Thursday, February 20, 2020


Outline planning permission is being sought to to erect five dwellings on land to the north of Wheelgates, on Brigg Road, Hibaldstow.
A planning statement prepared by Brigg-based Brown & Co to support this application says: "The application site comprises of part of a field to the north of an agricultural yard and existing access track. A dwelling has recently been approved to the south of the track.  Two dwellings have recently been approved on land to the south of Wheelgates, a two-storey dwelling which was once part of the former Sargent’s Ice Cream site. 

"Opposite the application site there is a garage/petrol station and café, with dwellings to the south in a row  of ribbon development connecting to the main body of the village.
Brown & Co is the agent for the applicant who is from Sturton.

In Scawby Brook, planning permission to erect first floor rear extension is being sought for Asholme, Silversides Lane. This is to permit the addition of a bathroom on the first floor.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering both applications.

Planning permission has been granted to to erect a two-storey side extension at 28 St Albans Close, Hibaldstow.


Brigg Blog enjoyed delivering a recent illustrated talk to a group interested in local history.
This time we were at Scawby Village Hall, recalling the development, and in some cases later demise, of railway lines, stations and goods depots within North Lincolnshire.
Stations to get an honourable mention included those serving Brigg, Scawby & Hibaldstow, Kirton Lindsey, Howsham, Barnetby, North Kelsey and Howsham.
Reference was also made to Brigg Sugar Factory, which had its own sidings connected to the Sheffield-Brigg-Cleethorpes mainline, and also resident shunting engines (steam and then diesel).
We've also delivered other illustrated talks over the years to various groups, including Brigg Amateur Social Historians (BASH) at the White Horse, the Ancholme Inn and Brigg & District Servicemen's Club.
The History of the Lincolnshire Times Newspaper (with an office at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg) has proved our most requested topic over the years, followed by The Humber Ferry.
Any group interested in a local history talk can email for further details.

Pictured above: A view of Brigg circa 1904.


Five Brigg school sports reunions will be held during 2020.
They are for former pupils of Sir John Nelthorpe School and Brigg Grammar School - represented by the Briggensians' Association.
The Golf Section will hold its Spring Meeting on Sunday, April 19, to be followed by a Past v Present event on Monday, July 6 and the Autumn Meeting on Sunday, October 18.
Requests to play should be made to or call 01652 688005.
There will be a Youth v Experience cricket match on a Friday in July (date to be confirmed nearer the time). The venue will be the Sir John Nelthorpe School field. Interested players are asked to meet at 6pm. Afterwards, players and spectators will be meeting up at the Yarborough Hunt, on Bridge Street, Brigg (pictured above).
A winter reunion football match will be played on Sunday, December 27 at 10.30am, to be followed be followed by 'pub games'.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


People living in Brigg and the surrounding district can help to shape the future development of North Lincolnshire, including having a say about where they think new housing developments should be built.
North Lincolnshire Council is inviting residents and businesses to comment on a 'preferred options' document that sets out the council’s "favoured approach for the new Local Plan."
This plan sets the overall strategy for development in North Lincolnshire up to 2036. It contains key strategic policies, detailing land for new jobs and the number of new homes to be built, the council says.
The consultation, which started on February 14, asks residents what they think about the council’s preferred options within the Local Plan, including housing, settlement boundaries for villages and towns, local landscape designations, and a new suite of policies relating to planning applications.
There are a number of ways to take part in the consultation.
You can visit a public consultation session in Brigg's town centre Angel Suite on Thursday, February 20, between 3pm to 7pm, and talk to advisers. View the plan and discuss any issues prior to providing comments to the council. To find out when these are, visit
People can also view the Local Plan and leave comments online at by 5pm on March 27.
Other public consultation events are taking place in other towns across North Lincolnshire.
Coun Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for place shaping, said: “North Lincolnshire’s Local Plan supports building a better future, which helps us achieve our goals: growing the economy, keeping residents safe and well, and enabling our communities to flourish.
“I would encourage residents to go along to one of the consultation events to take a look at the Local Plan and let us know what they think. If residents are unable to make any of the events, they can share their views online.
“We need to think about being a sustainable area, where people of all ages want to, and can, continue to live and work. The council is interested in hearing the views of all our residents to help guide and shape the future of our area and I would encourage everyone to take the time and to get involved.”

Brigg Blog has waded through the mass of information made available online. In a document called Meeting Our Housing Need is a list of Deliverable/developable extant planning permissions above 10 dwellings or more 2019/20-2035/6.
This includes the following 'Site Allocations' in Brigg which are described as being on brownfield land:
Station Road: 40 'remaining dwellings' (elsewhere in the report this is is indicated as being Housing for Older People). This site occupies part of the former railway station yard.
Island Carr: 60 'remaining dwellings'
Bridge Street: 67 'remaining dwellings' (site described as Falcon Cycles) See picture of part of the site above.
Silversides Lane: 44 'remaining dwellings' (this is actually within Scawby Brook - Scawby parish).

Land north of Atherton Way: brownfield site - 149 potential dwellings
Land at Western Avenue:  greenfield site - 186
potential dwellings 
 Wrawby Road Phase One: greenfield site - 152 potential dwellings
Wrawby Road Phase Two: greenfield site - 333 - 
potential dwellings


Brigg Blog is sure many other people living in our town would be interested to know the dates when some of our very fine trees were planted.
This came to mind when Storm Ciara recently claimed a silver birch on Birch Avenue, which came to ground and had to be cleared from the highway by council workmen.
Having posted a couple of pictures of that damage at the weekend, a couple of days later we received an informative email from a Brigg Blog follower who is aware that when Brigg Urban District Council developed the Newlands housing estate in the run up to the start of the Second World War, the 'species of tree' names afforded to the streets were represented by the types of saplings planted.
Our correspondent tells us: "I had always been led to believe that the trees were all of the variety of their respective street name, and had assumed that they were therefore planted when the houses were built in the mid to late '30s. They were certainly all mature trees by the early '80s.
"I recall the trees in Elm Way were all cut down sometime about 1980, maybe a couple of years later.  I believe this was due to Dutch Elm Disease. Whether they had it, or they were just at risk of it, I don’t know.  I think all the replacement trees are beech, so even these will be about 40 years old now.
"There is a presumably early '70s aerial photo of Brigg with the Newlands estate on p54 of Ted Dodd’s first Brigg book. The elms in Elm Way are fairly large, but I can’t make out the fallen birch so it must be below eaves height, so maybe not 35 years old by then?"
In respect of the Newlands estate, he adds: "The first houses built were in Cherry Tree Avenue, and the bottom of Elm Way and Ash Grove.  These houses all had individual wooden garden sheds (I doubt any survive – I demolished one about 1990 as it was starting to rot). Part way along Elm Way and Ash Grove, the later-built houses have brick-built garden sheds, as do all the houses in Birch Avenue and Almond Grove. You can clearly see these on Google Maps."
For many years we used to arrange a spring picture of that year's Miss Scunthorpe Telegraph admiring the pink cherry blossom on Cherry Tree Avenue - after a colour printing press had been installed in the mid-1990s, obviously.
It would be good to discover the ages of various trees, including the very tall poplars at Brigg Recreation Ground, the distinctive avenues formed along Wrawby Road and Cadney Road, and the cluster on East Park near the Tintab shelter.
A few trees in Brigg are covered by Tree Preservation Orders, while some species, such as oak, can live for hundreds of years.
However, disease and very strong winds can sometimes take their toll; in other cases, trees can pose a danger to nearby properties.
But in this age of 'green' environmental concerns about the future of the planet, trees are often mentioned as having a very important role to play in terms of the air we breathe and the climate.
North Lincolnshire Council has a policy of planting five trees for every one on its land that's lost, though not necessarily in the same spot.
We'll have to wait and see whether a silver birch sapling is planted on Birch Avenue to replace the mature example now sadly lost.
Another damaged tree came down on Bigby Road some months ago (on a grass verge near the Monument) blocking a lane of the A1084 for a short period. It was removed but the stump is still evident today.
PICTURED ABOVE: The much-admired row of trees on the boundary of Brigg Recreation Ground - backdrop to thousands of football, hockey and cricket matches down the decades, with many more the come. The Rec, fashioned from farmland, opened in the early 1950s. Were they planted at the same time?

Trees lining Bigby Road - summer 2015.

Cadney Road trees in July 2015.

East Park trees five years ago.

Wrawby Road trees in 2015 - viewed from the Monument roundabout.


Brigg Blog predicts particular interest to be shown in BASH's next monthly meeting in the town.
Mike Chatterton will be giving an illustrated talk - A Tale of Two Lancasters - to Brigg Amateur Social Historians on Tuesday, March 3.
The meeting is at Brigg & District Servicemen's Club, Coney Court (overlooking the town's main car park) from 8pm.
Mike will talk about his time flying the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster, The City of Lincoln, - based at RAF Coningsby.
He will also share some of his father's memories of flying 'Lancs' during World War Two.
There's no need to book tickets for BASH meetings, just turn up on the night.
Admission is free, light refreshments will be served and a raffle held to help with costs.

Lancaster over Elsham picture by Ken Harrison, Brigg Matters magazine.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Please note that the Brigg Tractor Run 2020 has changed its date due to forthcoming roadworks on the A1084 while a new barrier crossing is being installed by Network Rail.
Brigg Young Farmers say the Tractor Run will now take place on Sunday, March 8 and NOT the following Sunday, as originally planned.
This switch follows Brigg Blog posting a story about the crossing replacement contract - details of which were drawn to the attention of the Tractor Run organisers, who reacted quickly and amended the date. We do have our uses - occasionally!
Route and timings for the event are as follows:
10am: Gather at Ripon Farm Services near the level crossing at the top of Westrum Lane, Brigg, with refreshments available.
10.45am: Set off along Bigby High Road, the A1084.
10.55am: Bigby.
11.00am: Barnetby.
11.15am: Elsham.
11.30am: Worlaby.
11.35am: Bonby.
11.40am: Saxby-All-Saints.
11.45am: Horkstow.
12:15am: Picnic Area, Barton - refreshment/dinner stop.
1.00pm: Set off for Barrow.
1.15pm: Thornton Curtis.
1.20pm: Wootton.
1.30pm: Croxton.
1.40pm: Melton Ross.
1.50pm: Wrawby.
1.55pm: Re-enter Brigg along Wrawby Road.
2.05pm: Finish back at Ripon Farm Services.
Please note that these are approximate times; delays may occur along this lengthy circular route.

Drivers and passengers are paying a fee to take part, and proceeds will be donated to Lindsey Lodge Hospice, the local charity.
Tractors taking part will include modern models and a good number that first took to local fields decades ago.