Saturday, November 26, 2016



Here are some pictures we took during a well-attended public consultation held in the function suite at the Buttercross in Brigg town centre.
Members of the public went along to find out more about the Brigg Neighbourhood Plan (now being compiled) and a scheme to erect metal arches over the entrances to town centre courtyards, to assist and attract shoppers (see picture above).
Feedback from the public will now be considered.

John Colby advising visitors about the Neighbourhood Plan.

Coun Mike Storey, right, chairman of the Brigg Town Council Planning & Environment Committee with Coun Donald Campbell, deputy chairman.

Deputy Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall at the consultation in the Buttercross.

Coun Malcolm Bailey, chairman of the Brigg Town Business Partnership, which is supporting the Arches Project


Ken Harrison said...

While the signs may attract potential shoppers to opt for a particular route to the main shopping area in Wrawby St....what signs will attract potential customers to visit the various shops in the alleyways from Wrawby Street?
For example, proprietors in the Chapel Court area often highlight that shoppers don't always realise that their shops exist. Perhaps there should be equally attractive signs erected at the entrances to the alleyways from Wrawby St....otherwise, the signs adjacent to Old Courts will only serve to show the alternative quick routes to Wrawby Street.
Secondly, should the signs only be erected at the entrances to the alleyways that actually have shops......some passageways are just retail premises and will do little to improve footfall to the variety of shops in the active central retail area.
Thirdly, do we really need to advertise the imagined attractiveness of *Coney Ct? Ok, it has an excellent chippie,but does one want to demonstrate to a new Brigg visitor the delights of graffiti and the unattractiveness of the passageway?
It is accepted that the signs will improve the ambience of some passageways, but the powers that be must have the cognition to accept that there is a need to be selective......erect signs to passageways to guide shoppers to those alleyways that demonstrate a degree of attractiveness and/or a benefit to the town's retail trade.
Add additional signs as and when alleyways improve in either appearance and/or shopping experiences.

*Coney Ct....the notion that Coney Ct was the centre of the rabbit fur trade could be a myth.
The passageway changed it name in circa 1865 from Nicholson Court...and there is no documented evidence that fur trading centred in or about the court.
Indeed, there is no evidence that fur trading in Brigg was an important trading business.
Morley had properties in **Morley Yard and he is registered as a fur trader: old records indicate that various people dabbled in coney skinning, but these folks were isolated from each other and undertook the job in and about their homes.
The name Coney Court is likely to be a misleading historical name to which the town has erroneously claimed the court as the focus of the rabbit trade when, in fact, there is no evidence to support either the notion that it centred on the court or even it was a significant trade within the town....basically a myth promoted by telling and retelling that many folk believe the myth without question.

**Morley 's'.

Ken Harrison said...

Ironically, one could be putting too much influence on passageway signs to the detriment to the various very interesting historical sites about Brigg.
For example, there are no plaques for....
1. The site where Brigg Longboat was excavated.
2. The site where the Brigg 'raft' was excavated.
3. A Civil War skirmish in the Market Place.
4. Royalist Civil War entrenchments in the locality of College Yard.
5. Brigg's connection to the Gunpowder Plot...i.e. Lloyds Bank
6. The Bronze Age trackway...
7. The reclamation of the Ancholme Valley in the C17th and C19th...
8. Brigg Fair.. probably existed before Royal Charter...records indicate it was operating in 1085ish.....Royal Charter indicates 25th July - St James' Feast Day....
9. The site of St James' chapel...before St John's.
10. The history of the town's water pumps....intended to elimate cholera...later caused outbreaks of cholera as the piped water became contaminated.
11. The Butchery, now Elwes of slaughter houses where waste was drained directly into river...

Plus more.....

Ken Harrison said...

Can anyone spot was is wrong with the impressionist image of Cressey Yard?

The Cressey Yard sign casts no shadow...

Ken Harrison said...

Good ol' Malcolm Bailey ain't a councillor, NIge....see pic....he's the chair of BTBP...