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Road closed as work starts at Lancaster student site

Wed, 05/07/2017 - 10:26am
Work has started on the construction of a new 632-bed student village in Lancaster.

Police mascot stars in a book

Wed, 05/07/2017 - 9:05am
Morecambe Area Police have provided an update on the

‘Toddler tantrum’ training for security guards in Morecambe’s Arndale Centre

Wed, 05/07/2017 - 8:01am
Security guards at Morecambe’s Arndale Centre have received ‘toddler tantrum’ training in a bid to improve the shopping experience for families.

Hest Bank chicken sanctuary closes its doors

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 5:00pm
A chicken sanctuary which helped birds right until the end has closed down.

Morecambe mosaic restored to its former glory

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 4:01pm
The Morecambe mosaic has been restored to its former glory following a move to a new home on the seafront.

Pet cat Harry target of sick graffiti stunt

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 2:05pm
Vandalism was taken to a whole new level after a pet cat was ‘graffitied’ on.

Trade at cake shop is crumbling underfoot

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 1:05pm
A Morecambe shop owner says she has been dealt a 
double whammy with 
pavement works outside her shop and on the next street all but decimating trade.

Lancaster politician arrested after fracking site protest

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 12:33pm
A Lancaster county councillor has been arrested and charged following protests at the Preston New Road fracking site.

Wheelchair rugby team defend European title

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 12:30pm
Morecambe war veteran Stuart Robinson is part of the Great Britain wheelchair rugby team who have successfully defended their European Championship title in Germany.

We desperately need more hotel rooms in

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 12:10pm
We desperately need more hotel rooms in Morecambe because tourism is booming once again.That’s the claim from a leading hotelier who wants to spend £750,000 on 22 extra rooms but is being put off by council red tape.Paul Bury says he is facing obstacles from Lancaster City Council as he plans to extend the Lothersdale Hotel and Aspect Bar on Marine Road Central.Mr Bury says demand for hotel accommodation in Morecambe is “sky high” as the town experiences a tourism revival.He is backed by other tourism champions and stats which show that visitor numbers are up.“We are up in terms of occupancy,” said Mr Bury.“We talk to other hoteliers, the Midland, Clarendon, Travelodge, Holiday Inn, and they are all full most of the time. “There’s a lot of positivity in the area. The road is bringing people in.“But there really aren’t enough rooms. Demand for accommodation is sky high on festival weekends and we’ve lost major hotels like the Elms and the Broadway.“Premier Inn wanted to come (onto the Frontierland site) but got tired of waiting. “The vintage festival (in September), which is Morecambe’s biggest event, we knew people who were exhibiting who had to stay in Barrow. Within a 50 mile radius there was only one room available. We have to accommodate these people.“We want to invest three quarters of a million by putting 22 bedrooms in but not getting anywhere with the council officers. It’s becoming frustrating.“Other councils, like Elgin and Dunfermline, say ‘come and invest with us’ with open arms. Round here, it’s like ‘we don’t want investment’. “It’s not like we’re looking to put something ridiculous in. We’re banging our heads against a brick wall.”Mark Prada, chairman of Bay Tourism, said 1.3m people stayed overnight in the Morecambe Bay Area in 2016 but there are only a “few hundred good quality bed spaces” in Morecambe itself.Mr Prada said almost every local quality hotel and guesthouse had “100 per cent occupancy” during festivals and events, and many had more than 90 per cent occupancy at other times.“I believe we should encourage private sector investment from those businesses who want to further develop their existing hotels and guesthouses,” said Mr Prada. “We are seeing a wonderful resurgence in demand for Morecambe and the Bay area, combined with the benefits that the new Bay Gateway are bringing and a boom in the staycation business that is coming from increased flight and travel costs, alongside poor exchange rates.”Brian Bromiley, who organises his own events and chairs the Morecambe Events Co-Operative of festival promoters, said he knew of one other local businessman who was put off from building a new hotel in Morecambe by council red tape.“I would love to see investment both in festivals and in accommodation for people who come to festivals,” said Mr Bromiley.“If people can’t stay in Morecambe and have to go outside the area that doesn’t benefit the secondary spend in our town.”Coun Janice Hanson, Cabinet member for regeneration and planning at Lancaster City Council, said: “Mr Bury’s claims are inaccurate. “He was advised - almost a year ago - that his scheme would require planning permission, just like any other proposal of this sort, and was given practical advice on how to proceed.“It is now up to Mr Bury to submit his planning application or not and, to date, he has chosen not to do so.“If Mr Bury chooses to submit a planning application it will of course be taken on its own merits, but the council is very supportive of economic activity that will enhance Morecambe as a visitor destination. “This is borne out by recent decisions including the trampoline park – which was a development that was heavily influenced and supported by the council – that is on course for opening this summer.“Other projects include works to improve the public realm and pedestrian environment at Victoria Street and Euston Road, which will help to stimulate the local retail environment.“The first phase of the sea defence wall has been completed to considerable acclaim and phases 2 and 3 have just been approved. The council has also supported the redevelopment of the Broadway Hotel site and continues to work with the developer, who has now started work on site.“Permission has also been granted for the redevelopment of Frontierland, which it is now up to Opus North to deliver. Additionally there are numerous other schemes that are in pre-planning discussions that Mr Bury will not be aware of.“

Home Start volunteers enjoy success

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 12:00pm
Home Start are now supporting families in Carnforth and want to spread the word as much possible.

Police investigate burglary in Halton

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 11:05am
Police attended the scene of a burglary in Halton.

Lots of fun making dens at a Goosnargh primary school

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 10:42am
Building dens for less fortunate children is a day pupils at Goosnargh St Francis’ Catholic Primary School will remember forever, said headteacher Sarah Deakin.

Morecambe charity devastated as major walk cancelled

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 10:30am
The Queen’s Guide to the Sands has expressed his disappointment after a major charity walk had to be cancelled.

Bolton-le-Sands mum to swim Solent for charity

Tue, 04/07/2017 - 9:59am
A mum will swim one of the busiest shipping lanes in Europe to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.

Witness appeal after serious collision near Bay Gateway

Mon, 03/07/2017 - 4:20pm
Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision on Halton Road at Lancaster left a woman with serious injuries.

Hospital trips to see cancer stricken son costs Overton mum thousands

Mon, 03/07/2017 - 3:26pm
A mum who spent £700 extra a month on petrol to visit her poorly son in hospital has backed a travel cost campaign to help other families.

Morecambe to join World Fringe Day celebrations

Mon, 03/07/2017 - 2:50pm
Morecambe will join in celebrations across the world to mark the first ever World Fringe Day.

Countdown is on for Heysham Viking Festival

Mon, 03/07/2017 - 2:41pm
Dust off that horned helmet and raise a drinking horn, as Heysham’s Viking Festival returns to the village.

Police investigating after £1,000 stolen from hair salon during weekend break-in

Mon, 03/07/2017 - 11:03am
Police are wishing to speak to the man pictured in CCTV images after more than £1,000 was stolen from Jo & Cass hair salon at the weekend.