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Festival Market heating plan

Plans to warm the Festival Market in Morecambe are heating up. Lancaster City Council is looking at installing solar panels or maybe a biomass boiler after complaints from customers and traders about the cold. Automated doors and roller shutters could also be installed, depending on cost. Talks will continue as part of the council’s budget process in early 2014.

Christmas mail posting dates

Royal Mail is advising customers to post Christmas cards, letters and parcels as early as possible and remember to use a postcode. The last recommended posting date for First Class Mail is Friday, December 20 and Second Class on Wednesday, December 18 to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

Important items can be posting using Special Delivery up until December 23.

Firefighters strike action planned

Firefighters campaigning against government attacks on their pensions will strike on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

Strikes will take place between:

7pm and midnight on Tuesday, December 24

- 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 31and 12.30am on Wednesday, January 1

- 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

FBU General Secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.” As with previous strikes, on the three dates all FBU members in England and Wales will stop work apart from those working in control centres. On Christmas Eve all members in Scotland and those working in control centres across England, Scotland and Wales will refuse to work voluntary overtime.