Blackpool awarded Blue Flag honour second time

The blue flag is flying high over Blackpool’s prized beach for the second year in a row.

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Artist's impression of the new sea defences at Church Scar, Fairhaven

£20m sea defence project go-ahead

Here is a look at how south Fylde sea defences will look following the completion of a £20m Government project which is set to get under way later this year.

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Starry-eyed surprise for beach visitors

Starry-eyed surprise for beach visitors

Visitors at the top of Blackpool Tower were left starry-eyed as they gazed out at a giant 330ft starfish on the beach below.

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Visitors left seeing stars on the beach

Visitors left seeing stars on the beach

Visitors at the top of Blackpool Tower were left starry-eyed as they gazed out at a giant 330ft starfish on the beach below.

In total it has taken nine years of talks to reach an agreement. During that time parts of the site have become increasingly neglected prompting concerns.

Blackpool hotels to be bulldozed in multi-million pound revamp

A multi-million pound revamp of run-down hotels on Blackpool Promenade will ‘dramatically improve’ the area, developers have pledged.

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Police at the Preston New Road site

Strong presence essential insist fracking site police chief

The officer in charge of policing anti-fracking protests in Fylde has defended the number of police deployed.

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Police at the site of the anti-fracking demonstration

First prosecution of fracking protesters

The first prosecution of people involved in anti fracking protests has started in court.

Appeals launch on fracking decision

Appeals launch on fracking decision

Both parties who lost legal challenges over fracking last month are to appeal.

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Avian flu was discovered in a small-holding near Thornton

Second out-break of Avian flu found in flock near Thornton

A second case of Avian flu has been confirmed in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks near Thornton says The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer.

Network Rail has been working to upgrade the line

Concerns over tree felling at rail works

Concerns have been raised over the impact on the environment of Blackpool’s rail line upgrade.

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Composting equipment

Composting help for resort gardeners

Blackpool residents are being urged to ‘get composting’ as part of International Compost Week from May 7 to 13.

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Lancashire recommends.... campsites for tents

Wondering where to go for the next Bank Holiday weekend? Why not try these local campsites?


Greenpeace demonstrators join fracking protest

Anti-fracking demonstrators were joined by protesters from Greenpeace today as they blocked the entrance to the Cuadrilla fracking site in Preston New Road.
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Fiona Boismason

Help St Annes look blooming great

Can you help St Annes look its blooming best?

Bryning with Warton boundary

Residents can have say on village future

Residents of Warton are being urged to play their part in the future of the village at the polls on Thursday.

Scene from the film The Bentley Effect

Fylde visit for Australian fracking film trio

Film makers from Australia will be coming to the Fylde next month to show their movie about the battle between a local community and shale gas companies.

The fracking site viewing area

‘Viewing area’ opens close to fracking site

‘A viewing area’ has been built beside Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

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Prof George Aggidis of Lancaster University

Lancashire tides barely used as source of clean energy

It’s an ancient and mystic source of power, but the tides off the Lancashire coast have barely been utilsed as a source of clean energy.

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The man has been on the lorry since shortly after 3pm, police said (Pic: Twitter/lewisuko2)

UPDATE: Blackpool man arrested as fracking site lorry protest brought to an end

A man who climbed on top of a lorry, close to Cuadrilla's fracking site in Little Plumpton yesterday afternoon, has been arrested after climbing off the vehicle.

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Anti-fracking protesters including Gayzer Frackman outside County Hall

Anti-frack campaigners lose their High Court action

Campaigners fighting a Government decision to give the go-ahead for a fracking site in Lancashire have lost their High Court action.

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