Tuesday, July 26, 2016

D-DAY TOMORROW FOR BRIGG NEW HOMES PLAN

A Brigg planning application which has been awaiting a decision for almost a year could finally be decided tomorrow.
North Lincolnshire Council considers this to be an application of significant public interest. 
Shirecare Property Co Ltd is seeking the go-ahead to erect five dwellings and garages on land to the west of Almond Grove.
The application will go before North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 27 at Scunthorpe Civic Centre, off Ashby Road, starting at 2pm.
The meeting is open to interested members of the public.
An officer's assessment report, prepared ahead of the meeting, says the main issues to consider in the determination of this application are: 

  • Whether the proposed development would have an unacceptable impact on the character or appearance of the area
  • Whether the development would be harmful to highway safety along Almond  Grove
  • Whether the development would have an unacceptable impact on the amenities of neighbouring properties.

The committee, comprising councillors drawn from across the district, has the power to grant permission, refuse an application or decide to make a site visit before reaching a decision at a future meeting.
Council staff are recommending approval in this case.
North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee is chaired by Coun Nigel Sherwood (Brigg & Wolds).

BRIGG TOWN FC TAKE GOOD FORM INTO TONIGHT'S LOCAL DERBY

 The Hawthorns ground - home of Brigg Town Football Club - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Town Football Club haven't fared too well over the past season or two when compared to many campaigns since their formation in the 1860s.
But there are signs that things are looking good for the 2016/17 campaign, if the most recent pre-season results are an indicator.
On Saturday, the Zebras must have been delighted to defeat a Lincoln City X1 - VIEW THE CLUB'S MATCH REPORT HERE
The previous friendly saw Brigg beat Immingham Town 5-1, prior to which they won 2-1 at South Cave.
Tonight (Tuesday, July 26) the Zebras have an away cup-tie at Barton Town Old Boys (6.30pm KO).
Then, on Saturday (July 30) there's another friendly at The Hawthorns, pictured, with Radcliffe Olympic providing the opposition (3pm KO).
Brigg Town will be playing this season in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League division one.
The division comprises 22 teams, including Winterton Rangers and Grimsby Borough.

BECOME A RIDE LEADER, BRIGG CYCLISTS URGED

Coun Carl Sherwood says: "Cycling is a brilliant form of exercise and a great way to explore your local area." - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

FROM CHRIS O'ROURKE, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL

Do you love cycling for fun? Are you passionate about encouraging others to get on their bikes and go ride? We’re looking for you!
We’re looking for confident, recreational cyclists to train as British Cycling Ride Leaders. You don’t need to be a cycling expert or competitive racer, just be confident riding in a group and have a good level of cycling fitness.
We welcome all kinds of cyclists; as long as you have heaps of enthusiasm and you’re happy to support beginner riders and families you can apply for a place on the training.
The assessed one-day course to become a Ride Leader qualifies you to deliver guided rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.
The Ride Leaders level 1 course – paid for by North Lincolnshire Council – will be held in Scunthorpe in early September 2016. Once qualified, you will receive free British Cycling membership in return for you leading rides in North Lincolnshire in line with British Cycling’s policies and procedures.
Coun Carl Sherwood, from Brigg (pictured), Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Cycling is a brilliant form of exercise and a great way to explore your local area. This is a fantastic opportunity for people who are passionate about cycling to pass on their enthusiasm by becoming Ride Leaders.”
If you’re interested in becoming a Ride Leader and putting on your own rides across North Lincolnshire, you can contact Lindsay Heathfield for an expression of interest form: email lindsay.heathfield@northlincs.gov.uk or call 07717588193.

BRIGG PARKS ARE SUI GENERIS

Woodbine Park, Brigg - built on the site of the former prefab housing estate - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

This is National Parks Week so Brigg Blog thought we'd look out a picture or two from our files to show the town's Woodbine Park  (above) and East Park (below).
Woodbine Park is a play area built on the site of the post-war prefab housing estate, long since demolished, while East Park is the small tree-enhanced area near the Tintab(s) seating shelter, close to the Monument war memorial and beside the A18.
Actually, it appears National Parks Week is seven days spotlighting our National Parks, eg North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Snowdonia, rather than a week focussing attention on local parks (and green spaces) across the UK. 
Please note the use of "eg" in the previous sentence - an abbreviation taken from the Latin exempli gratia ("for example").
We were very interested to see it suggested in one of the national papers over the weekend that all Government websites are to be banned from using Latin phrases and abbreviations, as it appears they cause confusion, particularly to users of so-called social media.
Brigg Blog had to smile because  the planning portal used by local councils features some applications described as sui generis.
That's a Latin term meaning in a class by itself and is an officially defined planning category  to cover casinos, petrol stations, beauty parlours, etc, (sorry, there we go again slipping in the Latin et cetera).
We wonder how the Government web masters et al (sorry, again!) at national level might address this apparent contradition of banning Latin but then using it as a planning term. 
Following comments we made earlier this year about sui generis being something few folk could be expected to understand, we had better point out that North Lincolnshire Council has included a helpful description in the latest Brigg application as you can see here.. but our old friend sui generis still gets a mention!

View Brigg Blog's original posting when we suggested it was time to chop sui (generis that is)...

The Tintab shelter on East Park, Brigg - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Monday, July 25, 2016

CLEARANCE SALE BY B&M WHICH HAS NEW BRIGG STORE

The B&M store in Brigg which opened in 2016 - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

B&M, which opened its Brigg store earlier this year near Spring's Parade, has a clearance sale starting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 26) which should interest shoppers.
The retailer is offering big savings on electricals, garden, furniture "and so much more."
It says the sale relates to selected lines only and is subject to availability and while stocks last.

BRIGG TOWN COUNCILLORS TO CONSIDER WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS

Brigg in Bloom flowers adding colour to the town - Ken Harrison picture used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Town Council has a meeting tonight (Monday, July 25) which is open to interested members of the public. The venue is the Angel Suite and the start time 7pm.
Access to the Angel Suite at this time is day is through the Rotunda, the conservatory-like building at the back of the building on the edge of the car park.
Items of interest on the agenda include:

  • Public Question Time
  • Monthly report  on Brigg items of interest from the Brigg & Wolds councillors who serve on the North Lincolnshire unitary authority
  • Request for grant aid towards new equipment from Ancholme Rowing Club, based on Manley Gardens, Brigg.
  • Request to install a public seating bench on St Helen's Road made at an earlier meeting by Tom Glossop,  Freeman of Brigg and former long-serving councillor
  • Consider refurbishment of the Tin Tab(s) public seating shelter near the Monument war memorial
  • Proposals for the future of the Millennium Green, off Elwes Street.
  • Brigg in Bloom Project update and options.
  • Brigg allotments report (Atherton Way/Redcombe Lane and Grammar School Road sites).
PICTURED: Flower power in Brigg by Ken Harrison. Brigg in Bloom is on the agenda for tonight's meeting.

BRIGG TRAIN FARES 'SHOULD BE REDUCED'

A passenger train calling at Brigg railway station - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

FROM PAUL JOHNSON, STATION PORTFOLIO MANAGER, GAINSBOROUGH, RETFORD & BRIGG BUS AND RAIL GROUP (GRaB)

On Saturday (July 23), Sheffield United played at Grimsby Town in a pre-season friendly.  It was of note that NO fans came via Brigg but instead took the TPE (Trans Pennine Express) services via Doncaster, as the ticket offer available was much cheaper.
However, the 0803 Sheffield to Cleethorpes train via Brigg was full again when it left the town.
Passenger pick-ups who remained on the train to travel  the Brigg Line got on as follows:

  • Sheffield Midland 14 
  • Woodhouse 4
  • Kiveton Park 2
  • Shireoaks 4
  • Worksop 47
  • Retford Low Level 13
  • Gainsborough Central 9 
  • Kirton in Lindsey 6.
  • Brigg 13

We shall be approaching Arriva Northern again soon to ask them to work with Network Rail to increase the line speed between Kirton Lime Sidings and Brigg Station.
The line speed used to be 60 mph but for some reason was reduced to 40 mph when the track was replaced in 2008.  
Comments on social media are in favour of a reduction of the Brigg to Gainsborough Central return fare, which stands at £10.80p. Under the guidelines of the mileage calculator it should be around £7.90.
A Rover ticket between the three Saturday Only stations still seem a logical way forward to boost numbers. 
Following the amalgamation of the Friends Of The Brigg Line group with the renamed Gainsborough, Retford & Brigg Bus and Rail Group ( GRaB ) Arriva Northern have kindly agreed to print some new station posters to promote the Brigg Line at 19 stations. 
The Penistone Line Partnership have also kindly agreed to lend their catering trolley for the summer 2017 where food and drinks can be served between Worksop and Cleethorpes on some services. However, this will require a  better unit been deployed for the Brigg Line.
A request has gone in again to Network Rail to cut the overgrowing sections of grass on the platforms at Brigg and Gainsborough Central.


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