A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Fencing plan for new site
Plans have been launched to erect two fences on the east and west of Lancashire Enterprise Business Park in Centurion Way, Farington. One of the fences is described as a 2.4 metre high palisade fence, and the othetr is a 5.5 metre high gate. A decision will be made by planners at South Ribble Council in coming weeks.
Police patrol problem area
Complaints have been made to police about anti-social behaviour in East View Park, Preston. Nearby residents said men are gathering on the park and getting drunk and littering.
Nuisance still being probed
Police are continuing to monitor reported problems with youths gathering and causing nuisance in a Preston street. Issues have been reported in Park Close, Brookfield.
Early morning alarm after fire
A house was left heavily smoke-logged after a toaster caught fire. Crews from Bamber Bridge station were called to Withy Grove Crescent at around 3.30am yesterday morning. A fire service spokesman said the toaster had got stuck on, sparking the blaze.
Speeding woe through village
A crackdown on speeding vehicles has been launched in Freckleton. Residents have complained to police about the problem in Lytham Road and in Naze Lane East, particularly in the 30mph zone.
Plan go ahead for property
Planning bosses have agreed to grant permission for changes to 170 Hoyles Lane in Cottam. The applicant intends to install two dormer extensions.
Beauty spot bird wander
A Winter bird watch is taking place in Cuerden Valley Park, Bamber Bridge. Bird expert David Beattie will lead a walk through woodlands and meadows on Sunday, January 20 at 1pm, which is suitable for those who have no prior knowledge of birds, to those who are experts themselves. Afterwards there will be warm drinks in the Barn Visitor Centre, in Berkeley Drive. Admission is £2 for adults, accompanied children go free. No dogs allowed on the walk. For further information, call 01772 324436.
Have a say on council homes
Residents are being asked to give their views on who should have priority for council housing in West Lancashire. Changes are planned over the way that council housing is allocated to new applicants, and in the type of tenancies that are offered. The changes will not affect existing tenants but will apply to people who are already on the housing register.
Thefts from rural gardens
A sudden rise in plant pot thefts has been reported to police in the Woodplumpton and Catforth areas of Preston. Police in the Goosnargh and Inglewhite areas have also reported an increase in scrap metal and garden ornament thefts. Items have been stolen at all times of night and day.
Bike concerns at cemetery
Concern has been raised about motorbikes being ridden around Preston Cemetery, according to police. Nearby residents have also told officers that there has been an increase in the number of bikes ridden in an anti-social manner around the Trees area.