Friday, 11 December 2009

Changes to Christmas Refuse Collections

Lancaster City Council is suspending collections of green garden waste for the week of 21 - 26 December and will be collecting non-recyclable waste instead.

The change is being made to help cope with the extra non-recyclable waste that households produce at Christmas. Your collection dates may change to fit around the holiday (read on for new dates).

Recyclable waste collections will continue to alternate as normal. Although no additional recycling service will be offered the council will always collect extra recycling put out for collection.

Please ensure that all glass is inside the green boxes with yellow lids. Cardboard should be cut down into pieces no bigger than your recycling box lid and any extra paper, cans, card, textiles and plastic bottles can be put out in separate, clearly-labelled carrier bags.

There are also a number of changes to the days on which your non-recyclable waste will be collected.
Below are the changes throughout the festive period that will affect all households. These are shown on the collection calendar that was sent to you in June.

Usual day - Amended collection day:

Monday 21st December - Saturday 19th December

Tuesday 22nd December - Monday 21st December

Wednesday 23rd December - Tuesday 22nd December

Thursday 24th December - Wednesday 23rd December

Friday 25th December - Thursday 24th December


Then no change until:

Friday 1st January - Saturday 2nd January

If you have any queries regarding your refuse or recycling collections this Christmas please consult your collection calendar, email recycling@lancaster.gov.uk or call Customer Services on 01524 582491.

Information is available on the council’s website www.lancaster.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Conservation Area Conservation Consultation delayed

Lancaster City Council has decided to delay the start of its planned boundary review consultation for local conservation areas following legal proceedings brought by SAVE Britain's Heritage against Lancaster City Council, the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government and Mitchells of Lancaster (see news stories here and here).

Following the temporary injunction obtained by SAVE on 3 December 2010 to prevent the demolition of the Mitchell's Brewery buildings, an application for Judicial Review was made to the High Court by SAVE on 7 December 2009. As a result of such action, the Council says injunctive relief has been extended until such a time as the Judicial Review has been determined.

The City Council is now seeking legal advice on whether it is appropriate to start the public consultation exercise whilst Judicial Review proceedings are ongoing.

A further notice will be posted on the Council’s website once the consultation period has commenced.

The consultation period will not be reduced as a result, but will be extended accordingly and the Council has apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Morecambe Town Council Condemns Link Road Plans

Morecambe Town Council has overwhelmingly objected to link road orders issued by Lancashire County Council as it continues its plans to press ahead with the controversial and increasingly hugely expensive road scheme that would see a new road built between the motorway and Heysham port.

On Tuesday, the Council voted 17-1 to object to the plans for the highly controversial Heysham M6 Link road, objecting to the Compulsory Purchase and Side Road Orders and requesting a reconsideration of all of the issues by a government appointed inspector. The grounds mentioned were inconvenience, loss of amenities, environmental damage, and adverse effects on residents, flora and fauna.

"Recent flood events in Cumbria, only a few miles from the catchment area of our River Lune, show that we must be absolutely certain that all the calculations have been done correctly," argued Councillor Roger Dennison, "or we could create similar problems here. This scheme must be looked at again."

Morecambe Town Council joins a long list of opponents of the scheme, including the district’s MP Geraldine Smith, Lancaster City Council, Friends of the Earth and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe, who represent the majority of the residents of the district who oppose the damaging and destructive road.

The Council's objections come hot on the heels of the revelation that County Council planners have completely missed out an important step in the statutory planning process required for their Heysham M6 Link road plans meaning they will have to go back to the drawing board - literally - to come up with new plans, adding further cost to the much criticised scheme (see news story).

Councillor Geoff Marsland said that he had spoken to a representative of the Government Office for the North West, who confirmed that this was exactly the sort of objection to the road plan they would consider seriously.

"This scheme is being driven by Lancashire County Councillors from County Hall in Preston," argues David Gate, chair of local transport campaign group TSLM. "It doesn't have Council support where it matters, in the north of Lancashire. Up here, everyone wants integrated transport plans which would bring together Lancaster, Morecambe and the University, by tackling local congestion and improving in town transport measures.

"No one wants a lorry generating ferry link road, which destroys the green belt and produces 23,500 tonnes of extra CO2 a year, at twice the cost of the integrated transport measures."

The road would also not alleviate local traffic problems between Lancaster and Lancaster University, with 'rush hour' traffic becoming an increasing problem in term time, affecting commuters and bus passengers alike.

Coastline Plan Consultation Begins

nw_coastline_map.gifLancaster City Council has begun a consultation on management plans for the local coastline, working with North West England and North Wales Coastal Group, the Environment Agency and other organisations.

The aim is to plan the best way to manage our changing coast, now and for future generations and the Council is asking for local views to make sure that the plans are realistic, suitable and achievable through several channels, including a new web site, www.mycoastline.org. The closing date for consultation responses is 14th February 2010.

Our coastline is changing, as waves, tides, wind and storms move sand and sediment around the coast and estuaries, changing the way that the shoreline looks, works and protects our homes and towns. In addition, climate change will affect these processes and the Council argues it is important that they take action now to prepare for the future.

To help to deal with the consequences of a changing coast a long term Shoreline Management Plan to set out how our shoreline is managed is needed, to identify how to manage our coast over a long period of time. SMPs analyse the social, environmental and economic effects of different management regimes and the consequences on the protection of communities and land against coastal erosion and flooding.

“We are not able to protect all coastal homes, businesses, land and wildlife habitats from coastal erosion and flooding," explains Coun Jon Barry, Cabinet member with responsibility for the environment at Lancaster City Council, "but with help, we will know where these risks are greatest and set out effective ways to manage these in a sustainable way.”

SMPs provide evidence and guidance for Local Authorities, the Environment Agency and other organisations enabling them to plan the management of their coastline and incorporate these matters within the planning regime.

Pete Fox, Environment Agency North West Flood and Coastal Risk Manager added: “It’s really important that local communities work with the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and others to produce the Shoreline Management Plans and Coastal Erosion Risk Maps. This will ensure we all get the best possible outcomes for people and the environment in the area and beyond.”

• To have your say on the plans and find out more visit www.mycoastline.org, and you can send your feedback by email via that web site or in writing to North West England and North Wales Coastal Group, c/o Mrs F Crayston, Blackpool Borough Council, Westgate House, Squires Lane, Blackpool FY4 2TS.



• Copies of the draft plan are also available for inspection at Morecambe and Lancaster Town Halls.

Warning over alarm company claiming to be working with police

Local residents are being warned about an alarm company currently cold calling in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

Sales staff are contacting householders by telephone and falsely claiming to be working with the police, while offering numerous free gifts such as security marking pens. The company are then using high pressure tactics to make arrangements for their sales teams and installers to call at the address.

Jan Brown, crime prevention officer for the Lancaster and Morecambe district, said: “If anyone is approached by this company, they must not feel pressured into agreeing to business on their doorstep.

“Often what may seem like a bargain at the time can be found cheaper from alternative retailers and advice is available from the crime prevention office who can supply information about choosing a domestic intruder alarm for your home.

“Lancashire Police will provide crime prevention advice and security marking pens free of charge and these are available from the main police stations in the area.

“The crime prevention office at Morecambe police station also offers free crime prevention advice about any issue and we would encourage people to come and talk to us if they need any advice.”

• For further advice, you can either visit or call the Crime Prevention team on 01524 596988 or Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Link road planners sail into deep water

Lancashire County Council (LCC) planners have completely missed out an important step in the statutory planning process required for their Heysham M6 Link road plans meaning they will have to go back to the drawing board - literally - to come up with new plans, adding further cost to the much criticised scheme.

The County Council is required by law to provide a scheme under the Highways Act for the massive new low-level bridge over the River Lune, which is, at Halton, a navigable water. The Council has gone ahead with its Compulsory Purchase procedure without the necessary scheme, even though they were told by the Department for Transport that this would be needed.

The Government Office for the North East (GONE), acting on behalf of the Department for Transport, actually advised LCC's Solicitors in January 2009 that, if the river is navigable, then a scheme would be required.

"It seems that neither the lawyers nor the planners bothered to investigate whether the river is navigable at Halton," said David Gate, chair of local transport campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe. "Everyone in this part of the world knows that the River Lune is most definitely navigable on that stretch, and we have collected a large body of evidence and sent it to the DfT to prove the point. Several boat and canoe clubs have used this stretch of river for many years. Local people have rowed on the River Lune for over a hundred years."

In the face of this mass of evidence of navigation, the County Council will have no alternative but to make a scheme for the road bridge, submit it to the DfT for consideration and publish it for possible objection. As a minimum, TSLM believe this will add significantly to the timetable and the omission may also delay DfT consideration of a further public inquiry into the controversial £140 million road plans.

"The County Council has simply ignored the comments of government experts and gone full steam ahead with their plans," says David. "The planners from Preston have once again ignores local people. They have rushed to try and secure taxpayer funding before the Government implements spending cuts, but now they may have sailed their plan onto the rocks."

CCTV released after theft from car at country club

thurnham.jpgPolice have released a CCTV image after valuables were stolen from a car parked outside Thurnham Hall Country Club at 2.40pm on Friday 13th November, when its window was smashed.

Among the items stolen, worth over £1,500, were two cameras, an Ipod Nano and various books and DVDs.

Police would now like to speak to the people pictured in the CCTV image in order to eliminate them from their inquiries.

Please contact Lancashire police on 01524 63333 or Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.

Morecambe landlady fined for flytip offence

Illegal Fly Tipping on Back Castle Lane, Lancaster, in March 2009


A Morecambe landlady has been fined after rubbish was illegally dumped in a quiet country lane in Lancaster.

Susan Stewart, the licensee of the Royal Hotel, Morecambe, was prosecuted by Lancaster City Council following a fly tipping incident in Green Lane, also known as Back Castle Lane, in March this year.

The council’s case, which was heard by Lancaster magistrates on Thursday 3rd December, was that Miss Stewart, who had recently moved from the Bath Hotel to the Royal Hotel, Morecambe, had waste that needed to be removed from both properties. Miss Stewart employed two men and a van to remove the rubbish, which was subsequently dumped in Lancaster.

Under environmental protection laws, anyone wanting to dispose of waste has a ‘duty of care’ and must make sure it is done so lawfully. If they employ a third party on their behalf then that person must hold a waste carriers licence.

The court heard that in this case Miss Stewart did not check that the people transporting the waste had a licence and did not receive a transfer note for the waste. She therefore failed in her duty of care and was equally liable for the flytipping.

She pleaded guilty to three offences and was fined £400 and ordered to pay £300 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

“The council is committed to maintaining the cleanliness of our district," commented Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for cleansing and the environment, Coun Jon Barry. "Whether it's a case like this, or someone dumping a single bin bag in a back street, fly tipping is something that spoils the appearance of the area. Once a fly tip is identified it then has to be cleaned up and investigated, all of which creates a cost to the council tax payer."

• For more details about how to make sure waste is disposed of legally visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling or call 01524 582491.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas Club Cash Stolen

Local police are appealing for information after thieves stole packets of money destined for members of a Christmas club.

At around 1.25pm on Saturday, 5th December, a substantial amount of cash was stolen from a vehicle parked in Laureston Avenue, Heysham.

The money was contained in 25 separate large brown envelopes, which were inside a blue plastic tray.

Two men approached the rear of the vehicle while the owner was in the driveway, opened the boot and removed the tray and envelopes. Both offenders then ran off onto Emmaus Road, towards the children’s centre, before running onto Middleton Way.

They then got into a silver Audi, driven by a third male, near to Heysham Towers. All three then made off in the direction of Morecambe.

The two males who ran from Laureston Avenue are described as white, in their late teens to early 20s, of slim build and were both approximately 5’8” to 5’10” tall. Both were wearing dark coloured sports clothing and had their hoods up.

The driver of the Audi is described as in his late 30s to early 40s, of large solid build, with a pale complexion, and wearing a camel coloured suede coat and light brown baseball cap.

DS Steve Lloyd, Morecambe CID, said: “This incident will have affected a large number of people who were involved in the club and it will be especially hard for them as we are now nearing Christmas, when the money would have been greatly needed.

“I would urge anyone with information about this incident to get in touch with us.”

• If you think you saw these people or this vehicle or anything suspicious please contact Lancashire police on 01524 63333 (quote Log number LC-20091205-0811) or Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.

Make Sure Santa is Your Only Intruder at Christmas

Home owners are being given crime prevention tips to make sure they don’t fall victim to crime this Christmas.

At this time of year, expensive presents are starting to be placed around trees – and can prove tempting to passing thieves. Opportunist thieves may take every opportunity to take advantage of a careless act, like your front door being left unlocked while you're upstairs - and take what they can.

Crime prevention officer Jan Brown, Lancashire Police, said: “Having bought all those wonderful presents, don't make it easy for someone to steal from your home.

“Keep them out of sight until last thing on Christmas Eve and if you 'hide' or store larger items such as bicycles in the shed or outbuildings, make sure they are very secure.”

Other tips for beating the burglars and keeping your home safe...

• Take the frame numbers of new cycles and the serial numbers of new electrical equipment for future reference. Remember, empty boxes left outside advertise that you have new goods inside - dispose of packing carefully.

• If you go out for the evening - make it look like someone is at home by turning on lights and the radio. Don't leave curtains open so people can see your decorations as potential thieves can see in.

• Be extra careful about locking doors and windows.

• As a fire precaution, don't leave Christmas lights on in the house whilst you are out.

• If you go away for the holiday period, use an automatic timer for lights and ask a trusted neighbour to watch your home.

• Don't forget to cancel newspapers and milk if you have them delivered and either redirect your mail through the Post Office or have your neighbour take mail into the house - unopened Christmas cards and mail are a sure sign that a house is empty.

Is This Your Cat?

image002.jpgDetails of this cat were submitted to www.MyMoggy.com on 1st December 2009.

The cat was found in Gloucester Avenue, Lancaster on around 16th November 2009.

'Pussykins' is approximately 1 - 2yr old DSH female with Green eyes (Black spot in left eye), White with Brown, Tan and White from eyes down to and including front paws and is now in the care of Animal Care, Blea Tarn, Scotforth, Tel: 01524 65495.

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