Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 24th August to 1st September 2016

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day  listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

Just four new releases make it to the local screens during this period. There is a biopic about the jazz legend Chet Barker in Born to be Blue (15) and violent action with The Purge: Election Year (15). In addition we have comedy animation with Sausage Party (15) and the comedy drama War Dogs (15).

We have lost the films Ghostbusters; Kung Fu Panda 3 and The Secret Life of Pets. However the movies Alice Through the Looking Glass; Ice Age: Collision Course and The Jungle Book have made a return.

Family entertainment is well represented this period with Asterix: the Mansion of the Gods; Finding Dory; Get Squirrely ; Ice Age: Collision Course; Nine Lives; Pete's Dragon; Swallows and Amazons; The Angry Birds Movie and The BFG. In addition the Dukes is offering an animation workshop on Tuesday 30th August in Stop Motions.

For adult comedy there is Bad Moms; David Brent: Life on the Road; Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates; Sausage Party and War Dogs.

Adult drama comes with Jason Bourne; Nerve; Now You See Me 2; The Purge: Election Year and the docudrama Sid and Nancy. In addition there is science fiction action on offer with Star Trek Beyond and Suicide Squad whereas horror comes with Lights Out.

High culture unfortunately does not feature during this weeks cinema.

Reviews

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Director: James Bobin
Certificate: PG
Cast includes: Johnny Depp, Alice Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska
Alice (Wasikowska) has spent three years travelling and has now returned to London to contemplate her future. She uses a mirror to return to Wonderland but find things are not well, and the Hatter is more mad than ever. To aid him she must go back in time and face the Jabberwocky. This is Disney's sequel to the 2010 production of 'Alice in Wonderland' and all the major characters from the original movie make an appearance. The film is a visual feast, a lavish performance with a star studded cast. However for this reviewer the whole seemed more gloss than substance. It does not quite live up to the magic of the original.

Finding Dory
Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Certificate: U
Cast Includes: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Hayden Rolence
Pixar's sequel to the 2003 movie 'Finding Nemo'. Dory (DeGeneres), who helped reunite Nemo (Rolence) with his father Marlin (Brooks) in the first movie, has a flashback in which she remembers her own family. She decides to look for them despite her problems with a faulty memory. Marlin and Nemo agree to help and the three swim to California to start the search. Dory is caught and held in a marine life institute aquarium for shipping to Cleveland. However with the help of Hank (O'Neill), the octopus she escapes back to the ocean and finds her parents Charlie and Jenny. Now she has to come to the aid of Marlin and Nemo who are also imprisoned in the institute aquarium. The movie is essentially the same plot as the original, but provides impressive animation and contains some emotional scenes. However this is ultimately a fun 'happy ever after' sort of film that will delight people of all ages.

Ice Age: Collision Course
Director: Mike Thurmeier and Galen T Chu
Cast includes: Simon Pegg, Roy Romano, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Hohn Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Chris Wedge
A computer animation family adventure film. This is the fifth instalment in the Ice Age series and the sequel to Continental Drift. Scratt (Wedge), the sabre toothed squirrel, activates an alien UFO in his continued pursuit of the acorn. The craft propels Scratt into outer space and thence causes a planetary collision resulting in the creation of meteors that threaten to engulf the earth. Manny (Romero) the Wooly Mammoth, Sid (Leguizamo) the sloth and Diego (Leary) the sabre toothed tiger hatch a plan with the weasel Buck (Pegg) to save the earth. The plot is quite unbelievable, but the resulting mayhem is as entertaining as ever. New characters are introduced as the movie unfolds and the film a worthy addition to the franchise. Whats not to like?

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Director: Jake Szyanski
Certificate:15
Cast includes: Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Sugar Lyn Beard
Party loving brothers Mike (Devine) and Dave (Efron) are to attend the wedding of their sister. However their parents insist on their bringing respectable dates to the event who will keep them under control. The brothers advertise on Craigslist and select waitresses Tatiana (Plaza) and Alice (Kendrick) to accompany them, not realising the women are wilder than themselves. There is just sufficient plot in this movie to hold the whole thing together and we are entertained with nudity, sex, drugs and outrageous behaviour. An equal opportunity comedy with occasional hilarity.

Nerve
Director: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
A science fiction crime thriller based on the 2012 novel of the same name. High school senior Venus (Vee) Delmonico (Roberts) is coaxed into being a player in the online reality game of Nerve. Participants can be watchers who pay to watch and suggest dares, or players who accept the dares and receive money if they succeed. Vee is paired with another player Ian (Franco) and they are given challenges that become increasingly dangerous. However it is not easy to leave the game once you have started and the climax leads to a shootout. This is an entertaining movie that gives insight into some the potential dangers to which the internet could be used. An energetic thriller that will appeal to teens.

Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella
This is the thirteenth Star Trek movie and the third in the reboot series. Kirk (Pine) takes the Enterprise on a rescue mission to the planet Altamid. However the ship gets ambushed by a force working for the power mad Krall (Elba). The Enterprise is destroyed and much of the crew captured. It is up to Kirk, Scotty (Pegg), Spock (Quinto), Chekov (Yelchin), McCoy (Urban) and a native fighter Jaylah (Boutella) to save the day. They repair an early generation starfleet vessel that had crashed on the planet and are able to pursue Krull. This is an action packed film with impressive special effects and a good number of impressive battles. The movie harks back to the early days of Star Trek, retracing old ground. A must see film.

The Jungle Book
Director: Jon Favreau
Certificate: PG Cast includes: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba
Based on Rudyard Kipling's works, this is a reworking of a the well known classic using live action and CGI. Mowgli (Sethi) is an orphaned boy raised by a wolf and thence by Bagheera (Kingsley) a black panther. Mowgli alienates the Bengal tiger Shere Khan (Elba) and so must make his way to humankind for safety, meeting the well known characters Baloo and Kaa on the way. Subsequently he returns to the jungle to face Shere Khan. The movie is a good example a remake that improves on the original. An excellent movie that will entertain all ages.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Talkzone offers advice for Lancashire's young people after exam results - and more

Lancashire students who have either received their A-level results or are waiting for their GCSE results are reminded that help, support and guidance is available from 'Talkzone', Lancashire County Council's advice service.

Young people between the ages of 12 and 19 can access this support by telephone, text, webtalk, email and Facebook. It is also available for any young person up to the age of 25 with a disability.

The Talkzone service, formerly known as The Line, is available from 2.00 to 10.00pm each day including weekends and bank holidays.

Matthew Tomlinson, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "I appreciate that this can be a very worrying time for young people. I can still remember vividly how anxious I felt going into school to get my O and A-level results.

"I wish that Talkzone had been available then as I'm sure I would have used it.

"Through Talkzone, young people can speak with trained advisors in confidence and chat through anything that is worrying them, as well as their exam results. Staff are able to talk about a wide range of issues which young people tell us they really appreciate, including feeling low, relationships, leaving home or contraceptive advice.

"Since it was set up 23 years ago, Talkzone advisors have responded to thousands of enquiries from young people on a huge range of issues."

Tracy Scotland, Talkzone manager, added: "Although the majority of the calls we take in August are about worries over A-levels and GCSEs, we're available 365 days a year to talk to any young person about any concern they have.

"Staff are fully trained and are able to identify options for young people who may not have a place sorted out, or for those whose results have been better or worse than expected.

"Whether the issue is large or small, Talkzone is available to help, so don't be afraid to call, text or contact us online."

• Young people can call Talkzone on 0800 511 111, text on 07786 511 111, email talkzone@lancashire.gov.uk, access webtalk services at www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone/get-in-touch.aspx or www.facebook.com/LancashireYPS

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 17th to 25th August 2016

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day  listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

This is an excellent period for new releases with nine films making their debut on the local screens. Adult comedy come with Bad Moms (15); Chevalier (18) and David Brent: Life on the Road (15) whereas family comedy is represented by Get Squirrely (U) and Nine Lives (PG). There is docudrama with Bobby Sands: 66 Days (12A) and family adventure in Swallows and Amazons (PG). Finally there is a phycological sci-fi 400 Days (15) and horror with Lights Out (15).

Absolutely Fabulous: the movie and Ice Age: Collision Course have now vanished from the screens. In addition the film Now You See Me 2 is coming to the end of its screening. However we do see the return of the science fiction Independence Day: Resurgence.

Family oriented movies are very well represented this period with Finding Dory; Get Squirrely; Nine Lives; Pete's Dragon; Swallows and Amazons; The BFG and The Secret Life of Pets.

Adult comedy comes with Bad Moms; David Brent: life on the road; Ghostbusters; Maggie's Plan and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Science fiction on offer includes the psychological drama 400 Days; Star Trek Beyond and Suicide Squad. Also horror makes an appearance in Lights Out.

For drama there is Jason Bourne; Nerve; Now You See me 2; Poor Cow and Stalker.

There is no high culture on offer during this period. However the Dukes is showing Stanley Kubrick's tenth feature film Barry Lyndon, the exploits of an 18th century Irish adventurer.

Reviews

Finding Dory
Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Certificate: U
Cast Includes: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Hayden Rolence
Pixar's sequel to the 2003 movie 'Finding Nemo'. Dory (DeGeneres), who helped reunite Nemo (Rolence) with his father Marlin (Brooks) in the first movie, has a flashback in which she remembers her own family. She decides to look for them despite her problems with a faulty memory. Marlin and Nemo agree to help and the three swim to California to start the search. Dory is caught and held in a marine life institute aquarium for shipping to Cleveland. However with the help of Hank (O'Neill), the octopus she escapes back to the ocean and finds her parents Charlie and Jenny. Now she has to come to the aid of Marlin and Nemo who are also imprisoned in the institute aquarium. The movie is essentially the same plot as the original, but provides impressive animation and contains some emotional scenes. However this is ultimately a fun 'happy ever after' sort of film that will delight people of all ages.

Ghostbusters
Director: Paul Feig
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey
It has been thirty-five years since the original Ghostbusters movie. Now, finally there is a remake where women take the leading parts. Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) are co-authors of a book which postulated that ghosts are real. When supernatural forces invade Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates team up with a nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) and subway worker Patty Tolan (Jones) to combat the malicious demon Rowan (Casey) and a legion of ghouls. The movie pretty much follows the plot of the original, but the actors provide great and extremely funny performances. A terrific movie full of good hearted fun.

Independence Day: Resurgence
Director: Roland Emmerich
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Golgblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch
In the 1996 film 'Independence Day' the earth underwent alien invasion but this was finally repulsed and the attackers were defeated. In the aftermath, earth spent time understanding the alien technology and developing a global defence program with military based on the Moon, Mars and a moon of Saturn. Now twenty years later, the aliens return, with a larger and much more powerful battle fleet. Again earth must fight for its independence. This is a fast moving film with everything bigger and better than the original, thought the plot is a little lighter. Some of the old characters return to provide continuity though Will Smith is absent. A fun, action packed, visually impressive and entertaining movie.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Director: Jake Szyanski
Certificate:15
Cast includes: Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Sugar Lyn Beard
Party loving brothers Mike (Devine) and Dave (Efron) are to attend the wedding of their sister. However their parents insist on their bringing respectable dates to the event who will keep them under control. The brothers advertise on Craigslist and select waitresses Tatiana (Plaza) and Alice (Kendrick) to accompany them, not realising the women are wilder than themselves. There is just sufficient plot in this movie to hold the whole thing together and we are entertained with nudity, sex, drugs and outrageous behaviour. An equal opportunity comedy with occasional hilarity.

Nerve
Director: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
A science fiction crime thriller based on the 2012 novel of the same name. High school senior Venus (Vee) Delmonico (Roberts) is coaxed into being a player in the online reality game of Nerve. Participants can be watchers who pay to watch and suggest dares, or players who accept the dares and receive money if they succeed. Vee is paired with another player Ian (Franco) and they are given challenges that become increasingly dangerous. However it is not easy to leave the game once you have started and the climax leads to a shootout. This is an entertaining movie that gives insight into some the potential dangers to which the internet could be used. An energetic thriller that will appeal to teens.

Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella
This is the thirteenth Star Trek movie and the third in the reboot series. Kirk (Pine) takes the Enterprise on a rescue mission to the planet Altamid. However the ship gets ambushed by a force working for the power mad Krall (Elba). The Enterprise is destroyed and much of the crew captured. It is up to Kirk, Scotty (Pegg), Spock (Quinto), Chekov (Yelchin), McCoy (Urban) and a native fighter Jaylah (Boutella) to save the day. They repair an early generation starfleet vessel that had crashed on the planet and are able to pursue Krull. This is an action packed film with impressive special effects and a good number of impressive battles. The movie harks back to the early days of Star Trek, retracing old ground. A must see film.

The Secret Life of Pets
Director: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
Certificate: U
Cast Includes: Louis C.K., Ellie Kemper, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart
A family animation film that follows the lives of pets living in a Manhattan apartment building during the time their owners leave them alone. Max (Louis) is a rather spoilt terrier who starts to find himself neglected when his owner Katie (Kemper) brings home Duke (Stonestreet), a mongrel, from a dog pound. However the two dogs must put their rivalry behind them when they are captured by Snowball (Hart) a rabbit and an army of abandoned pets who are trying to get back at all happily owned pets and their owners. This is a delightful and energetic animation movie that is inoffensive and fun for all, young and old.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 10th to 18th August 2016

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day  listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

Six new releases make it to the screen this period. There is adult comedy with Mike and Dave need Wedding Dates (15) and Maggie's Plan (15). There is family comedy with Nine Lives (PG) and Disney adventure in Pete's Dragon (PG). Finally there is the mystery/suspense Nerve (15) and horror with The Neon Demon (18).

The movies Central Intelligence and The Legend of Tarzan are no longer being screened. Also Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Ice Age: Collision Course are coming to the end of their screening. However we do see the return of the horror The Conjuring 2.

Films scheduled for release later this month include comedy with David Brent: Life on the Road and family adventure in Get Squirrely

Drama includes the spy adventure Jason Bourne; mystery with Nerve; science fiction action in Star Trek Beyond and superhero adventure with Suicide Squad. In addition there is the drama/documentary The Hard Stop.

Adult comedy comes with Absolutely Fabulous: The movie; Ghostbusters; Maggie's Plan; Men & Chicken and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

There are two horror films being screened this week, the return of The Conjuring 2 and the psychological horror The Neon Demon.

Family entertainment is very well represented with Finding Dory; Ice Age:Collision Course; Kung Fu Panda 3; Pete's Dragon; The Angry Birds Movie; The BFG and The Secret Life of Pets.

High culture comes with Globe: RIchard II and RIchard III: Encore. In addition there is the biopic of Miles Davies with Miles Ahead.

Reviews

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Jennifer Saunders Joanna Lumley, Julis Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks
It was 1992 when Absolutely Fabulous first appeared on the TV and twenty four years later Patsie and Eddy finally make it to the big screen. The couple are blamed for a major incident involving Kate Moss at a fashionable launch party. To escape the paparazzi and poor publicity, they flee, penniless, to the French Riviera, where they concoct a plan to regain their fortune. The film retains the cast of the TV series and a number of major celebrities also make cameo appearances. This is a hilarious film, that maintains the character of the original TV series. Excellent entertainment.

Finding Dory
Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Certificate: U
Cast Includes: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Hayden Rolence
Pixar's sequel to the 2003 movie 'Finding Nemo'. Dory (DeGeneres), who helped reunite Nemo (Rolence) with his father Marlin (Brooks) in the first movie, has a flashback in which she remembers her own family. She decides to look for them despite her problems with a faulty memory. Marlin and Nemo agree to help and the three swim to California to start the search. Dory is caught and held in a marine life institute aquarium for shipping to Cleveland. However with the help of Hank (O'Neill), the octopus she escapes back to the ocean and finds her parents Charlie and Jenny. Now she has to come to the aid of Marlin and Nemo who are also imprisoned in the institute aquarium. The movie is essentially the same plot as the original, but provides impressive animation and contains some emotional scenes. However this is ultimately a fun 'happy ever after' sort of film that will delight people of all ages.

Ghostbusters
Director: Paul Feig
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey
It has been thirty-five years since the original Ghostbusters movie. Now, finally there is a remake where women take the leading parts. Erin Gilbert (Wiig) and Abby Yates (McCarthy) are co-authors of a book which postulated that ghosts are real. When supernatural forces invade Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates team up with a nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) and subway worker Patty Tolan (Jones) to combat the malicious demon Rowan (Casey) and a legion of ghouls. The movie pretty much follows the plot of the original, but the actors provide great and extremely funny performances. A terrific movie full of good hearted fun.

Ice Age: Collision Course
Director: Mike Thurmeier and Galen T Chu
Cast includes: Simon Pegg, Roy Romano, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Hohn Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Chris Wedge
A computer animation family adventure film. This is the fifth instalment in the Ice Age series and the sequel to Continental Drift. Scratt (Wedge), the sabre toothed squirrel, activates an alien UFO in his continued pursuit of the acorn. The craft propels Scratt into outer space and thence causes a planetary collision resulting in the creation of meteors that threaten to engulf the earth. Manny (Romero) the Wooly Mammoth, Sid (Leguizamo) the sloth and Diego (Leary) the sabre toothed tiger hatch a plan with the weasel Buck (Pegg) to save the earth. The plot is quite unbelievable, but the resulting mayhem is as entertaining as ever. New characters are introduced as the movie unfolds and the film a worthy addition to the franchise. Whats not to like?

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Director: Jake Szyanski
Certificate:15
Cast includes: Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Sugar Lyn Beard
Party loving brothers Mike (Devine) and Dave (Efron) are to attend the wedding of their sister. However their parents insist on their bringing respectable dates to the event who will keep them under control. The brothers advertise on Craigslist and select waitresses Tatiana (Plaza) and Alice (Kendrick) to accompany them, not realising the women are wilder than themselves. There is just sufficient plot in this movie to hold the whole thing together and we are entertained with nudity, sex, drugs and outrageous behaviour. An equal opportunity comedy with occasional hilarity.

Nerve
Director: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco
A science fiction crime thriller based on the 2012 novel of the same name. High school senior Venus (Vee) Delmonico (Roberts) is coaxed into being a player in the online reality game of Nerve. Participants can be watchers who pay to watch and suggest dares, or players who accept the dares and receive money if they succeed. Vee is paired with another player Ian (Franco) and they are given challenges that become increasingly dangerous. However it is not easy to leave the game once you have started and the climax leads to a shootout. This is an entertaining movie that gives insight into some the potential dangers to which the internet could be used. An energetic thriller that will appeal to teens.

Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin
Certificate: 12A
Cast includes: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella
This is the thirteenth Star Trek movie and the third in the reboot series. Kirk (Pine) takes the Enterprise on a rescue mission to the planet Altamid. However the ship gets ambushed by a force working for the power mad Krall (Elba). The Enterprise is destroyed and much of the crew captured. It is up to Kirk, Scotty (Pegg), Spock (Quinto), Chekov (Yelchin), McCoy (Urban) and a native fighter Jaylah (Boutella) to save the day. They repair an early generation starfleet vessel that had crashed on the planet and are able to pursue Krull. This is an action packed film with impressive special effects and a good number of impressive battles. The movie harks back to the early days of Star Trek, retracing old ground. A must see film.

The Conjuring 2
Director: James Wan
Certificate: 15
Cast includes: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O' Connor, Madison Wolfe
A sequel to the 2013 film 'The Conjuring'. Lorraine (Farmiga) and Ed (Wilson) Warren are psychic investigators. They hear of a haunting and travel to the UK to help Peggy Hodgson (O'Connor), a single mother of four, who is plagued by poltergeist activity in her London council house. However things get worse when Peggy's youngest daughter Janet (Wolfe) shows signs of daemon possession. The psychic investigators come to find themselves in peril. A superior horror movie which provides plenty of frights and has been well received.

The Secret Life of Pets
Director: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
Certificate: U
Cast Includes: Louis C.K., Ellie Kemper, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart
A family animation film that follows the lives of pets living in a Manhattan apartment building during the time their owners leave them alone. Max (Louis) is a rather spoilt terrier who starts to find himself neglected when his owner Katie (Kemper) brings home Duke (Stonestreet), a mongrel, from a dog pound. However the two dogs must put their rivalry behind them when they are captured by Snowball (Hart) a rabbit and an army of abandoned pets who are trying to get back at all happily owned pets and their owners. This is a delightful and energetic animation movie that is inoffensive and fun for all, young and old.

Friday, 5 August 2016

County Council Cuts Consultation Ends Soon

A screenshot of Lancashire County Council's interactive map identifying planned cuts to local services - as well as those that are continuing
There are just days left to have your say on Lancashire County Council's property review.

Their consultation is seeking people's views on plans to change the way frontline services are delivered and save millions of pounds by reducing the number of buildings the council owns and rents as a result of funding cuts imposed by central government.

Locally, buildings under threat It include the Balmoral Children’s Centre in Morecambe, Ryelands Young People’s Centre, and Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth and Silverdale libraries.

Other library services may also be affected with reduced or changed services.

The consultation runs until Sunday 14th August 2016 and over 5,000 responses have been received since the launch of the public consultation on 18th May.

"The aim of the review is to make sure that we have the buildings we need to provide good access to good services, with a significantly reduced budget," insists County Councillor David Borrow, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council with responsibility for finance.

"In forming the proposals, we've considered a wide range of issues to assess where services should be located, including how easily people can get to them, and the needs of different communities.

"We would very much like people to take this opportunity to look at what is being proposed, and how they might be affected - and to help us shape the final proposals by responding to the consultation."

Under the plans, services would be brought together to form a network of multi-functional buildings known as Neighbourhood Centres, which would provide a base for a range of different services in one place.

Meanwhile many buildings would no longer be used to deliver Lancashire County Council services and the number of places at which some services are available would reduce.

Most responses so far have been received via the county council website www.lancashire.gov.uk, which also features an interactive map highlighting the proposed changes.

Hard copies of the full consultation document, along with shorter versions which detail the proposed changes for each local district, have also been made available to pick up in children's centres and libraries.

Lancashire County Council needs to save £200m by 2020/21 as a result of ongoing government cuts to its budget and rising demand for services. The proposals for buildings respond to savings agreed by Full Council in February 2016, with fewer buildings being needed to deliver reduced services.

Proposed Local Closures



Lancaster and Morecambe


  • Lancaster Balmoral Children’s Centre (Morecambe) (designated)

  • Lancaster Barton Road Young People’s Centre

  • Lancaster Bolton-le-Sands Library

  • Lancaster Carnforth Library

  • Lancaster Firbank Children’s Centre (designated)

  • Lancaster Galgate Children’s Centre (Ellel)

  • Lancaster Heysham Children’s Centre and Young People’s Centre (designated)

  • Lancaster Lancaster Registration Office

  • Lancaster Morecambe Registration Office

  • Lancaster Poulton Children’s Centre (Morecambe) (designated)

  • Lancaster Ryelands Young People’s Centre

  • Lancaster Silverdale Library


Wyre


  • Wyre Cleveleys Library and Children’s Centre

  • Wyre Fleetwood Children’s Centre (designated)

  • Wyre Garstang Young People’s Centre

  • Wyre Northfleet Library

  • Wyre Over Wyre Children’s Centre (Hambleton satellite)

  • Wyre Over Wyre Children’s Centre (Preesall satellite)

  • Wyre Poulton-le-Fylde Children’s Centre

  • Wyre Preesall Young People’s Centre

  • Wyre Rural Wyre Children’s Centre (Garstang) (designated)

  • Wyre Thornton Library

  • Wyre Thornton Young People’s Centre

  • Wyre Thornton Youth Offending Team (Marsh Mill)

• There's a full list for all of Lancashire here via the Clitheroe Advertiser (heaven forfend the County Council would actually post it in an obvious position on their own web site)