From the Guardian files

Lancaster Homeless Centre in Edward Street.
Lancaster Homeless Centre in Edward Street.

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

Five years ago

A new £250,000 bar, club and restaurant was set to open in Lancaster, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.

The former Walkabout pub in Dalton Square was being transformed into The Dalton Rooms. Work had already started and the finished wine bar was expected to open in September.

A homeless centre had been saved from closure after staff secured funding of more than £100,000 over three years. The manager at the Lancaster District Homeless Action Service in Edward Street said the centre had been “three or four months” from closure until it received the grant from the Tudor Trust.

Firefighters were called to Greyhound Bridge in Lancaster after rubbish in the steelwork was set alight. Two fire engines from Lancaster and one from Morecambe were called to the bridge between Parliament Street and Morecambe Road after a member of the public reported smoke billowing out of the structure.

Crews used an aerial ladder platform to get down to the fire, which began after an accumulation of rubbish in the steelwork was torched.

10 years ago

Eighteen months to find a dentist, registering with clinics 200 miles away and even our MP couldn’t get a filling – that was the state of Lancaster’s dental service. Ben Wallace, MP for Lancaster and Wyre, had been unable to find a dentist for two-and-a-half years, and confirmed he had received a complaint from a Lancaster resident registered to a dentist in Chepstow in Wales because they couldn’t find one in the area.

Lancaster residents spoke out against an ‘affordable’ housing development which they claimed would affect their quality of life. Planning permission had originally been refused for 100 apartments and six offices on the site of the former G and L Car Services in Wheatfield Street. However the developers lodged an appeal against the city council’s decision which prompted a public inquiry.

Residents in Brookhouse and Caton were celebrating after completing the Paleys’ Wood Project. The site, which was formerly a council highways yard and chippings dump, had been redundant for many years but a community group had turned it into a wildlife reserve and native woodland.

25 years ago

Councillors warmly welcomed a suggestion for a Museum of Law at Lancaster Castle if the building ceased to be a prison in the future. At the first meeting of the Museums’ Service Group members gave their backing to the project costing millions, which could see a major tourist attraction developed in the castle which in itself had a long legal history.

The City’s Chief Solicitor asked for an extra £13,000 to tackle the increasing backlog of debts on the council’s books. Reporting to the city’s support services group, he explained that the computerised system which catalogued debtors was reaching the limit of its capacity and measures would have to be taken to deal with the problem.

Hundreds of villagers in Caton and Brookhouse were outraged when they discovered that they could be faced with enormous bills because of a bureaucratic blunder made more than 20 years before. The villagers had applied, on the advice of the parish council, to have their sewers adopted by the new water company, after it was revealed that they were unadopted owing to an oversight when the area was administered by Lunesdale Rural District Council. Unadopted sewers would result in the householders being forced to meet the cost of repairs.