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Lancaster City Council approves its Local Plan for publication

Lancaster Local Plan Land Allocations Map from March 2017. Click to enlarge
22/12/17: Lancaster City Council has agreed a six-week formal publication period of its new Local Plan, from early February, to allow for final representations on whether the proposed plan is ‘legally compliant and sound’ before it is submitted for independent examination by a government appointed inspector

Season's Greetings from Virtual-Lancaster!

Snowman
22/12/17: Virtual-Lancaster wishes all our readers a very merry festive season and a happy and peaceful New Year. Live long and prosper!

Lancaster University launches new Health Innovation Campus

Site of the new Health Innovations Campus at Bailrigg
22/12/17: Lancaster University has announced a major investment that they are hoping will help improve advances in health care and significantly contribute to the regional economy.

Get A Taste For Great Drama At The Dukes

Private Lives at The Dukes
14/12/17: From the sophistication of a Noel Coward comedy to a play served with a fish and chip supper, The Dukes new visiting drama season for early 2018 has it all.

Fury as Morecambe’s MP questions TV reports highlighting poverty in his constituency, blocks critics online

David Morris. Official Parliamentary photograph by Chris McAndrew
14/12/17: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris is coming under increasing fire for his treatment of his own constituents affected by poverty - and mass blocking concerned voters who contacted him on social media, after two TV news reports highlighted the issue in Morecambe

Green Party spills the beans on risky Canal Corridor leases

Current layout of the Canal Corridor North site (from the BL website)
12/12/17: The Green Party have published a damning exposé of the financial risks to the City Council from British Land's Canal Corridor plans, claiming the Labour Council is negotiating a lease on the same upward-only terms that cost Lancaster its £500kpa-losing Indoor Market - and £13m+ to get out of.

Witness appeal launched after fatal collision

8/12/17: Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a 46-year-old man from Milnthorpe died following a road traffic collision close to Burton-in-Kendal.

Can you volunteer for a 4-hour shift helping at the Christmas Shelter?

LDHAS Christmas Shelter group photo
8/12/17: Fancy doing something a bit different this Christmas? Want to get in touch with that real Christmas spirit? Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service are looking for volunteers to help with 4 hour shifts during the Christmas Shelter at St Thomas' from 24 - 29 December.

£18,000 fund for Community Groups in Lancaster and Morecambe cut by Tory-run County Council

County Councillor Erica Lewis
8/12/17: Lancashire County Council has now stopped funding directly to community groups in Lancashire through the Local Members Grant, including groups in Lancaster and Morecambe, to the dismay of opposition groups.

Lancashire County Council Cabinet agrees proposals for community libraries, community centres, and Heysham swimming pool

8/12/17: Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed to transfer ownership of five buildings to local groups, which will see two independent community-run libraries being established, as well as a range of other services.

Gritting crews in action as snow expected to hit Lancashire

Photo courtesy Lancashire County Council
7/12/17: Lancashire's gritting crews are ready for action over the coming days following forecasts for sleet, snow and icy conditions to hit the county.

Angry flood victim meetings explain causes - and plan opposition to Local Plan's Garden Village

Flood Meeting at Bowerham
7/12/17: Multi-agency meetings about the recent floods heard residents' accounts of what happened - and why. Angry residents launch objections to the Local Plan's Bailrigg Garden Village scheme for 5000 new homes right in the middle of it all, to be debated by Council on 20th December.

Borough Brewery's Rory Walker earns CAMRA Award

Rory Walker of Borough Brewery is presented with his CAMRA Award
4/12/17: The Lunesdale Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has presented Rory Walker of Borough Brewery with a special award for “Outstanding Services to Real Ale”.

The Dukes' Christmas Show - Aladdin - Review

Aladdin and the Princess take a magic carpet ride
4/12/17: Aladdin is the Dukes' Christmas Show for 2017. It's a ripping fairytale of magic and love, betrayal and loyalty, rags to riches, with exuberant musical numbers, staged in the friendly intimacy of The Round.

Over 100 guns handed in to Police Amnesty

Police Sup. Julian Platt & Police & Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
1/12/17: 115 firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition were handed into Lancashire Constabulary during a two-week surrender, where police forces across the country urged people to ‘give up the gun’. A WW1 machine gun and 41 pin fire rounds were also amongst the haul handed in by members of the public

Greyhound Bridge Closure Info Meetings Announced.

The Greyhound Bridge, Lancaster
1/12/17: Lancashire County Council is holding a number of drop-in sessions in the Lancaster area next week for people to find out more about major repairs planned for Greyhound Bridge.

Council statement ties flood management to Garden Village Plan

Galgate flooding 'the worst yet'
1/12/17: Following on from our recent article reporting concerns that greenfield development at Bailrigg had contributed to last week's disastrous flooding in Galgate, Lancaster City Council has issued a statement tying flood management measures to major new greenfield development plans at Bailrigg.

Neuro-Drop-In Centre gets Xmas boost from the Co-op

Regent Road Co-op Manager Lily & Sharon Jackson of Neuro Drop-In
30/11/17: Lancaster's Neuro Drop-In Centre were delighted to receive a generous donation of £2968.00 from the Co-op. The centre for people with any neurological condition is having to relocate from its current premises and is looking for a new home, so the help is very timely.

£7m savings proposals to be considered by Lancashire County Council's Cabinet

29/11/17: Savings proposals totalling around £7m over the next three years will be considered by Lancashire County Council's Cabinet when it meets on Thursday next week

Improved bus services ready to go as new Lancashire operators are confirmed

27/11/17: Major improvements to buses are just around the corner as Lancashire County Council has awarded contracts for new services due to start in December, with more due to begin in February.

Public meetings announced to discuss flooding

Council workers helping in the clear up after 2017 floods in Halton
27/11/17: UPDATED WITH HALA AND GALGATE MEETING INFORMATION A public meeting will be held in Halton tomorrow (Tuesday 28th November) to discuss the recent localised flooding that affected the village.

Lancaster Area Flooding: 'No more building on fields until you sort this out' say residents

Flooding at Galgate
24/11/17: Parts of the Lancaster & Morecambe district were hit by floods again on Wednesday night with residents blaming inadequate drainage planning in new developments, including the Bay Gateway and Bailrigg, for the ongoing series of flood disasters affecting the area.

County plans £2.9m increase in non-residential care charges to elderly and disabled

Day Centre places are allocated to the most vulnerable elderly people
17/11/17: Lancs County Council agreed to a review of non-residential care charges at its meeting on Thursday 9 Nov. These charges were last increased in 2011. Costs have increased since then, but incomes haven't. An 8 week consultation will be launched in December. An extra £2.9m in charges is planned.

Labour bids to tackle ‘holiday hunger’ as local foodbank use soars

Green Street Foodbank, Morecambe
16/11/17: A Labour motion backing a parliamentary bid to tackle ‘holiday hunger’ among children – as well as a rise of more than 80 per cent in the use of foodbanks in Lancaster - has been passed by Lancaster City Council

Council adds plea for government subsidy for Lancs weapons manufacturer

BAE Eurofighter Typhoon of the Royal Saudi Air Force - image by Gordon Zammit
15/11/17: Lancs County Council & the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership have written to the government to ask for further investment into weapons manufacturer BAE Systems.

City council appeals for information on lead theft

The Platform, Morecambe
15/11/17: Lancaster City Council is appealing for information to help catch thieves who stole lead from the roof of the Old Station Buildings, home to the Platform entertainment venue, on Monday evening

Fracking Rally as PNR gets TUC anti-fracking support

Rally at the gates of Cuadrilla Site PNR on Saturday 11 November 2017
13/11/17: About 150 people took part in the Big Noise Against Fracking rally at Maple Farm last Saturday. Participants, including many trades union members and a large contingent who travelled together from Lancaster, marched along Preston New Road to demonstrate at the gates of the Cuadrilla fracking site.

Free Carparks for Xmas Shopping in Lancaster & Morecambe

Lancaster Christmas Lights Switch-On
10/11/17: From Sunday Nov 26 - Sunday Dec 24, all of the council's main pay and display car parks in Lancaster & Morecambe (& St Nics) will be free for Sunday shopping.

Lancaster police station named as "firearms surrender" point

Gun
9/11/17: People in Lancashire are being urged to hand in guns and ammunition as part of a nation-wide firearms surrender starting on 13 November 2017.

Death of former Mayor of Lancaster announced

Councillor Roger Sherlock
8/11/17: We're sorry to report the death of Councillor Roger Sherlock, who passed away earlier this morning.

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