Volunteers raising vital cash for Illuminations

The Friends of the Illuminations is urging businesses and residents to support its fund-raising efforts in aid of the Lights.

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The water plant

‘Rebuffed’ Fylde MP demanding answers in Lancashire water probe

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has called on the Government to ensure an investigation into a Lancashire water crisis remains on track.

Fresh calls have been made for development at Warbreck Gardens

Developer warned over site

Town hall chiefs have used powers designed to tackle anti-social behaviour in a bid to tidy up an abandoned building site.

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An artists impressions of how the  tramway could look

Tram consultation draws to a close

Consultation ends today on proposals to extend the Blackpool tramway from North Pier to North Station.

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BetterStart Park Rangers Louise Chennells (left), Jon Yates and  Amanda Meadowcroft

Park upgrade helping community to ‘grow’

Revoe rangers are helping revitalise a key recreation area in Blackpool.

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New litter enforcement officers Robert Hassall, David Brady, Dean Earnshaw and Thomas Platt with Coun Gillian Campbell

New team to bust Blackpool’s litterbugs unveiled

Blackpool today unveiled its new litter-busting squad in a bid to slash the £3m annual cost of cleaning the resort’s streets of discarded waste.

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Fleetwood Civic Society are beginning a campaign to rescue the Wyre Light lighthouse in Morecambe Bay, as it is falling into disrepair.
Pictured L-R are: Ken and Margaret Daniels, William Hargreaves, Yvonne and Iain Johnstone (NOTE TO RICHARD- the Light was utterly obscured by rain and mist!).  PIC BY ROB LOCK

Civic Society in campaign to save Wyre Light

Fleetwood Civic Society is desperately trying to preserve what is left of ruined lighthouse Wyre Light - before it is too late.

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Fleetwood fishermen stage a protest in front of the Esplanade

Fishermen are fighting for their future

Fleetwood’s last remaining fishermen have staged a stirring flotilla protest as they desperately fight to save their livelihoods.

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The Lightpool ambassadors

Ambassadors show off the best of resort

The ambassadors are back – primed to tell visitors all about the wealth of attractions Blackpool has to offer.

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Newton Drive closed due to burst water main

Newton Drive closed due to burst water main

A key Blackpool road is partially closed due to a burst water main.


LATEST: Lancashire on flood alert

More than a dozen flood alerts were in force across Lancashire at lunchtime today as heavy overnight rain continued throughout the morning.

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A previous event at Ibbison Court.

Community fun day open to all

Blackpool’s homegrown Revoe-lution Community Choir will be among the attractions at the Ibbison Court Summer Fun Day starting at 12 noon today.

Volunteers make East Pines Park 'dementia friendly'

A safe haven for sufferers of dementia

Dedicated volunteers embarked on a charity mission to make an Anchorsholme park ‘dementia friendly’.

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Blackpool's RNLI crew

Lifeboat crews open doors for open day fun

Blackpool’s lifeboat rescue station will once more be throwing its doors open to visitors on Saturday.

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Fracking is due to begin at the Cuadrilla gas site, Preese Hall in Weeton.

Fracking cash offer ‘has not won support’

Environmentalists say only a third of people would support fracking in their area, even if households were given a £10,000 incentive.

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Cuadrilla at Preese Hall, Weeton.
Aerial view

Consultant says community revenue from fracking could boost homes efficiency and renewable energy

A research paper from a county company says that community cash from a shale gas industry could be used to boost green energy efforts on the Fylde.

Remsol boss Lee Petts, who is a member of the North West Energy Task Force which backs fracking locally, said money from shale gas should be used to to install whole-home renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in local properties.

He said: “Until now, there hasn’t really been a great deal of discussion about just how the one per cent of revenues could be spent. “With our policy paper, (A Blueprint For Shale Gas Benefits ) we wanted to show that it’s possible for substantial numbers of local people to benefit directly from hosting shale gas in their communities.

“Opponents of shale gas regularly say that it will reduce investment in renewables, and lead to increased emissions but, as our paper shows, it’s possible to use the industry’s community benefit payments to actually boost renewables deployment and create climate change benefits.”

Ken Cronin, chief executive of industry body the United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas said: “We believe strongly that the UK needs to have a balanced home-grown energy mix including renewables, nuclear and gas and oil. This paper illustrates a novel way of doing so.”

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Fracking public enquiry at Blackpool Fottball Club.  Pro fracking demo.

New energy minister, Lucy Neville-Rolfe, shares her thoughts on fracking

It divides opinion more than most topics. New Energy Minister Lucy Neville-Rolfe explains why she thinks we should embrace fracking.

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One of the orange bins currently being trialled in Blackpools Stanley Park.

Are big orange bins too ugly for the park?

Your say on council’s bright idea to save staff time

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Travellers living on the Hardhorn site off Fairfield Road in Singleton have been granted official permission to live there

Angry backlash in traveller row

The decision to allow travellers to remain on a plot of public land in the Fylde countryside has sparked controversy among residents.

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