Town Crier: Fireworks are ahead as council cuts loom

Morecambe beach busy after a weekend of good weather.
Morecambe beach busy after a weekend of good weather.
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There is no doubt that we are approaching the toughest possible times as Lancaster City Council looks to make savings of £3.5m in the next two financial years (£1.2m in the next year).

Nothing will escape as scrutiny falls on every single service the council provides, including numerous events and council-run leisure facilities in Morecambe and Lancaster and, of course, jobs.

The Butterfly House in Williamson Park.

The Butterfly House in Williamson Park.

It might not feel it but the area has escaped relatively unscathed through national council cuts so far, but some very difficult decisions will have to be made and it is likely they will be very unpopular. In Morecambe in particular, the tourist information centre,

The Platform and the Sandcastle Festival are on the early list of possible casualties. It is also unlikely that services can be cut without job losses.

All we can do is hope the damage will be minimal and watch this space...

Ironically, as we approach the fireworks event at Lancaster Castle on November 2, that very same event could be among many council-run events under threat.

A real shame as this year’s evening, part of the Light Up Lancaster event, promises to be the best ever. And we are marking a very special launch of our own... to be revealed soon.