An Evening With Eden

Morecambe BID Business Improvement District

‘An Evening With Eden’ was filmed in Dec. 2019 at The Platform, Morecambe. Featuring 6 speakers (Si Bellamy, Prof Dame Sue Black, Dr David Jarrett, Prof Vanessa Toulmin, Dr Andy Knox, and Wes Johnson) the aim was to expand on the Eden ethos and what it means for Morecambe and Lancashire. It is not just a tourist attraction but a total enabler in the economic, social, health, education, tourism and other sectors.

Lancaster Vision fully supports the proposals to establish an Eden Project North in Morecambe

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Frustration mixed with hope over future of former Lancaster high school site

The former Skerton High School site in Lancaster could become a flagship special educational needs facility under new proposals.

By Nick Lakin, Lancaster Guardian 19th February 2020

A public meeting at Father’s House Church in Skerton this week also heard that the school’s sports facilities could be re-opened and used by Chadwick High School, which already caters for non-mainstream pupils on the site.

But there is frustration over the lack of firm plans for the site, which closed in 2014.

Skerton residents and councillors attended the meeting on Tuesday, and heard that Skerton High School, “has been earmarked as a large school for pupils with social, emotional, mental and health needs to meet the huge and growing demand in north Lancashire”.

But County Coun Phillippa Williamson, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, told the Lancaster Guardian after the meeting that more work was needed to look at how the needs could be met.

She said: “It is important that children with special educational needs and disabilities are able to have the most appropriate school place, and we are fully committed to achieving this.

“We are currently looking at our plans covering Lancaster, as more work is needed to look in detail at how we can meet the educational needs.

“We have asked headteachers for their views on future provision, to help with shaping any plans.

But County Coun Phillippa Williamson, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, told the Lancaster Guardian after the meeting that more work was needed to look at how the needs could be met.

She said: “It is important that children with special educational needs and disabilities are able to have the most appropriate school place, and we are fully committed to achieving this.

“We are currently looking at our plans covering Lancaster, as more work is needed to look in detail at how we can meet the educational needs.

“We have asked headteachers for their views on future provision, to help with shaping any plans.

County Coun Williamson told the meeting that it is disappointing that Lancaster University is no longer interested in the site.

A survey will be carried out with a view to the Chadwick centre using the outdoor sports pitches.

The meeting heard that the iconic front of the former Skerton High School and its avenue of cherry trees would be preserved.

Skerton councillor Phil Black said it was frustrating that the county had not yet come up with firm plans.

But Coun Williamson said she was excited by the authority’s strategy and promised to keep the community informed of development

New update on Eden Project North and 4,000 arena for Morecambe

ByDominic Moffitt, LancsLive, 19th February 2020

When Eden Project North expect to submit their planning applications, if the new Londonderry site will affect construction and the likelihood that Eden Project North will host music concerts.

The Eden Project have revealed more details about the site due to be built in Morecambe.

Eden Project North will be coming in spring 2023, bringing with it 4,000 jobs and a host of tourists.

Following successful consultation with Lancaster County Council over the £85m proposal, Eden Project North are ready to go ahead with their plans to construct the 4,000 capacity outdoor arena.

The big news is that a planning application for the site will not be submitted until 2021 when the company had previously aimed to make a submission this year.

A spokesperson for the project told LancsLive: “We will submit the planning application in early 2021, with the timing dependent on achieving funding.

“We began the planning process in June last year by submitting our Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report to Lancaster City Council.”

The council met on February 11 this year to discuss the progress being made with Eden Project North.

Details of the meeting were fully restricted, a standard practise for such bodies when projects exceed a cost of £250,000.

On February 11, the Eden Project also confirmed they would be building a similar site in Londonderry, Northern Ireland which will also be completed in 2023.

“We work all around the world on projects and each one is unique to its environment and shaped by the community,” a spokesperson said.

“Eden Project Foyle in Derry/Londonderry and Eden Project North are projects which complement each other and we are fully committed to making them both a reality.”

One of the more exciting pieces of news is that Eden Project North can expect to host massive music concerts.

Lionel Ritchie, My Chemical Romance and Noel Gallagher will all be performing at the Eden Project in Cornwall during the summer and the Eden Project have confirmed that their Morecambe site could do the same.

An Eden Project spokesperson said: “Eden Project North will include performance spaces and will have a vibrant programme of entertainment and activities.

“Details of what this programme will include are still to be confirmed.”

Promenading Around the Bay

by Peter Wade – Morecambe Heritage Centre

Morecambe promenade which runs some 5 miles from Teal Bay at Hest Bank to Heysham Village is planned to become part of a new 125-mile coastal path connecting Cleveleys in Lancashire to Silecroft in Cumbria.

As the crow flies the two are no more 30 miles apart but in practice the actual route has to weave its way round the rivers draining into Morecambe Bay and industrial sites such as Heysham Harbour which break into the coastline.

The plans put forward by Natural England will create 27 miles of new pathways and be part of the much larger 2,700 mile England Coastal Path.

As well as Morecambe promenade, the new path will incorporate limestone scenery south of Silverdale, the Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay RSPB reserves, the cliffs and headlands at Heysham, the Lune Estuary between Lancaster and Sunderland Point, and Glasson Dock onwards via Knott End.

The pathway will also showcase industrial heritage and beauty spots around the Bay. Among those on or near the new path are viewpoints from Fleetwood, Heysham, Jenny Brown’s Point, the Hoad Monument above Ulverston and the southern tip of Walney Island.

A constant focus to the pathway is Morecambe Bay. In the words of Bill Bryson ‘ … its vast bay (174 square miles if you’re taking notes) is easily one of the most beautiful in the world.’ The beauty of the landscape is complemented by some of the country’s finest sunsets.

A report on the plans for the new pathway is on show at Arnside and Silverdale AONB offices and in local Visitor Information Centres.

Online go to www.gov.uk/…/england-coast-path-in-the-north-west-of-england

Comments on the plans can be made up to midnight on Wednesday 4 March.

Global accommodation agent SilverDoor signs landmark deal in Lancaster

Lancaster Vision  welcome the announcement from local property company, Silverdoor Apartments of their intention to move their headquarters to the former HMRC building on Dalton Square.

This investment  will ensure  the retention of an important employer within Lancaster  and is a significant  vote of confidence in the city as a premier business location.

It will also help preserve  the unique cityscape of that part of our City.  Lancaster Vision wish Silverdoor a long and growing presence in our economy

To view the full press release follow the link shorturl.at/yJQW6