Monday, August 31, 2015


Brigg Amateur Social Historians begin the new season of monthly meetings tomorrow (Tuesday, September 1).
Those Mitford Girls is the title of an illustrated talk for BASH being given by Marilyn Roberts at Brigg Servicemen's Club, Coney Court (8pm start).
Admission free - all welcome. No need to book and refreshments will be provided. A raffle will be held to help defray costs.
BASH holds one of these meetings every month at the same venue, which is alongside the town's main car park, where there's no charge to leave your car at this time of night.


North Lincolnshire Council has approved a planning application to erect a single-storey rear extension, a two-storey side extension and a single-storey link extension between house and outbuilding at St Gerrards, Lindum Crescent, off Colton Street, Brigg.
Consent has been given to fell 3 trees within Brigg Conservation Area at 3 Manor House Convent, Bigby Street.
Advertisment consent has been given to display a fascia sign at the NFU, 3A Queen Street, also within the Conservation Area.
Planning permission is currently being sought to erect a white UPVC porch at 9 Chapel Way.


Brigg Blog would like to warn householders to beware of a bank holiday sting.
Those fortunate enough to get some time off work will have a list of chores to undertake which may  include visiting  bottle and can recycling facilities to empty overflowing recycling boxes.
If you are doing so, watch out for wasps. They get inside the containers and can emerge from the entry holes just as your hand is depositing cans and bottles.
We can tell you from personal experience that wasps are a hazard at the recycling station in Old Courts Road.


North Lincolnshire Council has a job vacancy for a partnership and planning officer to work at its Hewson House offices in Station Road, Brigg.
The salary is on a scale £19,000+ to £22,000+.
This is a temporary one-year post and is 37 hours per week, and the  closing date is midnight on September 2. View full details and apply here...

Sunday, August 30, 2015


We are now seeking your nominations for the deepest pothole in Brigg.
This is because the previous holder of the unwanted title is no more.
Ken Harrison, who took the above picture, explains: "The infamous axle-breaking pothole at the entrance of Springs Way have been filled-in."
Ken says Tesco recruited a Nottingham contractor to fill in the big one, and others in Springs Parade.
Drivers who dipped a wheel  near the old Lidl store will be thankful for the remedial work.
However, this repair means we must seek  a successor. And Brigg Blog would like to nominate one in St Helen's Road that's been getting bigger by the week. It's near the lay-by/turning circle.
Please post a comment on this story if you wish to make a nomination, or email
We can't expect Tesco to tackle the St Helen's Road hole. This one will have to be done by North Lincolnshire Council, the highway authority. 


Those people who did venture to Brigg pubs last night (Saturday) were left wondering why the hostelries were relatively quiet.
This being a bank holiday, with good weather, we expected the town centre to be heaving. But although Friday was apparently busy, Saturday was not. We can only conclude that people were at home, saving their "hard-earned" to spend in Brigg pubs tonight. And/or tomorrow.
For some of us who are knocking on a bit, one night "on the town" is about all we can manage.
Last night saw us visit, from 9.30pm, the Yarborough Hunt, Dying Gladiator and White Horse - in that order.
We passed the White Hart, Woolpack and Lord Nelson and were able to observe the numbers inside as we passed by.


We went down after the evening meeting and took this picture looking across the Donkey Field play area towards the tree-lined development site. Homes in Almond Grove can be seen on the right.

A proposal to build five new homes, with garages, on land off Almond Grove, Brigg, was examined in great detail by the Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee.
The House of Lords has a function to scrutinise Parliamentary Bills before they become Acts and therefore laws of the land. Brigg Town Council, at grassroots level in local government, has a similar role within the planning process, with the North Lincolnshire unitary authority having the final say on whether permission is granted to applicants.
Brigg's Planning & Environment Committee met in the Angel Suite, under the chairmanship of Coun Mike Storey,  and looked at this application  with a fine toothcomb.
The area of land in question is near Almond Grove, close to the Donkey Field play area (pictured) and  the allotments off Atherton Way. It has an array of mature poplar trees.
Older Brigg Blog followers will recall this once being the Tune family estate, if we can call it that - Mountain Ash.
Just about every member of the Brigg Town Council committee chipped into the discussions at some point. They looked at everything from access to trees, drainage, the approximate number of cars per household, and even the likely collection arrangements for wheelie bins and recycling boxes.
On several occasions it was suggested that if local residents had views or "local knowledge" to impart to the planners, they should make them known to North Lincolnshire Council.
The poplar trees on the site were discussed at length. Will they be left as they are? Will they be lopped to reduce the height? As poplars draw huge amounts of water from the ground, would their removal affect local drainage? 
Coun Storey pointed out this is a brownfield, "infill" site which could mean new housing for Brigg "without resorting to greenfield."
Coun Ann Eardley, the Deputy Town Mayor, contributed to the discussions as many points were raised and discussed. Her local knowledge of the Newlands Estate is, of course, second to none!
The application got a very thorough hearing,  following which the Town Clerk  passed on the Town Council's observations to North Lincolnshire's planners who must now decide the application.