County to defend fracking planning powers

Lancashire County Council will tell the government that future decisions about fracking should be taken locally.

District councils are to be advised to keep fast food away from schools and areas of high childhood obesity.

Fast food limits could be coming to your corner of Lancashire

A councillor’s call to restrict the number of takeaways in areas with high childhood obesity and deprivation has won unanimous support.
Lancashire County Council's underspent its budget for road repairs in 2017/18.

Pothole repair money will not slip through the cracks, council says

A backlog of road repairs caused by harsh winter weather will be cleared, the leader of Lancashire County Council has promised.

Council denies it has lost its way over footpath signs

Lancashire County Council has rejected a claim that it can take up to three years to replace missing signs identifying public footpaths.
A report last year criticised the service provided to children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Reform of special educational needs service will be "a long haul"

The service being provided to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across Lancashire is currently operating on “amber”.

Special investigation: The hidden cost of war

The Government is today accused of “turning a blind eye” to concern that suicide rates among military veterans are spiralling.
Scene from 'Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere'.

Rain did not stop play at launch of this year's RIBFEST

It was not quite what the author ordered, but the cast of her new play rose to the challenge when the weather provided a dramatic backdrop for the launch of a Lancashire village festival.
County Hall

An extra £2.5m to help flow of traffic

County Hall could spend an extra £2.5m on improving traffic flow over the next four years.


Taking away the temptation of the takeaway

The number of hot fast food outlets should be limited in areas of high deprivation and where there is an existing problem with childhood obesity, according to a Lancashire county councillor.
County Councillor Graham Gooch

Ex-detective’s blast as council cuts PCSO cash

A former senior detective, who is now a cabinet member on Lancashire County Council, has blasted the role of Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs), which he says has fallen victim to “mission creep”.

Rich Morton meets Theresa May

Theresa May gives Lancashire medics her seal of approval

Two paramedics who set up a group to help colleagues traumatised by the job have been honoured by the Prime Minister.
Lancaster MP Cat Smith, right, with her husband Ben Soffa, and their son Eli

Lancaster MP “thrilled” after birth of first baby

Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith has given birth to a baby boy.

Lancashire County Council awarded a 104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care

Council 'misled' NHS trusts over £104m contract, says judge

A judge has slammed Lancashire County Council for “misleading” NHS Trusts over the £104m Virgin contract.

Prime Minister Theresa May visited a hospital to announce the funding boost

NHS funding boost - will we see the difference on the wards?

Will Theresa May's funding boost really make a difference? Professor of health economics Maria Goddard crunches the numbers.

The High Court case relates to a 104m contract for community health services

NHS trusts overturn Lancashire's £100m Virgin Care contract

Lancashire County Council has lost a legal ruling over privatised healthcare services in Fylde and Wyre.

Ambulances lined up.

Paramedics across the north west are going on strike today - and more could follow suit soon

Paramedics across Lancashire are today (Monday, June 18) going on strike – with further industrial action on the horizon.
An extra 20 billion a year has been promised to the NHS by the Prime Minister. (Photo: PA Wire).

Five things you should know about the £20 billion NHS funding boost

Close to an extra £400 million per week - or £20 billion a year - has been pledged to the NHS once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced. Here are five key questions about the annoucement:
Council leader County Coun Geoff Driver

More cash for county council reserves now - but £144m "funding gap" still predicted by 2021

The reserves of cash strapped Lancashire County Council are getting a nearly £21m boost - thanks to underspending by the council in 2017/18.
The A6 Garstang Road is already notorious for heavy traffic.

Third time lucky for homes plan - and some are not happy

It was a case of third time lucky for one controversial housing site plan just south of Garstang.

Councillors Ruth and Ian Duffy have resigned from the Wyre Labour group

Labour duo’s reasons for Wyre group exit

Two long-standing Fleetwood Labour councillors have resigned from the Wyre group after a fall-out within the local party.

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