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LOOK: Memories of the end of the line: Southport to Preston line

We look back at the famous Southport to Preston rail link, 50 years after it closed, by Steve Craddock

30 year radical report puts West Lancashire rail in focus

Proposals include electrification of Ormskirk line, Burscough Curves and a new station for Skelmersdale

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital shuts the door on new breast cancer patients

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Only existing breast cancer patients will continue to receive treatment at the hospital

Unchartered waters for new hung West Lancashire Council

Labour and Tories have 27 seats each with turn-out down

Councillor from neighbouring authority calls on West Lancs to bring back the Burscough Curves

A FORMER leader from neighbouring Sefton Council has called for the Burscough Curves, the direct rail line between Ormskirk and Southport, to be brought back into action.

Concerns Maghull development will create urban sprawl that ruins the Green Belt

FEARS have been raised over Sefton Council’s plans to release large amounts of land around Maghull and Lydiate for building.

Port of Liverpool developers call for 70 hectares of Green Belt land to be released

THE developer behind plans to expand the Port of Liverpool has called on Sefton Council to allocate 70 hectares of Green Belt land for a new “Strategic Employment Location”.

County council roles named

COUNTY Council leader,Jennifer Mein has appointed the following cabinet members.

Revealed: plans to build 1,588 new homes and a new railway station in Maghull under Sefton’s Local Plan

A HUGE new development of 1,588 homes will be built on Green Belt land in Maghull under Sefton Council’s 15-year blueprint for the future.

Labour take control of County Council hall

LABOUR have taken control of County Hall after an agreement reached with the Liberal Democrats.

West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper opposes gay marriage

THE House of Commons has voted to allow gay marriage in England and Wales despite facing opposition from more than 160 MPs – including West Lancashire’s Rosie Cooper.

County Council Results

Ormskirk West: Lab, Nikki Hennessy (elected), 1,434; Cons, Robert Bailey, 1,116; UKIP, John Roughley, 450; Green, Maurice George, 138; Lib Dem, Peter Banks, 128.

County Council Results

Ormskirk West: Lab, Nikki Hennessy (elected), 1,434; Cons, Robert Bailey, 1,116; UKIP, John Roughley, 450; Green, Maurice George, 138; Lib Dem, Peter Banks, 128.

Sefton Council Liberal Democrat leader urges coffee drinkers to shun Starbucks for failing to pay corporation tax in the UK - and instead support local independent cafes in Southport

A NORTH West councillor is calling on people in the region to support independent coffee shops – and boycott Starbucks.

Boundary bosses reject Lib Dem proposals to bring parts of Sefton into the West Lancashire constituency

PROPOSALS to bring parts of Sefton into the West Lancashire constituency have been rejected in the latest Boundary Commission report.

Former Aughton headteacher becomes mayor of St Helens

A FORMER Aughton headteacher is set to become the new mayor of St Helens, just weeks after he was confirmed as deputy mayor.

West Lancs voters go to polls in council elections

VOTERS in West Lancs go to the polls today for this year’s council elections – with a number of seats set to be hotly contested.

Cameras set to roll as Question Time comes to Southport

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WEST Lancs residents are welcome to watch political heavyweights going head-to-head over current affairs as Question Time comes to the area this evening (Thursday).

West Lancs MP explains her decision to defy party orders and vote in favour of EU referendum

WEST Lancashire’s MP defied party orders to vote in favour of a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

Liberal Democrats put forward proposals for alternative constituency boundaries

ALTERNATIVE electoral boundary proposals which would bring parts of Sefton in to West Lancashire have been put forward for review.