A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
County park is given the flag
A Lancashire park has retained its Green Flag status. Councillors in Wyre will hear this week that the borough’s Estuary Park has been given the status again for the eighth year in the row. The Green Flag is awarded as a mark of excellence for parks and open spaces.
Tot turns lock on his parents
Firefighters had to rescue a toddler who locked his parents out of their home. The crew from Bamber Bridge fire station were called to Riversway Close, Lostock Hall at midday on Sunday. They had to gain entry by smashing a window at the back of the house.
Flat damaged after food fire
An unattended pan left a smoke filled with smoke. Firefighters from Lancaster station were called to Hammerton Hall Close in Lancaster at 12.40pm on Sunday after a grill pan caught alight, leaving the flat smoke-logged.
Decision is due on later hours
Licensing chiefs at Preston Town hall will take a decision on plans to allow a city centre bar to stay open until 3.30am. Macs bar, on Friargate, applied for the conditions of licence to be varied. It currently closes at 1am. The deadline for representations about the application has now passed.
Fall in families who claim child credits
The number of families in Lancashire claiming child tax credits is down. In April 2012, there were estimated to be 113,400 recipients of child or working tax credit in the Lancashire County Council area, a decline of 9.3% compared to the figure for April 2010.
Homeless figure down
The number of people living in temporary accommodation in Preston has dropped to its lowest level in a decade. Official housing figures reveal just 18 households are now classed as living in temporary accommodation in the city. That compares to a high of 87 homeless families in 1998/99. The figures, released by Lancashire County Council’s statistical unit, also show there are 55 households accepted as homeless and in priority need in the city. That means Preston is ranked 236 out of 326 areas across the country.
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Weather for Preston
Saturday 18 May 2013
Temperature: 7 C to 10 C
Wind Speed: 25 mph
Wind direction: West
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Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: North west