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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Microchip your pooch

A dog micro-chipping event will take place this Saturday. Dog owners across will be able to take advantage of the free dog micro-chipping between 10.30 and 2.30pm. Dog micro-chipping is the most effective way of reuniting lost or stolen dogs.

Village youth facilities are set to be refurbished

A playground in a Lancashire is set to be refurbished. Designs for a youth shelter and equipment for older children in Hambleton was put out for consultation before the Christmas period “giving the children of Hambleton feed back comments and express their preferred choice of equipment,” according to a council report. Council bosses say comments from youngsters have now been returned. The report, which is set to go before a full council meeting next Thursday, adds: “The contract for this project will be awarded in the next few weeks with completion anticipated by the end of March 2013.

Fit squad urges people to have active lifestyle

Experts from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Fit Squad are talking to people throughout this month to encourage them to lead healthier lifestyles. Jenny Broom, the Fit Squad’s healthy lifestyle advisor, said: “We will be out and about throughout January performing health checks and chatting to people about their lifestyle and health and simple things they can do to improve it. “Changing the way you live can often seem daunting, which is why it’s so important to recognise that even the smallest of small steps can go a long way when it comes to improving health.” For details, visit or call 01772 644158.

Cottages reborn for new buyers

A terrace of three run-down cottages in Charnock Richard are to be reborn as a pair of starter homes for first-time-buyers. The houses in Chorley Lane have been empty for over 10 years and are structurally unsound. Regeneration experts at Adactus Housing Group said problems with the cottage’s foundations made them unsuitable for refurbishment. The cottages are now being demolished, and the project will represent the first 
investment by Chorley Community Housing (CCH) in building new homes. CCH director of operations, Richard Houghton, said: “The cottages in Chorley Lane have been a talking point in the village for some time and we hope that the construction of new homes in the future will provide two local families with affordable and high quality homes in an area where they otherwise might not have been able to afford to buy.”

Day of belly dancing planned

A day of belly dance workshops and an evening of live Egyptian music will be held in a Lancashire town on February 16. The day, organised by the Northern Arabic Dance Association, will be held at Ellel Village Hall in Galgate near Lancaster. The event is open to all bellydancers and the live music event in the evening is open to anyone who would like to experience Egyptian music and see belly dance performances. For information contact Anne Kingston on 07843 079574 or email

New chair for health champion

The first chairman has been appointed for Healthwatch Lancashire, a new organisation that will give people a way to influence and challenge how health and social care services are organised and provided in their area. Gail Stanley has played a significant role in civic life in Lancashire for many years and received an MBE in 2004. Gail has been a magistrate for 30 years, a deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire and was formerly High Sheriff.

Parents needed to complete survey

Lancashire County Council would like to hear from parents and carers of children with special needs or disabilities as it prepares a consultation to modernise its short break provision. County Councillor Susie Charles, cabinet member for Children and Schools, said: “We have worked with parents and carers throughout the process and our plan is to continue to involve them in decision-making about these crucial services. “We need to make sure we create a sustainable short break service that will meet the needs of children and families in Lancashire in the future.” Please visit

No precept rise for town

The council tax precept for Penwortham Town Council will not rise in the coming year. Councillors decided that the precept of £127,600 raised in 2012/13 would be held for the period 2013/14. The extra cost of running the town council is added to the total council tax bill. A Band D household in Penwortham will pay £1,545.97 per year.

Car wash plan

Bosses at South Ribble Car Sales, based in Chorley Road, Walton-Le-Dale, have launched plans for a car wash at the site. The plans, submitted by Debbie Roberts include retaining a pre-fabricated steel garage on the site, which will be used for cleaning and valeting vehicles. A decision on the proposals will be made by South Ribble Council in coming weeks.

Blood donors are needed

Blood donation sessions will be held at the GHS Cultural Centre in Preston on Wednesday, February 2. You can donate in South Meadow Lane from 2pm to 4pm or 5pm to 7.30pm.