Wednesday, May 23, 2018


New Brigg Town Mayor Coun Donald Campbell was installed during the Town Council's annual meeting this week.
The town's first citizen for 2018/9 has chosen Pancreatic Cancer Action as the charity to benefit from various fundraising events he will be holding for the mayoral appeal fund over the coming months.
Coun Campbell, who had just served 12 months as Deputy Town Mayor, has been a keen supporter of previous fundraising events for Pancreatic Cancer Action by the small but very active group in Brigg.
Its members include former councillors Andrew 'Sass' Markham and Lesley Whitehand,
Zoe Hall - another member of the team - attended at the Angel Suite to see Coun Campbell accept the honour of being Town Mayor and receive his chain of office from retiring Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall.
She thanked many people for their support during the past 12 months, including her husband.
Coun Campbell, 58, who lives on the Springbank estate, is a team leader with the 2 Sisters company in Scunthorpe, and has lived locally since 1985.
He has gained experience overseeing meetings as vice-chairman of the Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee.
One of his new roles will be chairing monthly council meeting of the authority.
Originally, he lived in Ayr, north of the border.
Installed as Deputy Town Mayor for 2018/19 at the annual meeting in the Angel Suite was Coun Brian Parker, of Bigby High Road.
Widely known in the district, he established a sizeable company in Brigg and has undertaken a good deal of charity work within the community.
Coun Parker was the first secretary of Brigg Town Cricket Club in the mid-1970s when he was a middle-order batsman and we batted somewhat further down the order!
The new Mayoress is Coun Campbell's wife, Coun Tina Campbell.
Brigg Blog congratulates the civic leadership team members on their election to office and has observed - at first hand - the hard work put in by Coun Riggall during her 12 months in office.
If we have to single out one item, it would be her commitment to Brigg in Bloom, which has done so much to add colour to the town and been well received by residents and visitors.

PICTURED ABOVE: In the Angel Courtyard following their installation, left to right: Coun Brian Parker, Deputy Town Mayor 2018/19; Coun Donald Campbell, the new Brigg Town Mayor; Coun Tina Campbell, Mayoress.

Coun Sharon Riggall carrying out her final duty as Town Mayor, handing over the chain of office to the new first citizen, Coun Donald Campbell, in the Angel Suite during the annual meeting of Brigg Town Council on May 21, 2018.


There is going to be quite a party at a Brigg town centre pub on what is destined to be its final day before closing the doors for good.
"Please join us for the last night of the Nelthorpe Arms," says the management in an open invitation to the public. "Let's make it a night to remember!"
The event  at the historic Bridge Street hostelry will be on Sunday, May 27 when the last pints will be pulled and enjoyed by the final customers.
Some members of popular local band The Dirty Pitchers will be there.
Attractions on the last night will include:

  • Free bar snacks
  • Free, unlimited cola for all children accompanied by an adult
  • A charity quiz with proceeds donated to the Lions
  • An open mic session from 7pm featuring some members of The Dirty Pitchers.
The Nelthorpe Arms was established in 1849.
However, the current tenant's agreement will terminate shortly, and the owners of the premises are seeking planning permission to convert the grade two listed building from a pub to three dwellings.
"Trading history" submitted to the council in support of the application says that, as a pub/restaurant, it has been "operating at a loss".
The owners see conversion to housing as the way forward for this prominent three-storey structure near the County Bridge.


One of the benefits of the super new facilities at Brigg Recreation Ground is that some sports can continue out of season.
There's an example coming up soon when the 'Blue Astro' all-weather hockey pitch will be used for a colts tournament by the local club.
This will take place on Sunday, June 10, from 10am until mid-afternoon.
We hope the weather stays fine and that it's not too hot for the young players.
Years ago, when hockey was still being played on grass pitches at the Rec, this winter sport drew to a close at the end of April, when cricket began.
Football also concluded at the end of April, with the goalposts being taken down. But again things have changed. There was a men's football match played on Saturday, May 12 this year while Brigg Town Cricket Club was playing a Lincolnshire League game on the nearby square.
This caused no problems, there being plenty of changing room accommodation available in the new block.
So again we should thank North Lincolnshire Council for the £2.8m investment in facilities.
Brigg sportsmen, sportwomen and youngsters can now feel very proud when they welcome visiting teams to the Rec.
However, we'd like to suggest - and not for the first time - that the council erects a new Recreation Ground sign near to the entrance on Wrawby Road.
The current one was there long before the improvements and should be replaced by a much larger one indicating what's now on offer.
This minor financial investment would complete a job very well done.


We think the dozen-or-so cyclists we saw recently in Brigg town centre were not locals.
It could be they were taking part in a sponsored event for charity.
If so, we hope they enjoyed their late spring visit to our town and that they raised a tidy sum.
Apologies if our shouted warning: "This is a pedestrian area!" startled them as they rode past us from the County Bridge into the Market Place.
A few minutes later we were walking along Wrawby Street and saw a car being driven towards Cross Street - again within the pedestrian-only zone.
Those who visit our town centre on foot will be able to come up with many such incidents they have witnessed.
Brigg Blog has raised this problem time and time again over many years but little or no action seems to be taken against the culprits.
Shoppers should not need to step aside to make way for cycles, cars, vans and lorries that do not have a valid reason for being ridden or driven in the pedestrian area.
So we again call on North Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police to get to grips with this issue. PLEASE!

ABOVE: A warning notice on the County Bridge informing cyclists to dismount as they prepare to enter the Market Place.

BELOW: No vehicles are permitted in the pedestrian zone except those being driven by permit holders and for LOADING. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Entries are now being accepted for Brigg Town Council's Garden & Allotments Competition 2018.
There has been an important change this year.
Previously, councillors toured the town, viewing front gardens and drawing up a shortlist to be judged and the winners decided.
But for the 2018 competition, those who wish their gardens to be considered will need to enter them using a form. People can also nominate others' gardens if they wish.
Pick up your copy of the official entry form from the Brigg Town Council Office, the Angel Suite, Exchange Place, or email
Categories are:

  • Best house front garden
  • Best hanging basket (at front of house)
  • Best hanging basket/display - business or organisation premises
  • Best school display
  • Best allotment plot
The closing date  for entry forms is July 15.


These Brigg Blog pictures lead us to suggest that housebuilding may be about to start on this vacant plot of land at a location that will be familiar to many local people.
In December, Ongo - the social landlord for North Lincolnshire -  was granted permission to  erect a detached bungalow and undertake landscaping  between West Square, East Parade and Glebe Road on land adjoining the former County Primary School.
The bungalow  was "reduced in size" from what was originally proposed.
Eight years ago Brigg Blog reported the demolition of former lock-up, council-owned garages and clearance of this site.
In more recent times we wondered why no plans had followed to do something useful with this vacant parcel of land. Eventually Ongo submitted a planning application to do just that.
The property  will be suitable for a family having a disabled member and is categorised as sheltered housing.
A report prepared by North Lincolnshire Council about the application said: "The site is in an established residential area which mainly consists of two-storey properties; however, as the proposed dwelling is designed to provide accessible living accommodation, it is not considered that the design is inappropriate in the area.
"The site is accessed of East Parade, which is a no through road, but also has a boundary with Glebe Road.
"The proposed dwelling is set away from boundaries with neighbouring dwellings, but being single storey, its impact on residential amenity will be minimal, as no overlooking or loss of light due to over shadowing will be created. Adequate parking provision and private amenity space will be provided within the site.
"Initial consultations revealed issues in relation to the location of drains and sewers across the site, but these matters have now been resolved, and an amended layout submitted to move the dwelling away from existing drains."

PICTURED ABOVE:  The plot of land viewed from Glebe Road. The housing development on the left occupies part of the former primary school site. 
IMMEDIATELY BELOW: The fenced-off land viewed from East Parade, with West Square to the left.

TEN YEARS AGO: Lock-up garages - subject to vandalism and graffiti - still occupying the site in 2008.


There is a busy May bank holiday weekend coming up at a Brigg town centre pub, with musical entertainment on  three successive days.
Launching events at the Britannia Inn, Wrawby Street, will be a karaoke and disco on Friday, May 25, from 8am.
Saturday, May 26 will see Chapter 2 performing from 9pm.

Then, on Sunday, May 27, local vocalist Mark Williams will be on stage from 9pm.