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Dragons Head

The Westmorland Gazette has published the following interesting piece related to the Dragons Head:

“PLANNERS delayed their decision about four new homes in a Lune Valley village so they could visit the site.

Simon Nutter is seeking planning consent to build a terrace of three dwellings on land behind the closed Dragons Head pub on Main Street, Whittington, as well as convert a barn and demolish outbuildings.

Lancaster City Council’s Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee refused a similar plan last year, saying four new homes could not be justified in a small rural settlement with limited services. At Monday’s meeting, they voted to visit the site.

Graham Williams.

Bill Ridding

Bill and son Andy
Bill and son Andy

Ian Ridding posted this message on his Facebook page yesterday (Wednesday) morning.  We will all miss Bill. I am sure the thoughts of all those who knew him go out to the family.

“Sadly last night at home as he wished Dad passed away peacefully, with me mum & Barbara by his side.  We are all devastated by this news he’s been taken way too early.

Dad thought the world of his family & would have been so happy to have Ted Mary & Barbara with him in his final hours.

The funeral to take place at st Mary’s Kirkby Lonsdale on Thursday 29th December at 1pm.
RIP Bill

Ian Ridding”

Park & Ride

par-and-rideLancaster’s new Park & Ride service started operation on Friday (9th December). Operator Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire has sourced this new bus, which as the livery suggests is dedicated to the new service.  The Bus Users’ Group photographer finds that all modern buses look the same to him (although he could tell a Guy Arab IV from an AEC Regent V at a glance!) so if any more knowledgeable person amongst our readership knows what it is please leave a comment.
Now is a good time to try out the service, which runs every 30 minutes between the new car park at Caton Road Business Park (just off Jc. 34 on M6) and the city centre, because the county council has not yet installed the necessary Pay & Display ticket machines at Caton Road and has pragmatically decreed that the “Park” element of the charge has been suspended until February, leaving only the “Ride” to be paid for at £1.50 per person return. (Bus Passes accepted after 0930 and all day Saturday).

Stagecoach Strikes Again

Kirkby resident and friend of mine reports the following incident which occurred on the Stagecoach 81 service yesterday evening.

“Well done Stagecoach for stranding 6 people last night in KL just because my 3 year old was a little sick on your bus!!!! and no it was not all over the windscreen as the people in your office tried to tell the waiting passengers it was all on her coat! 4 of those people had thought ‘Let’s have a nice afternoon out in Kirkby Lonsdale and have a drink’ ….one works in a cafe and the other needed to get a train back to Wales! Luckily everyone got to where they needed to be but it’s really not on!
Jackie Warton

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