Saturday, December 03, 2016

'SHOP LOCAL' IN BRIGG ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Today (Saturday, December 3) is Small Business Saturday across the UK and Brigg outlets of all kinds will be welcoming your custom.
This is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small firms in their community.
North Lincolnshire Council and the Brigg Town Business Partnership is right behind Small Business Saturday.
Find out more at www.smallbusinesssaturday.org.uk and please remember to 'shop local' if you can today.

BRIGG PUB & RESTAURANT APPLICATION DISCUSSED

An application seeking permission to retain a kitchen extraction system at a Brigg hostelry which serves meals has met with no objections from Brigg Town Council - the first stage in the planning process.
The application relates to the former Black Bull Inn at 3 Wrawby Street - now converted into Dexters Alehouse & Kitchen, the town centre's newest pub/restaurant.
Coun Mike Storey, chairman of Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee, told a meeting held in the Angel Suite that he would be pleased to see this issue resolved.
Coun Brian Parker added that he could see no problem with the application.
North Lincolnshire Council will now decide whether to grant permission.
A conservation officer at the unitary authority has  raised no objections, telling planning colleagues: "Whilst the extraction system is visible, it is not in a conspicuous position and does not stand out overtly to an extent that negatively impacts on the character and appearance of the conservation area. 
"It can be justified in this instance to ensure the business use of the property and the amenity of the nearby properties."

BRIGG CHARITY FUNDRAISER A-HEAD OF CHRISTMAS

A head shave for charity is to take place in Brigg A-HEAD of Christmas!
Mark Parker will be losing his locks to raise funds for the Mcmillan cancer charity.
If you wish to sponsor and support his efforts for this worthy cause, and watch the shave, get down to the Woolpack Inn, in the Market Place, on Saturday, December 17 at 6pm.
Brigg Blog's thanks go to Coun Ian Wilson and to Mike Williams, mine host at the Woolie, for giving us the nod about the head shave.

BRIGG RECREATION GROUND REFURB COMPLETION DATE REVEALED


Work has been going on for months to refurbish Brigg Recreation Ground, off Wrawby Road, providing an all-weather floodlit sports pitch, tennis courts and adding a new changing room block.
Sportsmen and women have been eagerly awaiting a completion date for the work being carried out for North Lincolnshire Council. And now we have it...
Councillor Rob Waltham, from Brigg, deputy leader of North Lincolnshire Council, told his fellow members of Brigg Town Council that  the contractor is to "hand over the site" in mid-December.
As this date is near Christmas and the New Year it looks like being January before we will see the official opening and the first games played at the 21st century facility - something in which town teams will be able to take great pride when hosting home games.
Coun Waltham has also revealed that paths on the town's Newlands housing estate are to be improved in the next few weeks.

Friday, December 02, 2016

SET FAIR FOR BIG BRIGG CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON

 

Brigg Town Council, which provided the Christmas lights in the town centre, is hoping for a really big turn-out of people for the switch-on tonight (Friday, December 2).
So are members of the Brigg Town Business Partnership, who run our shops, many of which will be staying open late tonight so folk can do their Christmas shopping.
Brigg Town Council says: "From 4.45pm it's time to get into the Christmas Spirit and the big light switch-on is at 5pm. "We will have the lovely John Marshall from Lincs FM on stage with us,  and the cast members from Aladdin at Grimsby Auditorium. 
"Come along and enjoy the atmosphere and free parking from 4pm (but do put a ticket in your car first!)."
The centre-piece Christmas tree is already in place in the Market Place, near the Buttercross, complete with hanging baubles on some of the lower branches, we note.
Brigg Blog has checked the weather forecast and there's only a small chance of rain, although it will be cloudy.
However, it won't be as cold as late, which is a definite bonus!
There will be a wide range of eateries open tonight, as well as shops selling goods of all kinds.
Brigg District Lions will be staging their ever-popular Christmas Fair.
There will be stalls in the Market Place, along Wrawby Street and in the Angel.
So be sure to take plenty of cash with you!

Our picture showing last year's event was taken by Ken Harrison, of Brigg.

LEAVES ON THE LINE: BRIGG STATION TREE REMOVAL WILL HELP


FROM PAUL JOHNSON, BRIGG RAILWAY LINE CAMPAIGNER

We were delighted to see the Network Rail team at Brigg on Saturday (November 26) cutting down the trees on the Sheffield platform.
For a number of years we have been asking for this, as leaves cause problems on the rails and the trees damage  the platform surface.
Sadly, for the second week in a row, Brigg, Kirton In Lindsey and Gainsborough Central stations had not been gritted. This has been logged via the customer service department at Northern.
The new bin on the Sheffield platform still awaits a bin-bag but  the problem of flooded platforms  had gone due to a dry week.
The platform lights have now been fixed and came on at 15:55 - just as the late-running 15:20 Cleethorpes to Sheffield train arrived. 
Sadly,  the condition of the track due to leaf fall and lack of use caused delays again.
2H03, the 08:03 Sheffield to Cleethorpes train via Brigg, struggled yet again to get to track speed between Gainsborough and Brigg.
This meant  the connection at Barnetby with 2T30, the 09:39 to Lincoln and Newark, was lost as one train left as the other  arrived!
A delay of up to 10 minutes seems to be  normal now on all services and until extra trains run, or the track is cleaned, I think this will remain for some time.
Passenger numbers were encouraging as a number of customers came to Brigg and Gainsborough for shopping.
Brave travellers went to "Igloo" Cleethorpes!

Paul has supplied this picture, taken from the footbridge at Brigg station, showing work being undertaken on trees near one of the platforms (left) as a freight train approaches on the other line. 

BRIGG CONSULTATION EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN WE THOUGHT


The turnout of more than 100 people for  the recent consultation session in the Buttercross about the Brigg Neighbourhood Plan pleased Coun Rob Waltham, who is chairing the group now drawing up the blueprint showing how local folk want to see their town develop in years to come.
Brigg Blog left the consultation session with about 90 minutes still to run, by which time 70 people had come through the door. We later gave "approaching 100 people" as the estimated attendance.
However, Coun Waltham has now given an updated, official figure, of 100+ which is more than we thought.
He gave a report on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan to Brigg Town Council's monthly meeting held on Monday night in the Angel Suite, saying that they  "will now take things to the next level."
He thanked officers from North Lincolnshire Council for their valued support at the consultation, fellow town councillors who assisted and John Colby, a volunteer who had contributed a great deal of knowledge, particularly on environmental matters.
Four new volunteers also came forward.
Once the Neighbourhood Plan has been finalised, it will be presented to townsfolk and a referendum held over its adoption.
The contents of an adopted plan must be considered by the local planning authority when applications are made for future developments.
Brigg Blog must admit surprise that out of the 100+ people who attended the consultation, only a handful supported earmarking a site for a major fast food chain to set up in the town centre. This gave us food for thought! We were expecting this to be something many people would want to see.