From the Guardian files

The Elms Hotel.
The Elms Hotel.

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

5 years ago

Plans for a new science park – which would create 1,100 jobs in Lancaster – had been given the green light by the city council. An outline application for the park between the A6 and Bailrigg Lane, and a full application for a new access road and ‘spine’ road, was approved by the planning committee. Depending on funding, an Innovation Centre to support growth of new small businesses was expected to start in 2012 at a cost of £15 million.

Controversial plans to build a storage facility for nuclear demolition robots in Warton had been withdrawn. The plans to demolish former storage buildings in Sand Lane and replace them with a two-storey workshop to house the robots had sparked 59 objections. The robots would not have been returned to the site after use at nuclear installations.

A 150-year-old Morecambe hotel was to be demolished to make way for apartments. Plans were given the go-ahead to demolish the Elms Hotel, in Bare, at a Lancaster City Council planning meeting despite objections from nearby residents and a city councillor.

10 years ago

Drivers taking short cuts to avoid traffic jams in Lancaster were caught out. Lancaster police were out in force to catch car drivers who used the city’s bus lane to avoid lengthy queues. Ninety-one car drivers were caught at four locations around the city, in Parliament Street, Morecambe Road, Chapel Street and Spring Garden Street. The motorists were each issued with a £30 fine.

Thirty sheep had been saved from the butcher’s shop and all had found new homes. The Welsh and Welsh Cross Dorsets were surplus to requirements on a farm in Wales and were heading to the slaughter house until Animal Care, in Scotforth, stepped forward to re-house them. The flock was moving on to their new homes in Yealand and Wennington.

Carnforth High School achieved specialist school status as a science college. This new status meant that additional money would be available to improve the teaching areas for science and mathematics. The school was the first specialist science college in North Lancashire.

Residents in Slyne were delighted at Lancaster City Council’s decision to refuse permission to erect a mobile telephone mast on the shoreline. The mobile telephone company was planning to erect the 20-metre tower with four antennas and two transmission dishes on land belonging to VVV Health and Leisure Club, but the planning committee agreed with the campaigning residents. Marine Drive residents joined together to oppose the phone mast because they believed the location was inappropriate, they would lose their open outlook on the sea and they were concerned about the potential health problems associated with telephone masts.

25 years ago

Mounting controversy over plans for a new roundabout on Morecambe Road had led to a re-think by the county council. Sunnyfield Nurseries said it would put them out of business unnecessarily, Sunnyfield School had expressed extreme anxiety and a protest petition had been signed by 1,700 residents in the area. The roundabout, due to be built on the site of the nurseries, was for the new Heysham-M6 link road which would run from Trumacar Lane across Heaton-with-Oxcliffe and cut through White Lund Industrial Estate to exit on to Morecambe Road.

British Rail workers at Liverpool were all set for their annual trip to Morecambe. Around 900 staff and their families from Edge Hill Social Club looked forward to boarding their usual special train heading for the sun, fun and sea.

But when they heard what “getting there” would cost, even at a concessionary rate, they decided it was indeed cheaper by bus, a third of the price in fact. So they told BR: “Thanks, but no thanks”, and hired seven double decker buses instead.