18: As part of a national dispute over a staff pension scheme, the University and College Union (UCU) will call on its members to take strike action on 14 days between 22 February and 16 March. The impact of the strike is likely to vary in different parts of the University and picket lines are expected.

Williamson Park welcomes two new furry friends

Marmosets in Williamson Park
15/2/18: Two common marmosets have joined the small animal zoo family at Williamson Park.

Council asks for comments on Local Plan

Lancaster Plan Key Diagram. Click to enlarge
13/2/18: Lancaster City Council has formally published its new Local Plan and is seeking public opinion on whether it is ‘legally compliant and sound’. The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday April 6.

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