How the life and death of Bowland Beth the hen harrier inspired filmmaker David Cobham’s campaigning book

David Cobham is renowned for his film ‘ Tarka The Otter’ but now he is seeking a new audience - the next generation of conservationists. He told Fiona Finch how he hopes his new work will help to save the hen harrier.

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From left: Ian Young, Director of Governance, Finance and Public Services, Deputy council  leader Coun Albert Atkinson, council leader Coun Geoff Driver and Chief Executive Jo Turton at  the Lancashire County Council cabinet meeting August  21, 2017 when the ruling Conservative group voted for  a radical management restructure at the council.

Councillors vote to axe Chief Executive Jo Turton’s job at Lancashire County Council

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet members ignored the advice of their own Chief Executive Jo Turton yesterday and pushed ahead with plans to axe her job and those of other senior officers.

Last year's Garstang Arts Festival

Garstang Arts festival will be biggest and best yet

Organisers are promising the biggest ever Garstang Music and Arts Festival after announcing this year’s spectacular line-up.

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Give blood? Bosses say you may not be able to donate anymore as sessions face cancellation

Every hour, of every day, an average of 250 blood donations are used in hospitals across the country by medics battling to save people’s lives.

The new village could provide homes for people looking to downsize ready for retirement

Plans revealed for Catterall retirement village

Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a massive retirement village in the Garstang area

Pat Ascroft will give a talk at Garstang Library

Busy programme at Garstang Library for arts festival

Garstang Library will be the venue  for a number of exciting performances and presentations for Garstang Art and Music Festival
County councillor Geoff Driver

Cabinet considers top team shake-up at county hall

Lancashire County Council’s most senior officers could be ousted as the council’s cabinet prepares to consider three proposals for a restructure of the council’s top management team.

Gulls in Cleveleys

Going to war with seagulls on a wing and a prayer?

A bird brained scheme or a long overdue crackdown on persistent flying pests?

Preesall is one of the areas affected

Power cut hits 6,000 homes

More than 6,000 properties are without power as a result of a network fault.
Tony  McGuire with his hamper for  best front door area in the Catterall in Bloom competition

Catterall residents rewarded for a blooming great effort

Two green-fingered Catterall residents who have brightened up their neighbourhood with their colourful displays have been rewarded by the Catterall in Bloom team.

Knott End Golf Course

Controversial land sale wouldn't cut golf course

A Fylde coast golf club has moved to quash rumours its course will be cut in half by a controversial gas storage scheme.

Coun Gordon Harter at award winning Kepple Lane Park

Sawn-off tree in park sparks angry backlash

Trustees of Garstang’s Kepple Lane Park have vented their disgust at “mindless vandals” who have destroyed a tree, planted at the front of the community run facility.

The A588 at Stalmine

Answers still needed to danger road

Cutting speed limits is just part of the solution to prevent more serious crashes on one of the Fylde coast’s most notorious roads.

SS Mary Michael pupil Oliver Billington winner of the Garstang Show's programme cover with mum and sister show chairman Mark Gorst and headteacher Cathryn Wilkinson

Oliver's showstopping design for Garstang Show’s guide gets thumbs up from directors

An aspiring young artist’s work will grace the front cover of this year’s Garstang Show guide after wowing directors with his design.

Coun Paul Greenall pictured moments after resigning from the Tory group at County hall  and moving to sit next to Independent Councillor Liz Oades

Lancashire County Councillor quits Tory party in intimidation row

A newly elected Lancashire county councillor has quit the Conservative party accusing his fellow Tories of intimidation.

County Coun Geoff Driver

Lancashire County Council management restructure challenged

The Tory ruling group’s hopes of pushing through a management restructure at Lancashire County Council look set to be knocked back on Thursday.

The former Garstang Council Offices and business centre

Autumn start date for Garstang business centre re-development

Work on Garstang’s biggest town centre development since the building of the Booths store nine years ago is expected to begin this autumn.

County Coun Frank De Molfetta

Call to retro-fit sprinklers to flats

A Lancashire County Councillor will call this week for the Government to pass a new law demanding sprinklers be fitted in all existing high rise residential buildings.

County Hall

Cabinet decision due on reopening libraries and Fishergate traffic cameras

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet meets today to decide on the timetable for reopening the county’s closed libraries and plans to switch back on bus lane cameras on Fishergate in Preston.

The Knott End ferry

Ferry services suspended for repairs

Ferry services between Knott End and Fleetwood will be halted for essential work.
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