Chief quizzed on trams, shops and child poverty

From the excitement of Blackpool’s multi-million pound transformation to the misery of child poverty in the town - and much in between - council chief Simon Blackburn was grilled on it all.

Coun Rob Fail is the new leader of Wyre's Labour group

Labour leader in blast over council policy

The new leader of Wyre’s Labour group has accused the council’s Conservative leadership of “eroding democracy”.

Lytham Library has been closed since September 2016

Lytham library plan launched by friends group

A group lobbying for the reopening of Lytham library hopes its campaign has taken a major step forward.

Mereside & Clifton Children's Centre

Blackpool children's centres to be affected by £1m cuts

Blackpool Council has announced plans to change services offered by local children's centres as its early years budget is slashed.

Ted Robbins unveils a new defibrillator as part of the Lancashire Lifesavers campaign.

Comic actor Ted Robbins backs new defibrillator campaign

Comedian and actor Ted Robbins knows more than most how much he has to be grateful for on the health front.
Just one per cent of Blackpool pupils did not get into a preferred primary school.

More Blackpool pupils getting into first choice primary schools

The number of children getting a place at their first choice primary school in Blackpool has gone up.

Coun Alastair Humphries with the painted footsteps at the Solaris Centre Steve Roberts from Blackpool Council lays down a marker

Taking steps to tackle Blackpool’s litter problem!

Subliminal messaging is the latest tool being used to tackle litter in Blackpool.

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You could be a Lancashire Lifesaver

About 60,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside hospital each year in the UK and only one in 10 will survive. Reporter Fiona Finch joined a new county course which aims to help save more lives. .

MP Paul Maynard

Blackpool MP calls for brine review

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has called for a review of proposals to dump millions of tonnes of brine into the Irish Sea.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden

Blackpool South MP says plans to fund free bus travel will help tens of thousands across resort

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden says Labour’s plans to fund free bus travel for under 25s will help tens of thousands of young people across the resort.

Simon Blackburn and (right) Neil Jack

Simon Blackburn: ‘We’ll keep a check on council salaries’

Blackpool’s council leader has vowed to keep a check on the authority’s ‘fat cats’ after it was revealed two officers were paid more than £100,000 a year.
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Empty shops in Blackpool town centre

YOUR SAY: Why is Blackpool's high street performing so poorly?

What to do with our high street?

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Should Blackpool become a city?

Should Blackpool become a new city-by-the-sea?

Many people mistakenly think Blackpool is a city.
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An artists impression of the hotel planned for Leopold Grove

Blackpool Tory calls for end to ‘bland’ hotel designs

Blackpool’s Conservative group leader Coun Tony Williams has called for town hall planners to ensure top quality architecture for a proposed new hotel next to the Winter Gardens.

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Fleetwood to Knott End ferry is back in service

Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry takes to the waters today

The Fleetwood to Knott End ferry service was re-launched today to the delight of passengers on both sides of the estuary.

The public inquiry looking into fracking at Roseacre Wood is taking place at Blackpool FCs Bloomfield Road stadium for 10 days.

FRACKING INQUIRY: Routes to Roseacre Wood set 'to reduce protest effect' on the site

Shale gas giants Cuadrilla have admitted that routes to the proposed Roseacre Wood fracking site have been designed in part to reduce the impact of protests.

Natalie Hoyle

Daughter of Chorley MP in 'psychological torment' before she died, inquest hears

The daughter of Commons Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle had been in a "toxic" relationship before her death, an inquest heard.
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From left, Jo Turton, Garry Payne, Lorraine Norris, Neil Jack, Allan Oldfield and Marshal Scott

RICH LIST: Latest figures reveal Blackpool and Lancashire council officers who earn more than £100,000

Two Blackpool Council chief officers earn basic salary of more than £100,000, new figures reveal.
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Shale gas firm Cuadrilla wants to drill at Roseacre Wood

Fracking inquiry into Cuadrilla's Roseacre Wood plans gets underway in Blackpool

The opening arguments have been made in a fresh planning inquiry into plans for a second fracking site in Lancashire.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd came under fire after a major report into tackling an increase in violence made no mention of the fall in police officer numbers in recent years

Funding plea amid rise in violent crime as Lancashire Police at 'breaking point'

Calls have been made for more money to help tackle a rise in serious violent crime in Lancashire.

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