What was happening around the district five, 10 and 25 years ago this week
Five years ago
May 7 2010
Plans to build two 100m-high wind turbines on land next to Lancaster University had been recommended for refusal by the city council. The university put forward the plans for the £7.4 million turbines, to be built on farm land between the M6 and Hazelrigg Lane, the previous year. A number of public consultations were held in and around Lancaster go gauge opinion. Many residents living close to the site opposed the proposals, saying the turbines – which the university claimed would provide it with more than a third of the electricity it needed – were just too big.
Sheltered housing for the elderly and ‘affordable’ housing association flats could be built on the site of the Booths store in Scotforth. The supermarket chain was waiting for a decision from Lancaster City Council on a planning application to build a new store on council-owned land at Lawson’s Bridge off the A6. If it was approved, Booths would bulldoze its Hala Road store and submit plans for the site’s future use.
Owners of the former Nightingale Hall farm animal rendering plant were hoping to get plans for 165 homes on the site back on track. The scheme received outline planning permission in 2007 but was delayed by the recession. The planning consent had expired but Fats and Proteins Limited had applied to council chiefs to renew it.
Ten years ago
May 6 2005
Two village sports clubs were hit by arson attacks with damage likely to cost members thousands of pounds. In the early hours of a Saturday the equipment store at Bolton-le-Sands Cricket Club was set alight. The property had been burgled overnight the previous Thursday, when a jerry can of petrol was stolen. The first team captain said the club had lost around £20,000 worth of ground preparation equipment. In a separate incident the making hut at Slyne-with-Hest Bowling Club was hit by fire. The cost of the damage there – to the hut and to chairs and tables stored inside – was thought to be around £3,000.
Workers at wallpaper manufacturers CWV on White Lund were facing redundancy. The firm announced a possible 50 job losses leading workers at the site waiting to know if their job would be safe.
Plans for a block of flats and shops to be developed in Damside Street, Lancaster, had been given the thumbs-up by city councillors. The application, submitted by Lancaster-based Coach House Development, was for 17 apartments and four retail units to be built on land at the back of Church Street, opposite the bus station. Nine flats would be developed above the shops with a further block of eight flats behind the building, built over four storeys.
Twenty five years ago
May 4 1990
Councillors challenging Lancaster city’s continued financial support for the Dukes Theatre were to have a cards-on-the-table meeting with the theatre management. This followed a petition signed by 12 councillors – mainly from Morecambe – who were concerned about the city council’s annual subsidy to the theatre, which that year amounted to £106,000.
The “killer” Poll Tax could lead to an exodus of landlords from the pub trade, according to the Lancaster and Morecambe Licensed Victuallers Association secretary. In a letter to local MPs the secretary said the “iniquitous charge” was already having an effect on many local licencees who were reviewing their new liabilities.
Details of Lancaster’s £21 million hospital complex at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary were outlined at the District Health Authority meeting. Phase 3 of the hospital’s redevelopment aimed to bring the majority of acute service in the district to be centralised at the infirmary, as District General Hospital.
Council house waiting lists looked set to continue at a high level in spite of a new initiative to provide council land at discount rates to housing associations. At the time 2,427 families and special cases were on the city’s waiting list, with 37 per cent of families on the general waiting list being classed as homeless.