One year on from Storm Desmond – are we better prepared?

When Storm Desmond struck on the night of Saturday, December 5, the levels of water entering the River Lune caused devastating impact.

Stock views of Preston- County Hall.  PIC BY ROB LOCK

Solar park set to go ahead despite neighbours’ fears

Retrospective plans to create a solar park at a water treatment works in Lancaster look set to be given the green light.

The Site of the Former Dome in Morecambe

Drug bushes chopped down at prom site

Bushes in which people were drinking, taking drugs , going to the toilet and camping out have been chopped down by the council.

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Villagers are spitting feathers over hen farm plans

Villagers are spitting feathers over hen farm plans

Residents of a hamlet near Over Kellet say plans for a third hen farm on land next to their homes would turn the area into an “chicken industrial estate”.

Fracking demo in Manchester

Lancaster residents join anti-fracking demo in Manchester

A Lancaster councillor told protestors at an anti-fracking demo in Manchester that Lancashire has been “betrayed by the government”.

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GB1 north Lancashire greenbelt proposal

Lancaster’s neighbourhood plans - are they worth it?

Next month a draft plan for the development of up to 12,200 new homes in the Lancaster district will be revealed.

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Ye Olde Fighting Cock, Arnside.

Up to 74 new homes on the cards for Arnside and Silverdale AONB

Proposals to build new houses and create employment opportunities in Arnside, Silverdale, Beetham and Warton have been published by Lancaster City Council and South Lakeland District Council.

The interactive maps indicate potential risk of flooding

Interactive map: Is your home or business at risk of flooding?

A new interactive map shows exactly where flooding could occur across the Lancaster district.

Deadly Harlequin ladybirds mingle with native species on a tree at Preston Golf Club

Ladykillers fly in to bug the locals

The collective noun for ladybirds might be “a loveliness,” but there’s nothing lovely about the little blighters which have invaded Britain.

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Carnforth Conservation Area in Lancashire has been added to the Heritage at Risk Register this year and it contains a remarkably intact collection of railway buildings, including these 1930s concrete coal and ash plants, built by Italian prisoners of war.

Historic railway buildings on ‘at risk’ register

Carnforth’s conservation area including Steam Town has been added to Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.

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The protest against fracking outside Barclays on Friday.

Anti-fracking campaigners hold Lancaster protest against Barclays’ ownership of fracking company

Anti-fracking campaigners held a protest outside Lancaster’s branch of Barclays Bank in a bid to expose the bank’s investments in a fracking project.

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Advice on how to keep rats at bay

Advice on how to keep rats at bay

It’s that time of year again when households across the borough are plagued by rats.

Flooding in Lancaster in December.

Lancaster MP Cat Smith calls for government funding for local flood defences

Lancaster MP Cat Smith has launched a campaign urging members of the public to support her letter to the Chancellor to secure funds for flood defences in Lancaster.

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The last flood warning last week for the River Wyre

LATEST: Flood warnings still in place for Lancashire

Flood warnings remained in place for parts of Lancashire today.

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Coun Abi Mills, second from right, with local residents and members of 16th Lancaster Scout Group.

Lancaster park and woodland in safe hands

A new group tasked with looking after and improving a city woodland will be hosting a consultation event next month.

The view from Skerton Bridge

Lancaster student village work ‘to begin in the summer of 2017’

A major new student development in Lancaster would be completed within two years, if plans are given the go-ahead.

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Tree climbing is on the decline in the north west

Less than half of north west children have ever climbed a tree, survey reveals

A new survey has revealed that children in the region are better at identifying a Pokemon than a species of bird.

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Morning rush hour traffic in Lancaster travelling across Skerton Bridge.

Major new transport plan agreed for Lancaster district

An ambitious new transport plan which provides the blueprint for a “prosperous and better-connected, less congested, and greener Lancaster” has been agreed by Lancashire County Council’s cabinet.

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Patricia Davies, chairman of Preston New Road Action Group.

Fracking campaigner: “This Government neither listens nor can it be trusted”

Anti-fracking campaigners have blasted the government for overturning three councils’ decisions to reject fracking in Fylde.

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Henry Wild in part of the wildflower meadow now bursting with nectar-bearing blooms loved by honey bees.

Dog-friendly caravan park takes the lead for bees

A Lancaster caravan park has sown the seeds of survival for endangered honey bees by swapping pooches for pollen in part of its grounds.

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