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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Homes plan for parish hall

Plans for the conversion of St Thomas’s Parish Hall, Garstang, to four homes look likely to be decided by Wyre’s planning committee on October 3, according to church spokesman Stephen Parkinson. County officials want the plans turned down. Wyre planning officers’ recommendations will be known later this month.

‘Hazard’ lane to be tidied up

Efforts are being made to tidy up a narrow country lane in a Lancashire village by the local parish council. Councillors in Stalmine are concerned about hazards along Wardley’s Lane, in the village, including long stretches of mud on the road surface and overhanging hedges.

New scouting HQ set to open

A new headquarters for a group of Lancashire scouts is to open next weekend – more than two years after an arson attack destroyed the old one. The new Fylde Scouts HQ will open on Saturday at 3pm. It is located in Heyhouses Lane, St Annes.

Threats of striking is ‘pointless’

A Lancashire MP has condemned unions over threats to hold a co-ordinated strike. South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook, claimed the threat of a general strike was “futile”. She said: “These threats by the unions for co-ordinated strike action are totally irresponsible and I am disappointed that the unions are pushing for this futile action which benefits no-one, threatens our economy and undermines the efforts of my hardworking constituents here in South Ribble.”

Castle is the top attraction

Clitheroe Castle was the most popular attraction out of the 13 sites managed by Lancashire Museums Service last year. Data produced by tourism group Visit Britain showed the castle’s museum reported a 16% increase in visitors.

Offenders in prison recall

Almost 150 inmates freed from prison were recalled to jail in Lancashire in just three months. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that 147 people were recalled to jail in the county between January and March this year – the sixth highest level in the country.

Screening for Guild DVD set

A screening of the North West Film Archive’s DVD released for the Guild 2012 will be held on Wednesday night at the Frog and Bucket in Preston. The screening will start at 7.30pm. You can just turn up on the day, or call 0161 247 3097 in advance.

Board meeting on NEET issue

The issue of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) will be discussed by a Preston Council young people’s trust board meeting at the town hall from 1.30pm tomorrow.

Full council meeting date

The next full meeting of South Ribble Council will take place on Wednesday. The meeting will be held at the Civic Centre, Leyland, at 6pm.

Fire destroys shed at home

A fire broke out in a shed, destroying it and spreading to a garage and a greenhouse. Firefighters in Preston said the blaze caused 50% fire damage to the greenhouse and 20% to the garage after breaking out in the shed at around 2.30pm yesterday. No one was injured in the incident in Powis Road, Ashton, Preston.

Have a say on city pub plans

A campaign group fighting plans to turn a pub into 54 apartments is urging people to make their views known. September 27 is the deadline for comments to Lancaster Council on plans for the Greaves Hotel on Scotforth Road, in the city.

Meeting date for PACT is set

The next meeting of Preston city centre’s Police and Community Together committee is at St Wilfrids Parish Centre, Chapel Street, Preston, on October 3 from 6.30pm.

Charity call for women

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on women in Lancashire to saddle up for a nocturnal adventure. The charity wants women to take part in the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30. With a week until pre-registration closes on Sunday, 70% of the 700 riders signed up for the event are men. Ali Rulton, event organiser, said: “Cycling is growing in popularity in the UK, but the numbers of women riding bikes is actually shrinking. To enter go to or call 0300 456 8355.