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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

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.

Council votes to reduce use of plastic bottles

3/11/17: A bid by Labour councillors to encourage more residents and businesses to do their bit to reduce the number of plastic bottles ending up in landfill and the sea has been supported unanimously by Lancaster City Council

Pensioner, 92, injured in Morecambe collision at Morrisons

2/11/17: Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was injured following a collision in a supermarket car park yesterday (Wednesday 1st November).

Conservatives to back outline Canal Corridor development plans

The Lancaster Canal Corridor North site
31/10/17: Lancaster City Council's Conservative Group have agreed to back the new secret Canal Corridor development proposals, so long as the Council agrees to an amendment backing the existing small businesses in the city centre. But few people know what the development plans are yet.

Scandal-torn County to vote on New Chief Exec appointment

Angie Ridgwell
27/10/17: County's employment committee will appoint Angie Ridgwell as interim Chief Executive & Director of Resources of Lancashire County Council, subject to approval by Council later today.

Help Aladdin Find His Missing Magic Lamp!

Find Aladdin's lamp competition
27/10/17: Aladdin is calling on local children to find his magic lamp - it's gone missing! He must get it back before his festive show opens at the Dukes on 24 November. He thinks it might have flown off to be in a Lancaster shop window?

Volunteer call for Freehold & Ridge Bonfire Night & Lantern Procession

Fireworks at Miss Whalley's Field
26/10/17: The Gregson Festival Group has announced that the Freehold & Ridge Community Bonfire and Firework display will be held on Sunday 5 November, preceded by the lovely Lantern Procession. Volunteers are needed for the many different jobs that make this a magical night for children - of all ages.

Homeless Action Launches Christmas Shelter Appeal

Homeless in Winter
24/10/17: Lancaster District Homeless Action Service needs your help to keep their ever busier service running - and for their annual Christmas Shelter. They're appealing for funds and volunteers with a series of local events to highlight homelessness and call for your support.

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.


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