Friday, 8 May 2009

Poll Cards in the Post for June Elections

Local voters should be on the lookout for their poll cards for the June elections to Morecambe Parish Council, Lancashire County Council and the European Parliament will take place on Thursday, 4th June.

12 parties have put forward candidates for the European elections: the British National Party, the Christian Party, the Conservatives, the Jury Team, the Liberal Democrats, No2EU, Pro Democracy: Libertas.eu, the Socialist Labour Party, the Green Party, the Labour Party and the United Kingdom Independence Party. There is only one Independent candidate - Francis
Apaloo from Blackburn.

There will also be a by-election for Castle Ward on the city council following the resignation of Catriona Stamp and there are four candidates: Melanie Forrest (Green), Billy Hill (Conservative), Richard John Newman-Thompson (Labour) and Rebecca Joan Parris (Liberal Democrats)

Poll cards have been sent to every registered voter telling them where their polling station is and some key information about the election.

People who have already applied to vote by post will also receive a card reminding them that they will be voting by post at these elections.

Anyone who has not received their poll card should contact Lancaster City Council to check that they are on the electoral register.

Anyone who is not registered has until 19th May to make an application. This date is also the deadline for anyone wishing to apply to vote by post.

• For further information telephone 01524 582905 or visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/elections

Direct Links:

European Parliament Election Information
PDF of Nominations for European Parliament

Lancashire County Council Election Information
PDF of Nominations for Lancashire County Council Elections


Lancaster City Council Election Information
(See above for candidate information)

Parish Council Event Information
PDF of Nominations for Parish Council

EDF begins nuclear land sale process at Heysham

Heysham Power StationEDF Energy has begun a sales process relating to the divestment of land potentially suitable for new nuclear build at Heysham and Dungeness in Kent.

The process will result in EDF Energy selling one site, at Dungeness or Heysham, which were acquired as a result of EDF Energy's integration with British Energy in January.

The sale will allow EDF to deliver on a commitment it made to the European Commission as part of the acquisition of British Energy, which is also in line with the policy of the UK Government to have more than one developer of new nuclear power plants in the UK.

In the first stage of the sale process, advertised in the Financial Times today, EDF Energy will invite credible nuclear operators to come forward with expressions of interest in the sites.

“We believe these sites have good potential for new build and will be attractive to potential developers of nuclear power plants," argues Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, Managing Director Nuclear New Build. "This is an important step towards Government’s objective of competition in new nuclear build in the UK. It goes hand in hand with our own plans to build and operate four EPRs in the UK with the first operational by the end of 2017 as we seek to help address the country’s long-term energy issues.”

The land will only be sold to a credible nuclear operator, that being defined as an organisation that currently operates a nuclear power plant anywhere in the world and operates an electricity generating station subject to UK regulations, or is committed to doing so. The decision on which of the two sites will be sold will be a matter for the successful bidder. The purchaser will be allowed to carry out further investigations before reaching a decision.

The sale does not affect the operational power stations at Heysham and Dungeness which will continue to be operated by British Energy (part of EDF Energy).

The combination of EDF Energy and British Energy in January formed one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the UK’s largest producer of electricity. With a current installed capacity of around 16.5GW, EDF, which employs some 20,000 people nationwide -- 1500 at Heysham, putting £50million in wages annually into the local economy -- and produces almost one-quarter of the nation's electricity from its nuclear, coal and gas power stations, as well as combined heat and power plants and wind farms.

In total, the company says it provides power to a quarter of the UK’s population via our electricity distribution networks in London, the South East and the East of England and supply gas and electricity to over 5.5 million business and residential customers.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Murdered Man's Wife's Appeal for Witnesses

The wife of a man who died following an incident in a Lancaster pub has made a direct appeal to those responsible to hand themselves in to police.

As we reported last week, police were called to a disturbance at the Sir Richard Owen Wetherspoon pub on Spring Garden Street at about 4.15pm on Thursday, April 23, where a large group of men had been fighting.

Dave Bolton, 45, a self-employed carpenter from Preston, was discovered seriously injured at the scene and was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary. However he sadly died on Friday, April 24. A post mortem examination established cause of death as head injury.

Last week, Mr Bolton's wife, Michelle appealed to those responsible for her husband's death to "do the right thing" and make themselves known to police.

Mrs Bolton said: "Go to the police station and hand yourself in. Do the right thing.

"This has absolutely devastated us. It doesn't seem real - it's like it's happening to someone else.

"I was with Dave for 27 years, married for 23. We did everything together as a family. He was an absolutely fantastic person. This has absolutely devastated our sons."

Detectives are currently sifting through CCTV footage in the hunt for clues and are urging anyone who was in the pub at the time who has not yet spoken to police to come forward - before detectives contact them.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Murphy, who is leading the investigation, said: "Dave was a committed family man and the family are absolutely devastated about what has happened.

"Dave died as a result of a tragic incident involving two groups who were out in Lancaster celebrating St George's Day.

"During that disturbance, Dave received a fatal head injury. A number of enquiries are being undertaken to find out exactly what happened.

"We're currently studying CCTV and obtaining statements from a number of people to give us clarity as to who was there and what happened.

"As Michelle said, we would appeal for those persons connected with either group who haven't yet spoken to police to come forward and make themselves known to police."

DCI Murphy added: "Lancashire Constabulary understands the impact this incident will have on the confidence of everyone involved. I would like to reassure everyone we will leave no stone unturned in identifying these people."

• Anyone with information should contact Lancashire police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.