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Lancaster City Council takes action on empty homes

Skerton house before and after renovation
24/10/17: Owners of empty properties are being urged to work with Lancaster City Council to bring their vacant assets back into use.

Lancaster professor discovers ripples in space-time

Professor Isobel Hook
20/10/17: Lancaster University's Professor Isobel Hook is part of an international collaboration which has detected an astronomical phenomenon never before observed - ripples in space time (gravitational waves) and light (electromagnetic radiation) from the same event.

Bulk Ward to stay in Lancaster. New constituency boundary proposals unveiled

Boundary proposal for a new Lancaster & Morecambe constituency
20/10/17: Councillor Lizzie Collinge tells us that Conservative proposals to move Bulk ward into the Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency have been revised to keep it part of a new Lancaster and Morecambe constituency.

Review: Blackout: Tales from Storm Desmond

Christmas in Lancaster before Storm Desmond
19/10/17: Peter Clarke reviews a new play at the Dukes, performed by local residents and inspired by the testaments of those affected by the major flooding of Lancaster, Carnforth and Morecambe in December 2015 following the torrential rains of storm Desmond. Blackout runs until 3rd November 2017

Police appeal following violent assault and robbery in Lancaster

17/10/17: A teenager has been assaulted and a man assaulted and robbed during what are believed to be linked violent incidents in Lancaster on Friday night.

Council invests £6.6m in care homes. Plea for wifi.

Dolphinlee Residential Care Home, Lancaster
13/10/17: Lancashire County Council has announced that it will be investing £6.6m to improve its 17 county-run residential care homes for older people. But will that include wifi? Most care homes still don't provide it. But shouldn't every home have internet access for the people who want it?

Appeal for witnesses to car and bike crash on campus

13/10/17: Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the Lancaster University campus on Tuesday 10 October at around 3pm on Bigforth Drive, close to the sports centre, which left a 42 year old cyclist with serious injuries. A Subaru Forester car was also involved.

Dukes Musical wins a place in history for cross-dressing Marquis

Henry Paget, 5th Marquess of Anglesey in about 1900, by Welsh photographer John Wickens
10/10/17: Coming to the Dukes on Thursday 19 October is Seiriol Davies’ sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe musical extravaganza 'How To Win Against History'.

Light Up Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular - Order a free wristband

Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular
6/10/17: Free wristbands are now available for people to attend at some of the best spots in the district to watch the spectacular fireworks finale of this year’s popular Light Up Lancaster festival taking place on 3-4 November.

Explosive Project Blasts Off

Blasted poster
5/10/17: The Friends of Lancaster City Museum have received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project marking the centenary of the White Lund munitions factory explosion through community events, talks and visits, culminating in a performance during Light Up Lancaster in November.

Popular local artists to raise funds for anti-fracking cause in landmark art exhibition & silent auction

Hornby Castle by Chas Jacobs
30/9/17: Lancaster's Whale Tail Cafe will be hosting an art exhibition with a difference throughout October. 27 popular local artists have donated artworks for a silent auction to raise money for the anti-fracking campaign.

Have a Wild West End Weekend in Morecambe

West End Weekend Poster
29/9/17: The West End Weekend is back on October 7 & 8 from 11am-4pm. It's a free festival celebrating West End wonderfulness, with a West End Street Market with crafts and performers, an Art Trail, a Song Trail, a picnic in the park, live music and even magic!

New CCTV brings mobile tip-offs

29/9/17: A new and improved state-of-the-art CCTV system is to be installed in Lancaster and Morecambe. The new system will replace the district’s existing CCTV cameras but will be more advanced, allowing secure remote viewing via any device connected to the internet.

Council backs bid to reduce plastic bottle pollution

A familiar site at the high tide mark - plastic bottle pollution
29/9/17: A motion to encourage more residents and businesses to reduce the number of plastic bottles ending up in landfill and the sea has been carried unanimously by Lancaster City Council at their meeting on Wednesday. About 35 million plastic bottles are used and discarded every day in the UK.

Just 2 votes in it: Labour win Halton-with-Aughton by-election

Cllr Kevin Frea - Halton-with-Aughton
29/9/17: Labour has gained a seat on Lancaster City Council following Thursday's Halton-with-Aughton ward by-election. While the turnout was much*+ lower than in the 2015 election, in which Labour came 4th, they nearly doubled their vote, giving Kevin Frea a majority of just 2 votes.

Lancaster City Council to bring museums back in-house

28/9/17: Lancaster City Council has agreed to issue notice to end the management agreement for Lancashire County Council to run its museums.

The world’s fastest cartoonist heads to Kendal for annual comics festival

Sergio Aragonés
28/9/17: Sergio Aragonés, the world’s fastest cartoonist, will be making a rare appearance as part of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (13th – 15th October in Kendal, Cumbria).

Art a la Carte - 27th September 2017

Lancaster climate protestors cycle to Paris
27/9/17: Listings of some of the finest art events in Lancaster and round-about

£15,500 investigation clears Labour councillors after 'predetermination' complaint

Cllr Roger Sherlock &  Cllr Margaret Pattison
27/9/17: Seven Lancaster City councillors have been cleared by an independent investigation of breaching the council’s code of conduct during a 5-hour planning meeting on 6 March 2017 when one was alleged to have fallen asleep.

Celebrate your Local Library

Libraries Week 2017
26/9/17: Lancashire libraries will be taking part in a national week-long celebration of libraries from Monday 9 October to Saturday 14 October 2017

City gets ready for Lancaster Music Festival 2017!

Horse drawn & bicycle powered - the Horse Show Corner Stage at LMF 2016.
25/9/17: Lancaster is gearing up for the the ninth incarnation of the award-winning Lancaster Music Festival, running from Thursday 12 - Monday 16 October with the largest ever line-up of over 500 acts at more than 40 venues. New in are vintage shuttle buses, musical barges and a 3-day Party in the Park.

Lancaster City Museum to get a new roof

Lancaster City Museum
22/9/17: The City Museum in Lancaster’s Market Square is getting a new roof as part of the council’s programme of works to preserve some of its oldest and finest public buildings. Scaffolding is due to be erected around the building from Tuesday October 3. Completion is scheduled in May 2018.

Council launches Bailrigg Garden Village consultation

Bailrigg Garden Village proposed sites (click to enlarge)
21/9/17: In January 2017 the Bailrigg area of Lancaster was chosen by the Government as the proposed location of a new Garden Village. Over the next month Lancaster City Council will be holding a series of drop-in events to give people the opportunity to share their views on these plans.

Lancaster University Ghana holds its first degree ceremony

Some of the Class of 2017, Lancaster University Ghana
21/9/17: Congratulations to almost 90 students from Lancaster University Ghana, who have graduated in the first ever degree ceremony at the West African campus. Lancaster is the first UK university to have established its own campus in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, in a partnership with Transnational Education

Police witness appeal following fatal collision in Lancaster

19/9/17: Police are appealing for information following a fatal collision in Lancaster at around 10.00am yesterday (Sunday) on Caton Road, when a Volkswagen Scirocco collided with a lamp post.

World-renowned acoustic guitarist Ari Eisinger to perform in Lancaster

Ari Eisinger acoustic guitarist
16/9/17: World-renowned acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Ari Eisinger is heading to Lancaster on Friday, October 6.

Film Makers Unleash Dinosaurs in Lancaster

Still from LuneTube's 'Terrible Lizards'
15/9/17: A group of film-makers have let dinosaurs loose in Lancaster city centre – but they say there’s no need to panic - it’s all part of LuneTube - a new online video channel to showcase their passion for North Lancashire and its heritage. A new short film is released every Friday evening!

Exhibition of Paintings To Stop Distress goes on show

The Merry-Go-Round of Life - David Jewkes
15/9/17: An artist who uses painting to cope with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he suffered following the Falklands War is currently exhibiting in Lancaster at the Dukes Gallery until 6 October.

Cat Smith MP backs campaign to scrap public sector pay cap for nurses

Cat Smith MP with RCN nurse Tracey Budding
12/9/17: Lancaster and Fleetwood MP, Cat Smith has backed the growing campaign for the Government to scrap the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay in the upcoming Budget. 451 nurses are affected by the pay cap in Lancaster and Fleetwood.

County to decide on another £45m in cuts

10/9/17: Lancashire County Council's cabinet will consider further savings of more than £45m when it meets next Thursday. Roads, libraries and buses will all receive increased budgets but Adult Social Care faces an additional £5.5m cut - despite a council tax increase of 2% ring-fenced for the sector.


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