Over 1,100 tonnes of salt was saved by Lancashire County Council last winter after it reduced the minimum temperature which had to be forecast before deploying its gritting lorries. Previously, highways staff had turned out to treat the roads if the surface temperature was expected to dip below one degree Celsius. But during 2018/19, that threshold was cut to 0.5 degrees.The change of policy meant that 312 fewer individual treatments were carried out than would have been the case if the previous intervention level had been maintained – saving around £82,000.A meeting of the authority’s internal scrutiny committee heard that there was no difference compared to previous winters in the proportion of inaccurate forecasts with the potential to incorrectly influence decisions about whether or not to send out the gritters. Forecasts for the county remained more likely to be “pessimistic” in their predictions about temperature – 4.5 percent of weather … [Read more...] about New gritting plan for Lancashire’s roads is set to stay
More than £1m in council reserves will be ploughed into Lancashire’s museums service over the next two years. The cash injection was agreed at a meeting of Lancashire County Council’s cabinet after they heard that the budget for several visitor attractions – and the conservation staff which maintain the collections they contain – was under “pressure”. £866,000 of the £1.05m reserve funding will be allocated to Queen Street Mill in Burnley and Helmshore Textile Mill in Rossendale. The authority has been in negotiations with the National Trust about the possibility of handing the sites over to the conservation charity, but these have not progressed “as quickly as hoped”, members heard.The previous Labour administration shut five out of the eleven council-run museums as part of budget savings back in 2016. In addition to the two mills, Fleetwood Museum, Judges Lodgings in Lancaster and the Museum of Lancashire in Preston all … [Read more...] about More money for the Lancashire museums which ‘can’t be closed’
Lancashire needs to tell a better cultural story if it is to make the most of all it has to offer visitors from home and abroad. That is the conclusion of a report commissioned by Lancashire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) exploring how the region can better use its cultural assets to boost its economy.The document describes the county’s geographical diversity as one of its greatest cultural strengths – but also an obstacle to be overcome.It says the potential benefits of culture to the county is “compelling”, but warns that Lancashire is in a “chicken and egg” situation when it comes to securing national funding, because of the relatively small size of its cultural institutions.A meeting of the LEP board heard that nine Lancashire organisations are regarded as having national significance by Arts Council England – including The Harris Museum in Preston, Blackpool’s Grand Theatre and the Burnley Youth Theatre.However, the arts … [Read more...] about Call for Lancashire to sell its cultural story to the world
Plans to move Lancaster’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) into the City Museum are being considered by the city council. The proposal would see the VIC move from its current location at The Storey in Meeting House Lane, after having previously moved from a building in Castle Hill. Lancaster City Council said the relocation to the museum in Market Square would cost “in the region of £69,000”.But it said there would a return on the investment through “efficiency savings, expected increase in footfall into both the museum and LVIC and increased income from retails sales and the possibility of a new small scale catering offer”.The investment would include the cost of a dual purpose reception area being located on part of the ground floor and additional small-scale exhibition space being created within the building. City Museum collections would also be displayed in other buildings including The Storey Gallery for exhibitions.A council spokeswoman said … [Read more...] about Plans to move Lancaster Visitor Information Centre into City Museum being considered
A pair of councillors who were part of an investigation into how Lancashire County Council could make money from the buildings it owns say the authority is still missing out on opportunities. County Hall’s response to a task group report into income generation was described as “disappointing” and “tardy” by two of the members who helped write it.READ MORE >>> £34m of county council assets sold off in four yearsA meeting of the council’s internal scrutiny committee heard that a third party organisation will be appointed to identify money-making possibilities and a marketing manager has already been brought in to promote potential money-spinners.But Labour task group member Steve Holgate said the authority was failing to make the most of obvious assets like the Woodlands Conference Centre in Chorley, which has been disused since it stopped hosting council training events three years ago.“This is a very commercially attractive area … [Read more...] about Can weddings, conferences and carbon-neutral electricity help Lancashire County Council offset funding cuts?