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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Driving issues ‘now resolved’

Police have tackled issues with nuisance drivers on car parks in Garstang, the town’s PCSO has said.

John Holland told Garstang Town Council that police have powers to seize vehicles causing a problem.

He said police had engaged with drivers who had been causing late night problems, and it was hoped the

issue had been addressed.

Gang meeting at city car park

Groups of yobs loitering on a city car park are being targeted by police.

A gang of youths are regularly meeting at Strettles car park, Lancaster Road North, Preston, and “shouting at passers-by”.

Problems have also been reported at shops in Moor Lane and Adelphi Street, including nuisance behaviour and criminal damage.

MP’s praise for council budget

A Lancashire MP has praised Lancashire County Council for slashing council tax. County Hall chiefs voted to reduce council tax by two per cent at a budget meeting last week.

Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace said: “This is a great boost for people throughout Lancashire, and it proves that Government and LCC are working together on behalf of the Lancashire council taxpayer during these difficult times.”

Development concern raised

Councillors from a Lancashire council have met with Government officials to raise concerns over planning development.

Council chiefs in the Ribble Valley have said they are worried about planning “overdevelopment”.

Planning committee chairman Coun Terry Hill said the council has lobbied the Prime Minister and local MPs over the issue.

Help to apply for funding

A session to help community groups apply for funding will be held at the Kingsfold Community Centre, in Penwortham, between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday.

Spaces are limited. To book, email or phone 01772 625546

Fundraiser set to take place

A charity spiritual evening in aid of The Legacy Rainbow House will be held tomorrow night.

The event at the Wellington Park, in Leyland, starts at 7pm. Tickets are £10 and include a hot pot supper.

Call 01704 823276.

Film set to be shown at pub

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, The Continental will be hosting evenings of Fairtrade-themed films, starting with Bananas, which will be screened tonight.

The event runs from 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.

Mayor to judge show auditions

The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark, will be one of the judges at the council’s Search for a Star event on Thursday.

The auditions for the contest will be held at the Civic Centre in Leyland.

Give blood at next session

A blood donation event will be held in Garstang next Thursday.

The sessions will be staged at Country Hotel and Golf Club in Garstang Road.

There will be a session between 2pm and 4pm and another at 5pm until 7.30pm.

Fears at drug use on parks

Concerns have been raised about alleged drug dealing and use on Preston’s flagship parks.

Residents in the Avenham area of the city have raised concerns about the behaviour of groups gathering on Avenham and Miller Parks, which hosted the city’s Guild events last year. Neighbourhood officers have made the issue a priority.

Crime patrols are stepped up

Patrols are to be stepped up around several parts of Tulketh, Preston, regarded as anti-social behaviour “hotspot” areas.

The local police team has identified the Tulketh Mill site, around Howarth Road, Inkerman Street, and Belmont Road, as areas to be patrolled.