From the Guardian files

The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
The Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

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

25 years ago

A massive housing development between Lancaster and Morecambe swallowing the last green area separating them and incorporating a big, complex, roundabout at the Morecambe Road – Ovangle Road junction, was being rushed through without adequate public consultation, it was claimed. Lancaster planning committee deferred approval of both a development brief for the Morecambe Road housing site and an outline application for residential development, to allow more time for consultation.

Hotel, garden centre, shops and craft units could be erected at the former Hornsea Pottery on the edge of Lancaster, following action by city planning councillors who took the first steps towards the site’s regeneration. They granted an outline application by a developer who hoped to provide a hotel, restaurant and pub, covered plaza, small shops and craft kiosks.

Although city officials expected “a beneficial effect”, the opening of two new drilling platforms in Morecambe Bay was unlikely to lead to a substantial number of new jobs at Heysham.

10 years ago

Greyhound Bridge in Lancaster needed £800,000 worth of repairs, a move that threatened to deepen traffic gloom in the district. Joints under the structure were showing signs of wear and the road surface was rutted. The news came as city councillors prepared for an extraordinary meeting on the bypass. A decision on the route for a Heysham-M6 link was to be made within the next two weeks.

A Slyne churchyard had been chosen as one of the best in the country. St Luke’s, in Shady Lane, had made it on to the national shortlist for the Best Kept Churchyard in Great Britain. The winning church would receive £1,000, with second and third prizes of £500 and £250 respectively. St Luke’s was chosen because of its attractive grounds and the restored and improved natural areas. It was also picked because community events were held in the garden including barbecues, fetes and the annual Great Easter Egg Hunt.

A mindless act of vandalism forced the council to move the Brock Street dinosaur – erected as part of the Sir Richard Owen bicentenary celebrations – out of the city centre. The massospondylus was meant to stand on the site of Owen’s birth until the end of the summer. It was moved to the council nursery at the CCS White Lund depot.

More than two thirds of residents in the Morecambe Bay area wanted to ban smoking in restaurants and cafes. The Morecambe Bay Tobacco Alliance held a poll across the bay and found that 67 per cent of smokers, ex-smokers and non-smokers wanted smoking to be banned in public places. These views also agreed with the results from the Big Smoke Debate’s North West consultation exercise.

5 years ago

The number of assaults on patients and staff at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary had increased – despite security guards being introduced to address the problem.

Since April, two guards had been stationed in the hospital’s accident and emergency department from 7pm to 7am every day.

In the three months before the scheme began there were 37 violent and verbal incidents but in the four months from April to July there were 69. Even allowing for the extra month of data that represented a significant increase.

Maisie wasn’t a happy bunny after spending the night in the engine compartment of her owner’s car. But thanks to local firefighters, the four-month old rabbit got out unscathed and was reunited with her owner the next day.

A Lancaster woman officially opened the new TK Maxx store in Lancaster as hundreds queued to pick up a bargain or two.