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Garden bins take-up is just one in four

Less than one in four households in South Ribble could have their garden waste collected when the council brings in a £30 charge in April, it has been revealed.

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Councillor Susie Charles

Voters aged 11 go to the polls to elect MPs

Children as young as 11 are being urged to cast their vote next month to elect Lancashire’s five members of the UK Youth Parliament.

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Cabinet member Coun Keith Iddon watches a pothole being repaired in Chipping recently.

Axed pothole policy ‘put lives in danger’

A new repair policy to tackle Lancashire’s escalating pothole crisis has been withdrawn by the county council amid claims it could endanger lives.

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County Coun John Fillis, deputy leader of the Labour group

County councillors clash over leaked pay for top executive

A County Hall row over leaked information on top salaries has escalated after leaders of the two biggest political parties lodged complaints about each other.

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Northern's new rolling stock being built in Zaragoza, Spain

'My experience of Spanish trains shows how far UK has to go'

It's often said that trains in Europe are streets ahead of the UK, so we sent our reporter David Nowell to find out.
Environment
Elected MPs need to stand up for a free press and local democracy

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press. It is very much to be welcomed.
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The £500m new trains heading to the North West

Bosses at train operator Northern are on a mission.

Transport
Photo Neil Cross Jeff McGinty on the empty grit bin.

‘Our new grit bin is no use if it’s empty’

The Winter Olympics have just got underway in South Korea, but they’ve been going on for weeks in South Ribble.

Offbeat
Lancashire County Council has increased its council tax precept by 5.99 per cent

FEEL THE SQUEEZE: Council tax hike as services cut

Lancashire’s council tax payers will have to dig deep to pay their bills this year after the county council approved a tax increase double the inflation rate.

Politics
County Coun John Fillis

Eleventh hour bid to keep county's community transport services on the road

An eleventh hour bid will be made tomorrow to save Lancashire’s community transport services from cutbacks.

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County Coun Geoff Driver

Consultation on Council's new halal meat policy after school meals boycott threatened

A one month consultation has been launched on Lancashire County Council’s controversial plans to change its halal meat policy.

Education
Councillor Susie Charles

Festive advice service for youths now available all year round

A service offering young people advice over the Christmas period has been made permanent.

Politics
Potholes on Ringway, Preston

Speedy pothole repairs under new plan

Potholes on Lancashire’s busiest roads could be fixed quicker under new plans from Lancashire County Council.

Business
Marie Dean (photo Change.org)

Transgender inmate on hunger strike in Preston Prison

A petition has been launched to “free” a transgender woman from all-male Preston Prison after she went on hunger strike.

News

Cannabis alert in Lancashire

A new education campaign has been launched in Lancashire to highlight the catastrophic impact cannabis use can have on family life.
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Croston was heavily affected by the floods on Boxing Day in 2015

Chorley Council launch fight for flooding relief cash

A fight has been launched to get almost £1m flood cash from the Government - two years on from the Boxing Day storm of 2015 that hit the county.

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All smiles from  Lisa and Paula Mallinson after council u-turn

Barista sisters toast parking fee rethink

Sisters Paula and Lisa Mallinson are raising a cup of coffee in celebration after plans to charge customers for parking near their cafe were dramatically withdrawn by councillors.

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Preston Whit Fair on the Flag Market

Showmen’s anger as Whit Fair dispute spins round and round

Project update on the fight by fairground families to keep Preston’s traditional Whit Fair in the city centre.

Arts
Photo Neil Cross
Demonstration against car parking charges being introduced at the public car park on Worden Park, Leyland

Protest calls for car parking fees rethink

Residents turned out in force to demand Leyland’s prized Worden Park remains free for everyone.

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What University Square will look like

£60m UCLan plan gets council green light

The £60m University Square project in Preston has been given the green light - but only if its “shared space” road layout can be used by people with sight problems.

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