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Conifer tree in Chorley’s Astley Park could face the chop

A large conifer tree in Astley Park which is a memorial for a late Chorley resident is under threat.

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United Utilities test for contamination

Crypto probe is still looking for answers

Scientists admit they still can’t say what caused the drinking water crisis across Lancashire in 2015.

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The centre has confirmed that it will be open as usual and that no cull or lockdown will be put in place.

Avian flu confirmed at Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Bird flu has been confirmed at a popular northwest wetland centre as cases of the avian disease spread across the country.
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‘Control of mink key to saving water vole’

‘Control of mink key to saving water vole’

Photographers at a country park in Chorley were snap happy as they watched a mink eat eight fish in the space of 30 minutes.

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Authority to take action over dog mess

Authority to take action over dog mess

Cleaning up dog mess is becoming a regular chore for the village caretaker in Mawdesley.

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Second bird flu outbreak

Second outbreak of bird flu confirmed

A second case of bird flu has been confirmed in Lancashire.

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Woodland paths to see £13K facelift

Woodland paths to see £13K facelift

A popular wood in the suburb of Whittle-le-Woods is undergoing a £13,000 revamp, making it more accessible to visitors.

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Protest: Protesters gather across from a new fracking site, off the A583, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton

Protesters cry foul over work

CAMPAIGNERS braved the elements to stage a second day of protest at the county’s newest fracking site.

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Protest: Protesters gather opposite the Preston New Road fracking site as Cuadrilla begins groundwork

Preparation work starts at controversial fracking site

SHALE gas exploration company Cuadrilla has started ground preparation work on a Lancashire site earmarked for fracking.

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The great fracking debate is all set to dominate in 2017

The great fracking debate is all set to dominate in 2017

Fracking is coming to the Fylde coast.

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Trouble: The Friends of the Earth poster

Anti-frackers face poster rap

Green campaigners have been rapped over a poster making unsubstantiated claims about fracking.

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Happy: Billy Howards house was flooded last year but hes delighted to be back home

Victims of Lancashire’s Boxing Day floods tell of their year of struggle

The land was already saturated from Storm Desmond, but then another storm began to batter the county – Eva. By nightfall on Boxing Day, thousands of people had been forced to flee their homes, leaving behind all their possessions and treasured items. MEGAN TITLEY and MARK WHITE examine how the worst flooding in living memory affected those caught up in it.

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Christmas holiday delays at flood blackspot in Euxton

Christmas holiday delays at flood blackspot in Euxton

Work on a notorious flooding hotspot is set to continue for another three weeks.

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Bowls players angry at destruction of recreation ground

Bowls players angry at destruction of recreation ground

A keen bowls player has called for the swift prosecution of a motorist who appeared to perform handbrake turns all over a green.

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Flashback to the 2015 water crisis in Lancashire

Water compo figures make customers boil

Water bosses have re-opened the old wound over compensation for Lancashire’s cryptosporidium outbreak last year.

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MP Lindsay Hoyle being shown the flood prevention work at Euxton Lane

Flood hot spot fix is on track in Euxton

WORK to repair a drain at a flooding blackspot in Euxton is on track to be completed before Christmas.

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Residents in Coppull voiced their concerns at a meeting about 150 new homes at Yew Tree Farm about building on greenbelt land

Residents fight against Coppull greenbelt homes

A meeting about a controversial housing development on a greenbelt site in Coppull did not go as expected when the host walked out.

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Steve Whalley has cared for hedgehogs for over 20 years

Prickly problem for city’s hedgehog man

Steve Whalley has a prickly problem - finding foster homes for young hedgehogs under threat from an icy winter.

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Councillor Adrian Lowe with children at the official opening of the new Buttermere Green toddler play area

Sparkling new £50k play area for toddlers

A new £50,000 state-of-the-art play area for toddlers has opened in Chorley.

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Rivington Pike,  hill summit on Winter Hill, part of the West Pennine Moors near Horwich. Taken by reader Margaret Fowler

Precious Lancashire landscape becomes largest protected wildlife site in a decade

One of the country’s most precious upland landscapes has been given special legal protection by Natural England for its nationally important wildlife and habitats.

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