The News Archive
• Local Issues: Development - Environment - Transport
• Politics • Society
• Meet Mark Steele
May 2006: Comedian and author Mark Steel muses on stand-up, comedy
and the French Revolution with James Rampton...
• The Canal Corridor
Ongoing Updates: A guide to this development project being
developed by the Council and preferred parter Centros Miller, and concerns
• Lancaster Market
Last updated: 6/5/03, John Freeman outlines some of the problems
facing Lancaster Market
• The Storey so far
Last updated 2/6/04: Concern about plans to turn one
of Lancaster's prized buildings, the Storey Institute, into what some
have called an "arts factory"
Past Lancaster Development Issues
• Aerial and Phone Masts
Last updated May 2002: An article on aerials and phone masts
Last Updated 02/05: Report on the closure of Lancaster's last
independent night club
Last updated: 29/9/02: Steve Booth outlines some of the issues resulting
from the Univeristy's continued spread
Now declared safe by current developers Centros Miller
and the Council (although currently the outline plans mean it
will be moved to a new building beside a busy road, which might
play havoc with recording studios), this article outlines why
it's such a valauable community resource. We
also ran an article on changes in music licesing laws.
Posted 2003: Lancaster and Carnforth now have skate parks.
Here, skateboarder Matt Canty outlines why they're needed
Local action put paid to this monstrous housing proposal
• The West End
Last updated 5/1/05: West End resident Chas Ambler
has condemned the projected 'regeneration' plan for the West End
of Morecambe, which he says will will turn the area into a dormitory
for Lancaster and points South, with no economic life of its own.
• Comments on Local Development
An archive of some comments: if you want to comment on any local issue
or VL news story, please use the forum
• Explore the Eco House
Could an eco house be built in Lancaster? By Ken Walton
• Heysham Power Station
• Jet Skis on
Last updated Updated 15 March 2006: Local bird watchers are
up in arms over the environmental damage they say jet skis are causing
Ongoing updates: We all hate it. What's the Council doing about it?
Plus: your Grot Spots
Plans for a bypass of Lancaster were first mooted before the
war. Civil Servants dust down the same tired old ideas once in a while
and despite a resounding "NO" they just don't seem to listen.
Traffic problems are bad in Lancaster, but there are cheaper ways to
deal with them than a £100 milliion pound road through some of
the area's most beautiful country side.
Clearly convinced their current Northern Route plans
will be easiest to push through the County Council has been flabbergasted to
find they reckoned without the angry residents of Torrisholme...
• The Northern Bypass
Why only big business and short-sighted local policiticans (many of whom said
this road was a bad idea in the past) want this "link road"
which will blight Torrisholme, Skerton and lay waste to a swathe
of local countryside.
Past Transport Issues
• Car Sharing
• Queen Street
• The Western
It's as dead as a dodo. For now.
Travel: 2001 Snapshot
The 2001 Winter Rail Timetable introduced a timetable which meant you
couldn't leave Lancaster by rail until 3.00pm, breaking rail guidelines.
• Arms and the Man
Lancaster MP Ben Wallace's connections with the arms
Local Election Results
Local Election Results
Information on local peace groups. See also LDWA
page and the
Peace and Civil Rights Campaign page
Life in a Lancaster Area Nursing Home for the Elderly
• AIDS Day 2003
A comment on the woeful lack of support for World AIDS Day in the
• The Warehouse
First posted 12/6/01 by Paul Wilkinson: The story behind the infamous
raid on a small local night club. A seedy tale that to this day still
leaves many questions unanswered about police conduct.
We never received a reply from former Hilton
Dawson MP to our requests for a comment about police refusal to
let a woman having an asthma attack have her inhaler. Meanwhile, Dr
Ruth Henig, Labour County Councillor and Chairman of the Association
of Police Authorities apparently thinks it's ok for the police to behave
abusively to the general public because other people take drugs...
Sear, Green County Councillor for Lancaster City appears to be
the one local politician who doesn't think that the electorate are
expendable fodder for the police to act out their frustrations on.
In a reply to this site and a letter to the Citizen newspaper,
he voiced his concerns about the Warehouse debacle and promised to
arrange a meeting with the Divisional Commander to discuss the issues
it has raised.
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