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Silence on Virgin deal

An attempt by councillors to debate the controversial awarding of a £104m Lancashire County Council health contract to the private sector was knocked back today.

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The council will meet on Thursday at County Hall.

Council recruitment drive follows criticism by Ombudsman.

A major recruitment drive for occupational therapists (OTs) has followed criticism of Lancashire County Council by the Local Government Ombudsman.

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Fulwood library officially re-opens 14 months after closure

Christmas came early for users of one Lancashire library this week.
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The Walton le Dale Park and Ride service has been given a two month reprieve

Use it or lose it warning as Walton le Dale Park and Ride gets a two month reprieve

A failing park and ride facility in Preston has been offered an extra two month lifeline.

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Council leader Coun Geoff Driver

£7m cuts to council services

A £7m package of cuts was approved by Lancashire County Council’s cabinet today, with warnings more cuts will be announced over the next two months.

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Traffic in Fishergate must now give way to vehicles coming out of Butler Street

‘Give way’ rule ends a traffic free-for-all

Traffic experts have abandoned a free-for-all at a notorious Preston junction in their latest attempt to uncork a city centre bottleneck.

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The by-election for Longridge Town Council Dilworth ward vacancy is on December 14

Longridge gets ready for town council election

The poll cards for the Longridge Town Council election on December 14 are now out.
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Ashley Highfield

New reporters 'to hold local councils to account'

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
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Damp conditions in multi-faith prayer room at County Hall

Council’s multi faith prayer room ‘is not fit for animals’

A multi-faith prayer room is at the centre of a row at County Hall after Lancashire County Council was accused of allowing it to fall into damp disrepair, while spending millions of pounds refurbishing other parts of the building.

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John Asquith, Operations Manager of Preston Bus

£1m boost for county bus services

Bus users in Lancashire are set to benefit from a raft of new and extended services from next month.

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County Coun Geoff Driver

County Council leader Coun Geoff Driver's bail extended

The leader of Lancashire County Council Coun Geoff Driver has had his bail extended for three months.
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Harris museum and art gallery

Backing for new Harris Lottery Fund bid

A renewed bid to get Heritage Lottery Fund support for Preston’s £18.6m Re-Imagining The Harris project has received the backing of two local councils.
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Consultation continues on opening hours for Lancashire libraries

Have your say on library opening hours in Lancashire

Members of the public have just days left  to share their views about  proposed changes to opening hours at local libraries.
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Preperation work begins on the site of the new Penwortham Bypass

Work set to start on £17.5m Penwortham Bypass

Work is ready to start on the long-awaited £17.5m Penwortham Bypass - although it will be summer 2019 before the first vehicles can use it.

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An artist's impression of the new trams

Work on Preston’s £19m Guild Tramway could start next month

Work on bringing trams back to Preston for the first time in more than 80 years could be on track as early as next month.

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Coroner Peter Sigee warned that cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes

New pothole repair rules will increase risk of cycling deaths, coroner warns

Cyclists could die because of new Government rules relaxing repairs to deep potholes, a coroner has warned.

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Preston's Indoor Market

Festive fury over market rent blow

Stallholders planning to quit Preston’s indoor market after the Christmas rush claim they are facing rent demands for January – even though they won’t be trading there.

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Workmen construct a new junction between Lune Street and Ringway

Pop goes the city’s worst bottleneck

The latest piece of Preston’s jam-busting jigsaw was set to be put in place today, aimed at uncorking one of the city’s worst bottlenecks.

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Lancashire County Council leader Geoff Driver

Geoff Driver: My vision to tackle funding black hole

Lancashire County Council leader Geoff Driver CBE has been underfire over plans to shake-up County Hall. Here he explains the steps he is taking to change the authority.

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The disgraced former Tory deputy chairman believes the country is "sick of elections"

Lord Archer: Corbyn will become Prime Minister if election is held next year

Lord Jeffrey Archer has predicted the Conservatives will lose the next election if it takes place in 2018.

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