A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Tourism award nominations
Nominations are being sought for the best tourism businesses in Wyre. Wyre Tourism Association is looking to honour accommodation providers, attractions, eateries, event organisers and individuals with a Star in Tourism Award. You can nominate someone at wyre.gov.uk/tourismstars until April 12, ahead of a ceremony on April 25.
City’s MP to hold surgery
Mark Hendrick will meet residents in an open surgery at Larches and Savick Community Link today. The Preston MP will be at the centre, in Starrgate Drive, from 11am to 1pm. Surgeries are run on a first come, first served basis so there is no need to book an appointment to see Mr Hendrick.
Mayor set for eye-opener
Vision Express will open a new store in St George’s Shopping Centre in Fishergate, Preston on Tuesday. The opening celebrations at the opticians from 10am will see Preston Mayor Coun Carl Crompton and his wife Linda cut a ribbon and receive an eye test.
Bus pass renew plea
Bus card holders are being reminded to renew their passes. There is just a month left for NoW card holders whose passes need renewing to apply for a new one. Lancashire County Council estimates around 30,000 people still need to renew their cards before they expire at the end of March.
M6 lanes to remain closed
Lane closures will remain on a stretch of the M6 in Lancashire until next week. There is also a 50mph speed limit between Junction 33 at Lancaster and 32 at Broughton, Preston until Wednesday, March 13, while work to replace road markings is carried out.
Office plans for town gym site
A gymnasium building is to become a block of offices. The owner of the Kingfisher Gym on Inglewhite Road, Longridge, has applied for permission for the change of use. It has cited a downturn in membership numbers driven by the rise of keep fit classes in local village halls.
Grass fire at city school
Firefighters were called to a grass fire outside a Preston primary school. The crew from the city’s fire station were called to a patch of wasteland outside Brockholes Primary School, Fishwick at 4pm on Friday. A spokesman said the fire had been started deliberately and had damaged a small patch outside the school.
Choir set for theatre show
UCLan’s award-winning choir will perform at the Darwin Lecture Theatre in Preston on March 17. Tickets priced £6 for children and £9 for adults are available from 01772 894106.
Young visitors event at Harris
The Harris Museum in Preston will host a monthly event aimed at younger visitors tomorrow. Under 5’s will be able to introduce themselves to arts via games, crafts and singing. The free event will run from 11am to noon.
Fires burn on county moors
Gamekeepers have carried out a controlled burning on moors in Lancashire. Firefighters from Preston station were in attendance at Bleasdale in the Trough of Bowland at the weekend. The work was carried out to keep undergrowth under control to protect species of birds and animals.
Alarm sparked by hob blaze
A pensioner sparked a fire alarm after leaving plastic food packets on top of a hot hob. Crews from Lancaster fire station were called to the address at Ripley Court, Lancaster at 12pm on Saturday. The fire left the kitchen heavily smoke-logged and damaged the cooker top.
Postal group takes final unit
Royal Mail has taken the final vacant unit on a Lancashire industrial estate. The group has agreed a lease with landlords, Bracken Developments, to take the unit at Tomlinson Point, the former Eddie Stobart distribution site in Leyland. It will use the space as an overflow for its new depot facilities at Walton Summit, near Bamber Bridge.