From the Guardian files

The former Nightingale Hall Farm site.
The former Nightingale Hall Farm site.

What was happening around the district five, 10 and 25 years ago this week.

Five years ago

June 4 2010

A quarter of jobs could be axed by town hall chiefs in Lancaster as they prepared to bear their share of the burden of looming public service cuts. The Lancaster City Council chief executive said that the council would have to reduce in size by around 25 per cent over the following four years – and that could mean the loss of more than 230 jobs, with all departments vulnerable to cuts.

Developers Centros – whose £150 million retail-led scheme for Lancaster was rejected by the government – were to work together with the city council and other interested groups to draw up new plans for the site. The move came after English Heritage called the parties together in a bid to establish some common ground.

A bus service was diverted from Lancaster’s Ryelands estate after a yob hurled a brick through a window, narrowly missing a shocked passenger.

The new Vicar of Lancaster made his presence known in the city by choosing to fly the St George’s flag at the Priory in support of the England squad playing in the World Cup.

The owners of controversial former animal rendering site Nightingale Hall Farm still hoped to be able to build houses on the land. Fats and Protein Limited, who owned the Quernmore Road site, had been given outline planning permission to build 165 homes on the land in 2007, but plans were delayed by the recession.

Ten years ago

June 3 2005

Mobile phone giant O2 were once more on a collision course with Lancaster residents after the company applied for planning permission to erect a mast in the area. The council received an application to site a 15-metre mast at the corner of West Drive and Scale Hall Lane. The mast – described in plans as a “furniture pole” – would resemble a street light. The council planning department had sent letters to every home in the area inviting comments.

Funding for the ambitious plans to transform Lancaster-s Storey Institute received a temporary setback. A decision on a £1.94 million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was expected. However it was revealed that the Storey proposal would not be put to a HLF meeting until September.

Plans were before the council for a new £1.5 million hotel on the site of the Railton Hotel in station Road, Lancaster. The owner wanted to demolish the 15-bedroom property and replace it with a modern 39-bed hotel.

Police in Lancaster confiscated almost 100 cans of alcohol over a weekend in a crackdown on underage drinking. The move was part of the new Lancashire Constabulary Summer Nights initiative targeted at anti-social behaviour. Officers staged the booze clampdown, code named Operation Leti, in all areas of the city.

Twenty five years ago

June 1 1990

Basic human rights were being denied Lancaster and Morecambe families caught in the poverty trap, according to a damning new report. The report, released by the North Lancashire Child Poverty Action group, revealed that up to 11,000 people in the district were living in poverty. It claimed that, in respect of these people, the Government may be in breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stated everyone had the right to health and well being including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services. The report was circulated to all local political parties, the health authority, local authority committees, local schools and MPs.

Almost a third of the staff serving Lancaster’s Employment Training scheme were likely to lose their jobs following Government cutback in funding. Union representatives were fighting to get severance payments for their members.

Lancaster’s very own warship was given the traditional royal send-off in Glasgow when the Queen, the Duke of Lancaster, launched the 3,500-ton vessel. After HMS Lancaster slid down Yarrow Shipbuilders’ slipway into the River Clyde, the Royal Air Force’s only remaining Lancaster bombed made a low pass over the Royal Navy’s latest anti-submarine frigate. A civic party from Lancaster were present at the launch to initiate links between the city and the vessel.