Wednesday, December 02, 2015


The new-look Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, Brigg, is now open for business.
There are many new features inside the old hostelry, near The Monument.
We were kindly invited along to the opening night by mine host Calvin Dow and talked to a number of familiar faces in Brigg who also attended.
They included what you might call "ordinary drinkers" plus members of the local business community. Some councillors also popped along.
Meals will start in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, there's a good range of real ales, classy spirits and cocktails to enjoy.
View a gallery of 27 pictures from the reopening night here....

PICTURED ABOVE: Dawn Clipson, Tabatha Johnson, Calvin Dow and Phil Clipson, as the first drink is pulled in the new-look Britannia Inn.


An update on the extensive Newlands Estate sewer, road and path improvements contract has been given to Brigg Town Council.
It came from our three Brigg & Wolds Ward representatives on North Lincolnshire Council, the highway authority.
"Work is still ongoing on Birch Avenue, although we are advised it is still on schedule and we continue to receive compliments from residents about the conduct of the contractors," said Couns Carl Sherwood, Coun Rob Waltham and Coun Nigel Sherwood.
The Newlands Estate - providing what we today call community housing for dozens of families - was built in the 1930s during the era of Brigg Urban District Council.
Many of the families who first occupied homes on the estate  moved there from small properties with only basic facilities within town centre courtyards, off Wrawby Street.
These were subsequently cleared and are now occupied by the town's main Old Courts Road car park.


Anyone who is refused planning permission can appeal at national level in an effort to get the council's "No" turned into a "Yes."
This is a rarely exercised option, particularly for small schemes. But it has happened in Brigg.
Having been refused permission  to erect a detached bungalow  on land adjacent to 16 Bigby High Road,  John Lawton lodged an appeal against North Lincolnshire Council's decision.
There are several different ways  appeals can be handled. But in this case it will be by "Written Representation."
This means a Planning Inspector will consider statements on behalf of Mr Lawton and also from the local authority.
A design and access statement submitted to the council with the application seeking permission to build said: "The detached bungalow is designed to reflect an established mature building by  using multi-red facing bricks together with a roof covered with Britlock roof slates,  having a roof pitch of 35 degrees. 
"The applicant is keen to construct a dwelling which will reflect other established dwellings, which will help to blend in seamlessly within the local environment at the same time providing a high quality sustainable dwelling." 
The council refused permission. And in April revealed its reasons for doing so, suggesting:  "The proposed development is unacceptable as it would result in a cramped form of development that would be out of keeping with the surrounding settlement pattern and would have a significant and adverse impact upon the character and appearance of the area and the street scene. The development would also harm the amenity afforded neighbouring properties."
A decision will be announced in due course by the Planning Inspectorate. 

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Results have now been announced for the top town in Britain competition, in which Brigg reached the final judging. View the result here...


Brigg footballers from Briggensians FC have a big game coming up on Saturday (December 5) when the team from division three journeys to top-flight Limestone Rangers for a third round tie in the T.S.W. Printers Challenge Cup.
At the weekend, Briggensians lost in a different cup competition to another team from division one.
The Brigg lads - based at Sir John Nelthorpe School - were defeated 4-1 by College Wanderers. Stuart Briscoe scored for Briggensians in this E C Surfacing Ltd Sporting Shield third round encounter.   

DIVISION THREE                                  
                                P   W   D   L    F    A  Diff Pts
      BARNETBY UNITED RES           11   6   4   1   38   18  20   22
      LIMESTONE RANGERS RES          9   5   2   2   30   16  14   17
      THE BUTCHERS ARMS              5   5   0   0   30    2  28   15
      SCOTTER UNITED RES            10   4   2   4   24   27  -3   14
      BRIGGENSIANS                   6   3   2   1   19   10   9   11
      COLLEGE WANDERERS  RES    9   4   2   3   24   23   1   11-
      A.F.C. QUEENSWAY               7   2   1   4   17   14   3   10+
      CROWLE TOWN COLTS RES         10   1   4   5   19   43 -24    7
      MIDTOWN UNITED                 6   1   1   4    8   26 -18    4
      SANTON                         9   1   0   8   13   43 -30    3 


Brigg town centre could look a bit brighter during the colder months of the year.
The Town Council is looking into a  20/21 Group suggestion to extend the popular summer hanging baskets scheme into winter.
Coun Mike Campion told the council's November meeting he felt it to be a good idea, as the town centre could look bare at this time of year.
The cost to the council is unlikely to amount to much.
Further information is expected to be presented for councillors to consider at a future meeting.


Bargain Booze, in Spring's Parade, Brigg, will open from noon to 3pm on Christmas Day.
In addition to beer, wine and spirits, the shop stocks cigarettes, sweets, crips, nuts and even greetings cards.
The premises will be staying open until 10pm on Christmas Eve.
We are telling Brigg Blog followers this because some of you will have forgotten to have stocked up on something important for the festive period. 
Mother-in-law's favourite tipple, perhaps.
This information might keep you out of the dog house!