Funding warning as figures show rise in serious crime across Lancashire

Reports of serious crimes including assaults and sexual offences have risen by more than 25 per cent in the past year.

An artist's impression of how Penwortham Bypass will look.

Town bypass plans edge nearer reality

The £17.5m Penwortham Bypass has moved a step closer after a planning application was submitted by Lancashire County Council.

South Ribble Council Civic Centre, Leyland

Suspended taxi officers finally return to work

Two licensing officers suspended as part of the South Ribble taxigate scandal are to return to work- a year on.

South Ribble
Lancashire MP sets off for inauguration of president-elect Trump

Lancashire MP sets off for inauguration of president-elect Trump

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans is travelling to Washington for tomorrow’s inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the USA.

County Hall

Why Lancashire County Council may be watching you

Lancashire’s trading standards service has admitted its staff sometimes fake Facebook accounts in a bid to trap persistent offenders.

Lancashire County Council's deputy leader, County Coun David Borrow

Lancashire’s Council Taxpayers face rises of more than 4%

Council Tax bills in Lancashire are set to rise by at least 4% in April - with Lancashire County Council saying its share of the charge will go up by 3.99 %.

Healthcare crisis

Councillors’ plea to health bosses to ‘tell it like it is’

Councillors have issued a crisis plea to health bosses – please write in plainer English.

Prime minister May

Britain's 12 Brexit objectives - which are the most important?

Here are the 12 objectives for Britain's Brexit negotiations, as set out in Theresa May's speech at Lancaster House.

Pope Lane roundabout

Major road works finally underway

Work to widen a major commuter road and roundabout has finally restarted after months of delays.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

How much has Lancashire Constabulary’s three year investigation into One Connect Ltd cost?

Lancashire’s Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has been challenged to provide an update on the cost and progress of the long running police investigation into the former BT /County Council partnership One Connect Ltd.

County Coun Bill Winlow

Top Lancashire politician to retire before the ‘grim reaper comes’

A top Lancashire county councillor has announced he is to retire at the May elections.

Fishergate's bus lane signs

Driver challenges city bus lane fine

A driver caught on camera in Preston’s controversial Fishergate bus lane is challenging his £60 penalty in what he hopes will be a landmark case.

Gateway: The Bulk Road site in Lancaster has become scruffy

Student village to ‘help free homes’

TWO major new student housing developments have been given the go-ahead at key sites in Lancaster.

Enforcement: The former Moorlands Hotel on the corner of Quarry Road and Dumbarton Road.

No permission for pub change

STUDENTS are illegally living in a former Lancashire pub after its owner went ahead with its conversion without planning permission.

Coun Peter Kelly outside West View

Preston Council’s great big leisure centre sell-off

CITY council-run leisure centres in Preston are to be transferred to a London-based social enterprise.

South Ribble Council Civic Centre, Leyland

Licensing ‘cover up’ fears rumble on at South Ribble

Scandal-hit South Ribble Council has been accused of a taxi licensing cover-up, months after vowing to be “open and transparent”.

South Ribble
Andrea Ball

Andrea quits in ‘bully’ row

A councillor has announced her resignation from South Ribble Council after 10 years, saying she is “appalled” at the way members treat one another.

South Ribble
About-turn: Decision to leave bus lane in force has revved up a heated debate

Bus lane about-turn sends drivers around the bend

THE Fishergate bus lane saga has split opinion after the story took another bizarre turn this week – a U-turn.

The Foxton Centre, which supports vulnerable women working on Prestons streets

Preston's "pop-up" brothel shame

MORE women are being driven into sex work in Preston by financial constraints brought about by benefits changes, a charity has revealed.

Coun. Steve Holgate

Health transformation plans need to be in plain English

FURIOUS campaigners walked out of a key county council health meeting today claiming county councillors were not doing a good enough job scrutinising plans for “the biggest shake up of the health service since 1948”.

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