Saturday, March 24, 2018
FROM LEE FIELDEN, BARNETBY FOOTBALL CLUB
Barnetby Football Club's dream of lifting the Nursing Cup is over following a 2-1 defeat in the final at Brumby Hall, Scunthorpe.
A lacklustre first half saw them trail Scunthonians 2-0 at the break as mistakes were punished.
A reshuffle at half time saw a vast improvement and Barnetby held the upper hand in the second half.
A thundering header from skipper Joe Scott threw the Railwaymen a lifeline with 5 minutes remaining but Scuns held firm to lift lift the trophy.
Our thanks go to Lee for the report and the picture of the Barnetby team.
Brigg people will get an opportunity to raise issues of interest to them with members of the Town Council at a special session next week.
The Annual Town Meeting 2018 will be held on Monday, March 26 in the Angel Suite, starting at 7.30pm.
There's an open invitation for town residents to attend and, if they wish, question their elected representatives.
In addition, there will be reports on the past year's achievements from Brigg Town Council and also North Lincolnshire Council, which will be represented on the night.
1. Welcome by the Town Mayor (Coun Sharon Riggall, pictured above)
2. To Receive Minutes of the 2017 Annual Town Meeting
3. Matters arising from the Minutes
4. Town Mayor’s Report
5. Reports from others, to include:
i. North Lincolnshire Councillors.
ii. Policing in Brigg (subject to officer availability)
6. Brigg in Bloom Update – Coun Riggall
7. OPEN FORUM – the opportunity for you to raise your own issues with the Town Mayor and your elected representatives.
"HAVE YOUR SAY, IT’S YOUR TURN TO SPEAK!"
Brigg Blog has early 1960s childhood memories of being taken on a big green Lincolnshire Road Car double-decker bus to Scunthorpe Market - the old one in the centre of the steel town before the current indoor market was established in the early 1970s.
So we have been interested to hear about an ambitious scheme to move the current Scunthorpe indoor market to a former department store.
Brigg's Coun Rob Waltham - in his role as Leader of North Lincolnshire Council - has commented at length about what's in the pipeline.
Many people from Brigg like to visit Scunthorpe Market during shopping trips.
So - largely for their benefit - we are sharing the details (see below).
We went shopping with mother around Brigg Market on many a Thursday in the 1960s.
The first thing drummed into children back then was to keep a very close eye out for traffic, as the Market Place stalls were beside the A18 and vehicles of all sizes trundled past.
This was far from ideal and through traffic ceased when the pedestrianisation scheme was introduced during the 1990s.
However, as we've said so many times on Brigg Blog, some motorists continue to ignore the No Entry signs and drive into the town centre without just cause.
"Loading Only" is what the signs say is permitted. No reference is made to visiting cash points or using the pedestrian area as a short cut!
A local question arising out of the council's plans for Scunthorpe town centre is whether Brigg might benefit from moving our market stalls indoors.
Brigg's Market Charter was granted in the early 13th century, since when stalls have always been outdoors (see picture above).
The former HSBC bank premises are currently for sale, with NatWest's imposing building due to close in June.
Buying either would be expensive for the public purse and the outlay could never be recovered by way of rents from stallholders.
There's also an issue about whether these premises would be large enough.
It might be possible to house the Thursday general market stalls but the very popular monthly farmers' market would be too extensive to accommodate.
Location revealed for new indoor market for Scunthorpe
|A vision of how the new Market Hall will look|
Plans to invest in a new, modern, indoor market that will continue the regeneration of Scunthorpe town centre have been discussed with traders.
The existing Scunthorpe Market building requires a multi-million pound refurbishment to meet the current appropriate standards.
In addition, traders would have to move to a temporary facility or cease trading whilst the building was re-fitted. Both traders and shoppers were clear this was not an option during a recent consultation.
The Leader of North Lincolnshire Council Cllr Rob Waltham revealed the former BHS store in the Parishes is the preferred new home for the market.
“These plans not only create a great new location for a modern, vibrant indoor market but also bring back into life a prominent town centre store,” Cllr Waltham said.
“In fact many traders and shoppers suggested BHS as a new home for the market in the consultation.
“We have listened to our residents and traders and the result is this exciting announcement for Scunthorpe town centre.
“The former BHS store is a terrific location, close to the bus station where footfall is high and in the heart of the town’s retail offer. Also we hope that the new market will help support other retailers to take up units in the area.
“We have been through an extensive business planning process and relocating the market to BHS provides best value for local taxpayers, whilst also keeping the current market trading.”
This represents a substantial investment as part of the council and business led £60-million commitment to regenerate Scunthorpe town centre, said Cllr Waltham.
“There is a lot of work to do but now we have a location, we can work with traders on the detail,” he said.
This option will allow the traders to continue trading at the existing site until the new facility is ready to open for business, ensuring minimum disruption to their livelihood.
The new market will also be important to the wider business community in the town centre.
“Our stated aim is to bring more visitors into Scunthorpe. We are one of the only councils in the country to offer free car parking and hundreds of thousands of visits prove how this is supporting our local economy and providing a free offer to our residents.
“Now we are keen to continue to support more employment and business opportunities in and around the town centre.”
“We are determined to transform the town centre into a successful retail, education, employment and leisure destination.
“Most of the town centre investment will come from businesses; the council is a small but instrumental player in improving the town.” Cllr Waltham said.
“However, this investment sends out a clear message that we are serious about increasing prosperity in North Lincolnshire.”
Increased footfall through a quality market offer are the objectives. He pointed to the success of Ashby Market as an example of how a market could be revitalised.
“This is a new concept - it is not a simple relocation.”
“We are looking to create a market that has a real buzz and great atmosphere. Somewhere customers want to go and traders want to be.”
“If people doubt our ambitions I would point them in the direction of Ashby. The investment there and the subsequent move has regenerated the area.”
“We have a waiting list of traders wanting to be part of it. That’s what we want to do with the new market in Scunthorpe.”
Cllr Waltham said there was a commitment from the council to consultation throughout the development process.
FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
From 1 April 2018, North Lincolnshire Council is changing the council tax support scheme to make it fairer for everyone who pays council tax.
The maximum level of financial support towards paying some residents council tax bills will reduce from 77 per cent to 50 per cent.
The changes affect those of working age who are currently receiving help to pay their council tax bills through the council tax support scheme.
The council is sending an explanatory leaflet to residents with their council tax bills in March to let those affected know. The aim is to also let others know about the scheme who may be eligible.
Around 5,000 residents will be affected. It does not affect pensioners – they will still be entitled to receive up to 100 per cent support. Also, those with a disability will continue to receive up to 77 per cent assistance.
The council is making it easier for residents to access their accounts – they can check their council tax bills online 24/7, see payments they’ve made or view any discounts they receive. People can also pay their bill online.
To register for this free service, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk and click ‘My Account’ on the home page. All you need is an email address and your council tax account number.
For more details about other financial support available, visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/moneyadvice.
Cllr Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), Leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The changes are necessary to make it fairer to everyone.
“The council has a duty to all taxpayers to deliver cost effective services. It is unfair for tax payers to keep subsiding some residents to the tune of 77 per cent”.
“We want to encourage more people to work so they can earn money and contribute themselves. Working provides many benefits – to health and finances. Earning money enables you to provide for your family and buy things you need or want, which ultimately improves quality of life.
“From April, we will reduce what the council pays to 50 per cent, which is still a big contribution to help those genuine cases where people may be struggling.”
Friday, March 23, 2018
This is going to be a big weekend for live music fans in Brigg town centre with two gigs to enjoy.
Local band The Dirty Pitchers, who have quite a following in the district and beyond, will be playing at the White Hart, Bridge Street, on Saturday night - March 24 - from 8pm.
The band will be performing its Britpop set during a gig arranged at short notice.
On the same evening, Emma-Jo (pictured below) will be entertaining visitors at the Woolpack, in the Market Place, with her vocal talents.
As these venues are close together - either side of the County Bridge - there's an opportunity to see both acts perform.
The Dirty Pitchers have played a number of town venues in recent years, including the Yarborough Hunt, where we see them performing in the above picture on Brigg Bike Night.
A Brigg fair is to be held this weekend, but it's not to be confused with the historic one that takes place every August.
This one is a wedding fair taking place at the Angel Suite, in the town centre, on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 (from 10am to 6pm).
It's being held in conjunction with Suzanne and Tracey from the Bosom Buddies charity and will feature a number of exclusive vendors.
Brides and husbands-to-be will be welcome, along with mums, dads and bridesmaids.
There's plenty of parking next to the Angel Suite, off Elwes Street (access via Bigby Street).
Those heading to the fair on foot can use Exchange Place, off the Market Place (next to the Lord Nelson Hotel).
Call the Angel Suite on 07921599197 or 07903531201 for further details or email email@example.com
These pictures were taken during previous wedding fairs in the Angel Suite, which is operated by Brigg Town Council and available to hire for a variety of events and purposes.
A proposed scheme for an extension to school premises in Brigg will be considered by councillors at a meeting next week.
Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee will meet in the Angel Suite on Monday, March 26 at 6.30pm. Members of the public may attend.
The planning committee's chairman is Coun Mike Storey, pictured above.
BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED
1. Notice convening the meeting.
2. To Receive apologies and approve reasons for absence.
3. (a) To record declarations of interest by any member of the council in respect of the agenda items listed below. Members declaring interests should identify the agenda item and type of interest being declared.
(b) To note dispensations given to any member of the council in respect of agenda items listed below.
4. To Receive any general correspondence.
5. a) To Receive and Note any Applications for Market Consent
b) To Receive and Consider any Applications for a Grant or Variation of Premises Licence.
6. To Receive the update on outstanding issues from the Clerk
7. a) TO CONSIDER ANY PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, INCLUDING ANY ADDITIONAL PLANS PUBLICISED BUT RECEIVED AFTER THE AGENDA WAS CIRCULATED:
- To erect an extension and carry out alterations at Demeter House, Bigby Street, Brigg, DN20 8EF. Read more here...
- To convert garage, erect first floor side extension and internal alterations at 12 St James Road, Brigg, DN20 8DU
- Garage conversion to habitable room, detached single garage & day room to rear of property at 6 The Copse, Brigg, DN20 9HY
To relocate vehicular entrance and driveway and the erection of gates at 47 Bigby High Road, Brigg, DN20 9HB - Approved with conditions.
Advertisement consent to retain one sign and replace one with a tall forecourt sign at Thomas Bell And Sons Ltd, Bigby Road, Brigg, DN20 8RA - Approved with conditions.
Two storey extension to the principal elevation including minor alterations at 16 Springbank, Brigg, DN20 8PW - Approved with conditions.