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New homes for old garages site

PLANS to build four two-bedroom homes on spare land in Rowan Avenue, Ribbleton have been submitted to Preston City Council.

The scheme, on a plot once occupied by garages, has been put in by Community Gateway Association. The homes will back on to Grange Primary School.

MUGA for school

PLANS for a new multi-use games area behind Highfield Priory Independent School and Nursery in Fulwood Row, Fulwood, have been submitted to Preston City Council’s planning committee. The project will have a synthetic surface and floodlighting.

Rise and shine

ST ANDREW’S Church, Longton will be holding a car wash brunch on Saturday. Locals are invited to call at the church hall at 9.30-12.30 for breakfast while having their cars washed at the same time.

Fire in a flat

PRESTON fire crews put out a fire in a flat on Ainsdale Drive in Savick, Preston. Officers attended the scene at 10.51am yesterday and left at 1.30pm. A spokesman said: “A neighbour thought someone was trapped but nobody was in the flat. We are investigating the cause of the blaze.”

Firebugs strike at play area

VANDALS set fire to play equipment in Ribbleton Park, Preston.

Firefighters were called to the park on Monday evening after rubber matting was placed on a slide and set alight, damaging it.

The incident is being treated as arson.

Kitchen fire

FIREFIGHTERS were called to St Clare’s Primary School, Sharoe Green Lane, Preston, on Monday evening.

Burning food in a microwave set off a smoke alarm. Minor smoke damage was caused.

Get your boots on

CUSTOMERS at Booths stores across Lancashire are being urged to sign up for a walk to mark National Countryside Week from July 14 to 20.

Hangout date

THERE’S still time for firms to book their place on the Winckley Square Business Hangout in Preston on July 17. Call 01772 653000.

New Sapphire is a modern gem

ARRIVA North West is bringing a new concept in bus travel to passengers in Chorley, Wigan and Bolton.

Its new Sapphire buses include free Wi-fi, USB charging points, luxury leather-type seating, extra leg room and audio/visual next stop announcements on board.

Back to school

THE Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley have a school visit on Saturday.

Coun Roy Lees and his wife Margaret will attend the summer fair and cycle track opening at Mayfield School.

Animal magic

ANIMAL magic in the park.

Cuerden Valley Park is the venue for birds of prey, llamas, pond dipping and crafts on Sunday, between 11am-3pm.

It’s sports night

A SPORTS presentation night is being held this Friday.

The Chorley Schools PE and Sports Awards will be held in Chorley Town Hall.

Nominate your cool workplace

EMPLOYEES and business leaders in Lancashire are being asked to nominate their office location in a unique search that will identify the very best business district and locations in the UK.

Nominate your workplace at

Get from A to B

A CIRCULAR walk starting from Avenham Park to Brockholes will take place on Sunday, July 13.

Meet at the pavilion on the park at 10.30am to take part in the free walk.

Vintage festival

THE Riverside Vintage Festival is back at Avenham Park on July 26 and 27.

Browse over 30 stalls from 12pm until 6pm

Charity fun fair

A CHARITY fun fair will take place on Preston’s Flag Market this Saturday to raise money for Cash for Kids from 10am until 4pm.

In the dock

Driver banned for no insurance

A MAN caught driving without insurance on Garstang Road, Broughton, was banned for two weeks.

Andras Leveleki, 39, of George Street, Preston admitted the offence when he appeared before Chorley Magistrates and was also fined £280 with costs of £85 and a £29 victim surcharge.

Drink driving

DAVID James Sides, 56, of Windsor Drive, Brinscall, Chorley, must pay a £560 fine, £56 surcharge, £85 costs and is banned from driving for 12 months after admitting drink driving to magistrates.

M6 driver went opposite way

A WOMAN who flouted a red light and drove a Mercedes van the wrong way up the M6 at junction 31 must pay a £450 fine, £30 surcharge and £85 costs.

Louise Ives, 49, of Birkenshaw, Bradford, West Yorkshire, was found guilty in her absence by Preston Magistrates Court.

She was given six penalty points.

Drink driver in roads ban

A 62-YEAR-old woman who admitted driving when more than double the drink-driving limit, was banned for 17 months by Chorley magistrates.

Brenda Telford, of Holden Street, Adlington, was also fined £240 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £24 victim surcharge.