Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Picture: Some of the existing holiday lodges at the Brigg Marina site in 2018 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Brigg Marina is seeking the go ahead to erect 10 additional holiday lodges on its site off Mill Lane.
North Lincolnshire Council planners are now considering the application from Brigg Marina Ltd.
The lodges will have timber walls and slate roofs, and 16 car parking spaces are to be provided for visitors who book them.
A statement submitted with the application says: "The proposed development relates to the provision of additional facilities on an existing  tourism site which already features holiday lodges,  a marina and has planning permission for a restaurant/bar and other facilities."
It adds: "The addition of the proposed facilities will help the site to grow as a sustainable tourism location."
It says this has now developed "into a considerable tourism site and it has been established that there is capacity for additional holiday lodges."
Near the lodge development is a marina linked to the Old River Ancholme near Cadney Road.
It currently has 26 fully-serviced berths but once fully completed will be able to cater for between 54 and 84 boats, depending on their size.
In July, Brigg Blog was invited down for a guided tour, viewing the marina and the interior of some of the lodges that have already been constructed. We were also shown the area of land earmarked for the restaurant/bar.
View further details about the development here...

PICTURED ABOVE:  Some of the existing holiday lodges at the Brigg Marina site in July 2018


Great interest has been shown in North Lincolnshire Council plans to add parking restrictions at one location in Brigg and remove some yellow lines elsewhere in the town.
Brigg Blog's first mention of this a few months ago received well over 2,000 page views!
Having carried out a public consultation, the highway authority has now decided to proceed with both proposals and has made a legal Order, effective from December 17, 2018.
Dudley Road: Additional No Waiting at Any Time restriction near the junction with Barnard Avenue.
Forrester Street: Revoke the No Waiting at Any Time restriction outside "the new houses."
Dudley Road has a dental surgery which is visited by many car-driving patients.
Brigg Town Council took part in the consultation, with Coun Mike Storey suggesting they should ask North Lincolnshire Council to create a parking space on Dudley Road to be reserved specifically for disabled drivers.
North Lincolnshire Council has now issued a public notice relating to these roads in Brigg and others in Messingham, Bottesford and Scunthorpe.
People now have six weeks if they wish to attempt a legal challenge through the High Court.


 Picture: The Lindsey Lodge Hospice shop in Brigg town centre which won an award in December 2018 for its festive window display - picture on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

The businesses with the best Christmas 2018 window displays in Brigg have been announced.
Brigg Town Business Partnership organises this now well-established competition.
The Bank Hairdressing, on Bigby Street, gained top place in the First Time Winner section, with Charlies Beauty second and The Rabbit Hole bookshop third.
The Past Winner Cup was awarsed to Mason Baggott & Garton solicitors, pictured below, on Bigby Street, while the Lindsey Lodge Hospice Shop, on Wrawby Street, took the honours in the Charity Shop section (pictured above).
Trophies were presented during a carol concert at St John's Church on Sunday.

Picture: Mason Baggott & Garton solicitors p in Brigg town centre which won an award in December 2018 for its festive window display - image on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Football action picture: Barnetby United v Crosby, December 2018 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

A brace from Brendan O’Callaghan - backed up by goals from Dan Greaves and Harry Finnis - saw the Railwaymen pick up three vital points with a 4-1 home win over Crosby Colts.
United opened by far the better and had struck the bar through O’Callaghan and seen two glorious chances spurned by Blendell and Finnis inside the opening 15 minutes.
It wasn’t until the 40th minute that they took the lead when O’Callaghan made no mistake from the spot following a foul on Jack Blendell.
Moments later it was 2-0 as Greaves arrived late in the box to sweep home his first of the season.
What looked a safe lead lasted 3 minutes into the 2nd half as Crosby hit back with Jarvis’s strike from the edge of the box wrong footing keeper Minshall.
With the wind at Crosby’s back they forced the game but on 67 minutes a free kick from Greaves was glanced in by Harry Finnis and the 2 goal lead was restored.
With two minutes remaining O’Callaghan was sent through in the inside left channel and he finished in style with his left foot to seal a much-needed win.
Match played in the EC Surfacing Scunthorpe & District League division one on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
Pictures and report from Barnetby's Lee Fielden.



Riverside Surgery has been granted permission to extend premises in Broughton that are allied to the Barnard Avenue centre in Brigg.
The Broughton surgery, on Brooklands Avenue, having seen its patient list grow significantly in recent years requires additional consulting rooms.
North Lincolnshire Council has now approved plans to create an extension to the rear to accommodate these, as well as remodelling the internal space.
It is intended to create a more inviting reception area - a new reception desk being "twinned with the pharmacy."
Planners have given approval to change the use of a domestic garden to form the extension, plus additional car parking, erection of a single-storey rear extension (including part demolition of an existing building) and associated external works.
Broughton Town Council objected "due to insufficient parking for patients as a result of the extension."
However, a North Lincolnshire Council officer's report said: "Highways have considered the proposal and raise no objection on highway safety  grounds  or  in  relation  to  the  level  of  parking  provision.  Conditions  are recommended in  relation  to  the  vehicular  access,  parking  and  turning  spaces  being provided,  for  a  travel  plan  to  be  submitted  and  for  the  submission  of  a  phased  traffic management  plan  (to  include  the  construction  and  demolition  of  the  building).  It  is  considered  that  the  proposal  will  not  be  detrimental  to  highway  safety  provided  that  the conditions recommended by Highways are imposed on any planning permission."


PICTURE: A snowy December scene on Bridge Street, Brigg,  a few years ago with the White Hart pub (centre left) offering a warm haven for those in festive mood. Picture used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog in December 2018

Brigg Blog was interested to see a post by Brigg Town Football Club about a Saturday night disco held recently in the Hawthorns clubhouse.
The club said any "works parties" were welcome to pop in to enjoy cheap beer and music.
That reminded us of years past when groups of workers from Falcon Cycles, and others, could be found in Brigg pubs having a few drinks after knocking off work for the final time ahead of December 25.
Falcon and British Sugar were major employers in Brigg decades ago, as were Layne's Garage and Spring's jam factory which both organised formal Christmas get-togethers.
But with most Brigg businesses being much smaller, they usually had to make do with a few drinks in a local pub, with the Black Bull, White Hart, Nelthorpe Arms and the Queen's Arms being popular choices, together with the Angel Hotel.
An exception, in the early 1980s, was the Lincolnshire & South Humberside Times newspaper which hired an upstairs room above Dunham's shop, on Bridge Street. That only happened once or twice, and our total staff at 57 Wrawby Street back then was only around 10.
Not many years ago there was a collective Christmas get-together aimed at small businesses in Brigg Town Council's Angel Suite - making the arrangements much simpler for interested groups.
Christmas bonuses for workers are not what they were years ago - for various reasons.
At the Lincs Times, in the early 1980s, we received a full week's pay at Christmas as a bonus, which was greatly appreciated.
Inside was a paper note from the company directors thanking us for our efforts during the year and expressing best wishes for Christmas.

PICTURED: A snowy December scene on Bridge Street, Brigg,  a few years ago with the White Hart pub (centre left) offering a warm haven for those in festive mood.


An academy school in Brigg is included in a public consultation relating to admission arrangements for its pupils.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy, on Grammar School Road, Brigg, is among a number of Catholic schools in North Lincolnshire seeking to revise the definitions for “other Christians” and those of “other faiths."
A council officer based in Brigg is now accepting comments parents may wish to make about the proposed changes.

Parents invited to comment on academy admission arrangements


North Lincolnshire Council is not making any changes to the admission arrangements for its schools for the 2020/21 intake year; however, some academies are.
Nine academies in North Lincolnshire that are responsible for their own admission arrangements are proposing to make changes for the 2020/21 intake year which require public consultation and the council is coordinating these consultations on behalf of the following academies and schools:
Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire is seeking to remove its Year 10 intake. This is because in 2019 the UTC will be taking students a year earlier in Year 9, so there is no longer a need for a Year 10 intake. As the UTC now has an additional year group (five year groups rather than four) it also needs to reduce its admission number from 150 to 120, as it can accommodate up to 600 students.
Outwood Academy Brumby is seeking to reduce its admission number from 180 to 172. This is because the academy is unable to accommodate 180 per year group from September 2020. The building capacity is 860. In order to facilitate 180 per year group the academy would require three additional classrooms to be built.
Outwood Academy Foxhills is seeking to reduce its admission number from 152 to 150. This is because the size of the building does not allow for extra classes to be formed. It would mean that building work may be necessary to accommodate the extra class that may have to be formed by the higher number.
South Axholme Academy is seeking to reduce its admission number from 193 to 180. Factors that have been considered by the governing body in deciding to consult on this proposal include: the continued ability of the academy to provide sufficient places for local children, the provision on the most appropriate learning environment for all students thus facilitating continuing school improvement, future resource planning and management including staffing, the capacity of the academy buildings and site and resources management will be more effective.
On behalf of these academies, full copies of the proposed arrangements and further details of the consultation are available on the council’s website at
The schools listed above are consulting on their admissions arrangements from  Friday 14 December 2018 to Friday 25 January 2019. Parents can send their comments on the proposed changes in the admission arrangements to or via post to Sean Kendrew, Access Manager (Admissions and Transport), North Lincolnshire Council, PO Box 35, Station Road, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, DN20 8XJ.
St Bede’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, St Augustine Webster Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy, St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy, St Mary’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy, and St Norbert’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy are seeking to revise the definitions for “other Christians” and those of “other faiths”. The changes will bring the schools in line with the arrangements in place for other Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales.
They are consulting from Monday 3 December 2018 to Monday 14 January 2019 and their consultation can be accessed at

Monday, December 17, 2018


Brigg Blog is reminding householders in the town that the final waste bin and recycling box collection is imminent before Christmas changes come into effect.
North Lincolnshire Council is altering collection days because Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on a Tuesday.
So the last TUESDAY collection of 2018 for Brigg households will take place tomorrow (December 18). The collection teams will be emptying general waste wheelie bins and recycling boxes containing glass, cans and paper, plus bags of textiles.
Their next visit after that will be on MONDAY, December 24 to empty burgundy bins containing plastic and cardboard.
On MONDAY, December 31 (rather than Tuesday, January 1) they will empty Brigg's wheelie bins, and recycling boxes containing glass, cans and paper, plus bags of textiles.
Things will revert to normal of Tuesday, January 8, 2019 when burgundy bins will be emptied.
With all the extra paper, cans, bottles and waste the festive and New Year season generates, make sure you don't miss any of the collection dates in Brigg over the coming weeks.


Picture: Christmas 2018 and New Year opening hours has been announced for the Tesco store in Brigg - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

With just a few weeks to go until the Tesco store in Brigg celebrates 20 years of successful trading in the town, details have been released of Christmas 2018 and New Year opening hours.
On SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018 the Tesco store in Brigg will open an hour earlier at 9am so shoppers can browse the aisles prior to the tills processing purchases from 10am to 4pm.
CHRISTMAS EVE, MONDAY DECEMBER 24, 2018: Tesco in Brigg will be open from 6am to 7pm.
Tesco in Brigg will be closed.
Tesco in Brigg will be closed.
Tesco in Brigg will be open from 6am to 7pm.
NEW YEAR'S DAY, TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019: Tesco in Brigg will be closed.
You can phone the store during opening hours on 0345 6779113 or shop online at Tesco via this link...



Local band The Beat Thieves will be playing live at a Brigg pub later this week.
They will be performing at the Britannia Inn, Wrawby Street, on Friday, December 21, from 9pm until late.
Those attending the gig are being asked to don Christmas gear.
The Beat Thieves, whose playlist includes hits made famous by The Beatles and Elvis Presley, performed at The Brit in November, supporting The Dirty Pitchers - another local group.


PICTURE: A meeting of Brigg Town Council  in 2018 with the public gallery at the far end of the Angel Suite. Town Mayor Coun Donald Campbell, nearest the camera - wearing his chain of office - is chairing the session. Town councillors are seated left and right. Image on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Question Time is in the news at present - David Dimbleby having just hosted his final BBC programme after 25 years.
But Brigg Town Council's own version continues - Public Question Time forming part of the agenda at every monthly meeting.
Townsfolk are welcome to attend at the Angel Suite and put questions to their elected representatives.
The Town Mayor - currently Coun Donald Campbell - is in the Dimbleby role, inviting questions from the audience.
The next opportunity to ask questions from the public gallery will come on Monday, January 21, 2019.
Brigg Town Council sometimes pencils in meetings on its calendar that are categorised as "in case of need."
This means that councillors will only convene if there's something particularly pressing that needs a decision or discussion.
The council's meeting this month was "in case of need" and provisionally arranged for tonight (Monday, December 17).
However, due to lack of urgent business, there's no need for a meeting.
We mention this to advise townsfolk who may have been thinking of attending to raise issues of interest to them.
Brigg Blog will give a New Year reminder of the January 2019 meeting. Public Question Time will be an early item on the agenda.
There's a very long-standing tradition associated with the December meeting of Brigg Town Council - councillors having a festive drink with the Town Mayor.
Back in the early 1980s, when the local authority still met in the ornate Glanford Borough Council debating chamber within what's now Hewson House, a bottle of sherry and mince pies used to appear at the conclusion of the December session. Members of the public and the press were then invited to enjoy refreshments with the Mayor.
The following decade, following Brigg Town Council's relocation to the Angel Suite, festive refreshments were sometimes served there, while on other occasions councillors met up after the meeting at a local hostelry. The venue varied, generating a bit of extra trade on a Monday night.

PICTURED: A meeting of Brigg Town Council  in 2018 with the public gallery at the far end of the Angel Suite. Town Mayor Coun Donald Campbell, nearest the camera - wearing his chain of office - is chairing the session. Town councillors are seated left and right.

Sunday, December 16, 2018


There's still time to visit the second annual Festival of Trees in Brigg which opened on Thursday.
It's being held at St John the Evangelist Church and ends today (Sunday, 16th December, 2018).
Opening times are 11am to 1pm.
Various local shops, organisations and groups have displayed their Christmas trees and festive wreaths, extending from the main church to the church hall.
Admission is free - donations welcome to the Church's Fabric Fund.
The festival has been promoted by Brigg Town Business Partnership.
These pictures were taken by Ken Harrison, of Brigg Matters Magazine.

ABOVE: The 'Dennis the Menace' tree from Brigg Library.

The Rabbit Hole book shop, Brigg,
Brigg & District Breast Cancer Support Group's tree
Sinan Erdeniz of the Hungry Fisherman, Brigg
Festive wreath from Green Jay, Brigg
Wrawby Windmill Group's Christmas tree
The Brigg and District Veterans' Group tree
Design Orchard, Brigg

North Lincolnshire Mayor Coun John Briggs, left, with Coun Deb Dunderdale from the Brigg Town Business Partnership, Brigg Town Council's Mayoress Coun Tina Campbell and Brigg Town Mayor Coun Donald Campbell, alongside Brigg's Library's 'Dennis the Menace' Christmas tree. 


A section of road in Brigg will be closed to vehicles over four days, with delays likely for motorists in this part of the town.Between Monday, December 17 and Thursday, December 20, resurfacing work will be carried out on Ancholme Gardens from its junction with Elwes Street.
Brigg firm EC Surfacing will be attending to the road surface for North Lincolnshire Council, the local highway authority.
Ancholme Gardens is one of social landlord Ongo's "retirement living schemes."
The site has apartments, bungalows and off-road parking.


People in Brigg and district are advised to check the following list of opening times for Christmas 2018 and the New Year.
There may be information here that's important to you over the festive period.
North Lincolnshire Council has issued details of the services it provides across the district, but Brigg Blog has edited the complete list to show only information of local interest.

Christmas opening times across North Lincolnshire Council


Ancholme Leisure Centre (Scawby Brook) is open from 8.30am to 3pm on Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day; open from 8.30am to 3pm on 27 December and 8am to 3pm on 28 December; from 9am to 3pm on 29, 30 and 31 December; closed on New Year’s Day; and open as normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019.
Swimming lessons at our leisure centres will end on Sunday 23 December 2018 and start back up on Monday 7 January 2019.
Active Lifestyle (including Street Sport, On Target and Do Something Different) sessions will finish on Friday 21 December 2018 and start again on Monday 7 January 2019.

Brigg Tourist Information Centre (The Buttercross) is open from 10am to 3pm on Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day; open from 10am to 3pm on 27, 28 and 29 December; closed on 30 December, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day; and then open as normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Barton Library and Brigg Library will be open from 9.30am to 2pm on Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day; open from 9am to 5.30pm on 27 and 28 December; open from 9am to 1pm on 29 December; closed on 30 December; open from 9.30am to 2pm (Barton) and 9am to 2pm (Brigg) on 31 December; closed on new Year’s Day and then open as normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019.
Broughton Library is closed over the Christmas period.
Kirton-in-Lindsey Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 27 December; open from 9.30am to 3pm on 28 December; open from 10am to 1pm on 29 December; closed on 30 December, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day; and then open as normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019.
The Mobile Library will run the route 31 service on Christmas Eve finishing at 12.30pm in Ulceby; it won’t be running on Christmas Day and Boxing Day; the routes on 27, 28 and 29 December will run as normal; route 11 on New Year’s Eve will end in Normanby at 1pm; and then it will return to normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019.

The Register Office at Scunthorpe Civic Centre will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 22 December; closed on Christmas Eve but contactable by telephone between 9am and 12pm; closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day; open from 9am to 4pm on 27 and 28 December; open from 10am to 4pm on 29 December; open from 9am to 2pm on New Year's Eve; closed on New Year's Day; and then open as normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Waste bin and recycling box collections in North Lincolnshire will change from Monday 17 December 2018 for four weeks over the Christmas period. Check your collection calendar carefully to make sure you don’t miss bin day over Christmas. You can also check your dates online.
Our household recycling centres (there's one near Broughton) will be open as normal each day, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Our recycling centres in Winterton, Goxhill and Belton will open an extra day on Thursday 27 December, from 10am to 4pm.

The CallConnect bus will run on Saturday 22 December as normal; from 8am to 6pm on Christmas Eve; the service won’t be running on Christmas Day and Boxing Day; on the 27, 28, 29 and 31 December from 8am to 6pm; and will run as normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019. Please be aware the service does not run on Sundays or bank holidays.
Over the Christmas period, a Christmas Saver ticket is available. Book your journeys online now.

The council’s Customer Contact Centre will be open from 8.30am to 2pm on Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day; open from 8.30am to 5pm on 27 December; open from 8.30am to 4.30pm on 28 December; open from 8.30am to 2pm on 31 December; closed on New Year’s Day; and then open as normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019.
You can contact the council on or by calling 01724 297000.
Our website is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.


North Lincolnshire Council has given the go ahead for new flats to be created in Brigg.
Local authority planners have approved an application to convert vacant office premises to two residential flats, including replacement windows and doors and rendering.
The address is 40 Bigby Street (pictured here).
Brigg Town Council supported the scheme to provide flats but voiced some concerns about rear access to the property and the impact on a neighbouring property.
Four letters of objection to the application were received - relating to access, lack of provision for off-road parking and waste collection arrangements.
However, a detailed planning report prepared by staff at North Lincolnshire Council said: "The site is considered to be within the highly sustainable location with good access to a range of key facilities, services, employment opportunities and public transport.
"Given the type of residential unit proposed it is not considered essential that off-road parking be provided.  It is noted that the road outside of the property is subject to parking restriction but there are public car parks available within the area.
"In terms of bin collection, the rear courtyard provides for adequate storage and bins could be presented on the footpath  to Bigby Street without causing total obstruction of the footpath."

Picture: No 40 Bigby Street, Brigg - formerly used as offices - can be converted into flats, planners have decided - December 2018 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Saturday, December 15, 2018


There were mixed fortunes for Brigg and district teams in the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League this afternoon (Saturday, December 15, 2018).
In division one, Barnetby United enjoyed a 4-1 home win over bottom side Crosby Colts.
On the mark for the villagers were Brendan O’Callaghan (2), Daniel Greaves and Harry Finnis.
Also in the top flight, Briggensians lost 7-1 at Limestone Rangers, with Sol Hari netting for the visitors who are second from bottom in the standings.
In divisIon two, Adam Webb and Jack Wilson scored for Hibaldstow Wanderers in an 8-2 defeat at Sherpa.
With Christmas approaching, fixtures are few and far between in the EC Surfacing competition this coming Saturday (December 22) but two of the three league games involve local teams and will kick off at 2pm.
Briggensians will host The Butchers Arms, while Hibaldstow have a home match against New Holland Villa.



Picture: The White Horse pub in Brigg town centre before it was acquired by the Wetherspoon company. Image used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog in December 2018

Here's what we think is a unique picture of the White Horse pub in Brigg - now owned and operated by national company J D Wetherspoon.
It was taken some years ago from a loft vantage point - the old Sutton & Bean brewery tower on the other side of Wrawby Street - by Ken Harrison before Wetherspoon's acquired the property.
Back then the 18th century pub still had a range of outbuildings and car parking to the rear.
The area behind the pub was re-developed by Wetherspoon's to extend the hostelry, although the front and side walls of the building were retained.
A beer garden alongside Grammar School Road South was also added - a real sun-trap during the warmer months of the year.
The White Horse revamp was a major investment scheme in Brigg town centre which took many months to complete.
The pub/restaurant reopened under its present owners in January 2015 and soon became Brigg's most used hostelry.
Ken's picture also shows the A18 Barnard Avenue bus stop - very handy for customers after dark when Hornsby's use it rather than the one on Cary Lane.
In view of the weather it will be interesting to see the turn-out in Brigg pubs this weekend.
We should be seeing the start of the busy period leading up to Christmas and the New Year.
But today's cold conditions and biting wind might deter some less hardy fun-seekers from leaving their firesides.
We hope this will only apply in a few cases. But if you get too chilled on the walk into the town centre, try a whisky chaser with your pint!


 oming soon in Brigg - an exciting development of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses . Image used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog, December 2018
A large new housing development earmarked for a site in Brigg near the A18 is now being promoted.
Boards advertising a range of properties have gone up on Bridge Street, close to where the homes are to be built.
"Coming soon - an exciting development of 2, 3 and 4 Bedroom Houses" is the message being put over to passing motorists and pedestrians.
CLS Civil Engineering, which is based in Brigg, is directing enquiries to its general number 01652 658017 or to
North Lincolnshire Council has already granted planning permission for more than 60 properties on the old Corah's hosiery factory and Falcon Cycles sites.
The entrance to the development will be off Bridge Street.
The site is behind a number of existing properties, including Manton House, The Poplars and Welholme House.
Seen here are pictures of the promotional boards, the layout of the housing development and parts of the extensive site.

Picture - boards advertising a range of new homes to be built in Brigg - image on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog, December 2018

Layout plan for the large housing development "coming soon" in Brigg - picture used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog in December 2018


PICTURED: Part of the site earmarked for the new Aldi store in Brigg

A site plan for the proposed new Aldi store in Brigg shows a "proposed pedestrian crossing with refuge island" close by on Bridge Street.
This is indicated on the A18 directly opposite the foodstore.
The same plan also indicates 107 parking spaces with two pedestrian crossings inside the site to benefit customers, plus some cycling hoops.
A new roundabout on Bridge Street - at the top of Island Carr Road - is proposed to serve the site.
North Lincolnshire Council granted detailed planning permission two years ago, but building work has yet to start.
Aldi recently submitted an amended plan for a slightly larger store with floor space of 1,315 sq metres (an increase of 61 sq m on the original).
This application is being supported by Brigg Town Council and will now go before the local planning authority for a final decision.

An agent for Aldi recently told planners: "The scope and parameters of the changes sought have no material impact over that originally approved, and no impact on other aspects of the development which have previously been accepted by the council, and supported by members."

When granting planning permission for the initial application in September 2016, North Lincolnshire Council stipulated that store opening hours shall be restricted to 8am to 10pm, Mondays to Saturdays; and 10am to 6pm on Sundays. 
When Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee discussed the latest application and agreed it was "in support" a councillor mentioned the possibility of a Zebra crossing near the new store.

PICTURED ABOVE: Part of the site earmarked for the new Aldi store, off Bridge Street, Brigg, viewed from the edge of the A18. BELOW: An artist's impression of the new store.

Artist's impression of how the new Aldi store planned in Brigg will look


Brigg Blog has been asked to give a reminder about entries now being accepted for the town's annual public voluntary service award.
Nominations for the coveted Joseph J Magrath OBE Award need to be with Brigg Town Council by January 14, 2019.

Mr Magrath, pictured, was a very long-serving Town Clerk.
Follow this link to find out more and to download the official nomination form.

Friday, December 14, 2018


There's a musical event to enjoy at a Brigg pub tonight (Friday, December 14).
The Britannia Inn, on Wrawby Street, is hosting a Christmas Jumper Day karaoke and disco, from 8.30pm.
There's a free shot for those who get up and sing while wearing a Christmas jumper or T-shirt.
Tomorrow night (Saturday, December 15) drop in at The Stables Bar, adjoining the Dying Gladiator) for Simply Sax Does Christmas.
Saxophonist Mike, who is well-known at the venue, will be returning to entertain customers with a wide range of songs, including some Christmas favourites.
He will be performing between 7pm and 10pm.


A scheme which is transforming a vacant former children's home on the Springbank estate in Brigg into six apartments has been welcomed by Coun Rob Waltham who lives in the town.
Brigg Blog is pleased to see they are calling the development Poplar House in keeping with its location.

Government cash supports residents to live independently in Brigg


Work is progressing well on a housing project in Brigg which will support adults with physical or learning disabilities to live independently.
The six new apartments are being built thanks to Government money as part of the Accelerated Housing Partnership Scheme – a joint venture between North Lincolnshire Council, Ongo and the Government.
We’ve received £72,600 funding from Department of Health’s Housing and Technology fund for assistive equipment and technology to be installed in the apartments to enable the residents to live as independently as possible.
The Accelerated Housing Partnership will see a number of new housing projects across North Lincolnshire, and create a total of 240 homes over the next two years.
£25m is being invested through the scheme to help meet housing demand, enable more people to get on the property ladder, live independently and create jobs.
Work is expected to be completed on the apartments in early 2019. The council’s Adult Services will identify the most suitable new residents for the apartments, once they are completed.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Thanks to Government money, these six new apartments will provide much-needed, quality accommodation for disabled adults.
“Through our Government health grant, we’re able to ensure these homes have the right equipment to help the new residents live independently. People prefer to live in their own homes with the support they need.
“In total, the Accelerated Housing Partnership will see over 200 new quality, affordable homes built in North Lincolnshire – a significant investment and a demonstration of our commitment to providing homes and jobs in our area.”
Pete Stones, Director of Property, Ongo, said: “We’re really pleased to see how these apartments are looking. They’re built to a really high standard and will certainly support people to live independently.
“These project is a fantastic example to show how this partnership between us is really making a difference to the people of North Lincolnshire.”
Ross Davy was the architect for the Brigg development, and Broughton-based, Moore Facilities Management were appointed as the contractor.
Pictured above and immediately below: Cllr Rob Waltham and Pete Stone of Ongo at the site of the development in Brigg.

The building as it looked in 2012. It was declared surplus to requirements as a children's home


There's live music to enjoy in Brigg on Saturday, December 15, 2018.
Demon Akustic will perform at the Woolpack Hotel in the Market Place from 9pm.
They offer songs made famous by George Michael, Paulo Nutini, Ed Sheeran, Cindy Lauper, Prince and the Kings of Leon, to name but a few.
There's no charge for admission to this gig at the Woolie.


Briggensians FC go in search of a second league win of the season when they visit Limestone Rangers tomorrow (Saturday, December 15, 2018).
This game is in division one of the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League - sponsored by a Brigg company.
Briggensians are second from bottom but have games in hand on other teams in the lower half of the table.
That includes Barnetby United who have a fine opportunity to increase their points tally with a home fixture against bottom side Crosby Colts at Silver Street tomorrow.
In division two, Hibaldstow Wanderers visit Sherpa, but there's no game for leaders Barnetby United Reserves.
All league matches at this time of the year kick off at 2pm.

In the Balcan Supplies Lincolnshire Football League Premier there's no fixture scheduled for second-in-the-table Brigg Town on Saturday, December 15.


Picture: A CallConnect dial-a-ride bus in Brigg - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Could the handy CallConnect dial-a-bus service be expanded to operate in the Brigg area on Sundays and later in the evening on other days of the week?
Currently, it operates Monday-Friday 7am to 7pm, and from 7.30am to 6.30pm on Saturdays.
But how about a switch to 7am to 9pm, seven days a week?
The fares are reasonable and the service is, as it says, flexible.
But many people would appreciate additional operating hours, particularly on Sundays when a rather sparse service is provided by Stagecoach between Brigg and Scunthorpe.
Currently, hiring a taxi is the only option to get back to Brigg on a Sunday evening for those who don't have a car available.
CallConnect was expanded into our area a few years ago to allow people to get from A to B when timetabled transport is unavailable.
We've found it particularly useful to visit Elsham Golf Club for Saturday functions, and to come back to town from Barnetby railway station after the timetabled Hornsby service had finished for the day.
Find out more about CallConnect in Lincolnshire here...
We thought about this after a supporter of local public transpot sent us a link to a new report suggesting rural transport in the UK is in a "state of crisis, with bus cuts and shrinking transport networks leaving communities cut off, unable to access jobs and services, and creating increasingly congested roads."
The Campaign For Better Transport suggests: “Things need to change. The Government must realise the importance of rural transport and do more to help communities and local authorities provide a public transport network that supports rural economies and improves the health and wellbeing of the people who live there.” Read the full report here...
The Brigg Line passenger provision - just six trains on Saturdays, three in each direction - definitely needs improving; many local people want to see a meaningful service throughout the week so they can get to Sheffield, Grimsby and Cleethorpes or to Barnetby for connections elsewhere.
However, Monday to Saturday, Brigg currently has its best bus service for many years following the addition of the Hornsby X4 expesses to and from Scunthorpe.
Coupled with the long-established No 4 route, this now means that half-hourly buses for lengthy periods of the day link our market town and the steel town.
So we wouldn't say Brigg is facing a public transport crisis, despite trains being few and far between, as they have been for several decades.
But there's always room for improvement, and CallConnect might be the way to achieve this.
If you haven't already done so, register to use CallConnect buses using this link...

A CallConnect bus waiting to pick up passengers bound for Brigg from Barnetby railway station- see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog
A CallConnect bus waiting to pick up passengers bound for Brigg from Barnetby railway station

Thursday, December 13, 2018


A passenger train setting off from Brigg railway station for Grimsby and Cleethorpes - pictured used on Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog in December 2018

Brigg railway station gets a mention in a new video on YouTube - courtesy of book authors who have visited every station in the UK, including ours!
They were prompted to comment by the latest annual passenger figures released by the Office of Road and Rail Regulation.
Sadly, these show a decline in passenger numbers at Brigg station - down from 1,710 (in 2017) to 1,688 this year.
Kirton Lindsey station, which is also on the iconic Brigg line, saw a reduction from 358 to 290.
Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall took the train to stations far and wide for their impressive book called Railway Adventures: The Places, Trains, People and Stations.
Watch the couple's video through this link.
The Brigg line is mentioned between 41-50 and 43-50.

Vicki and Geoff visited Brigg station in June 2017 - something we announced at the time. See post here...


rior flats - available for sale through Paul Fox Commercial, December 2018 - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

A three-storey building containing a shop and two superior flats in Brigg town centre is now available for sale.
It's on the property market through local agents Paul Fox Commercial.
No 57 Wrawby Street - next to the archway leading through to the Exchange Coach House - has seen many uses over the years.
Ventures since the Second World War have included a painter/decorator/signwriter, the Lincolnshire Times newspaper (early 1950s to mid-1980s), garment repairs, computer fixing and shoe sales.
The latest retail occupier has now relocated to College Yard, Brigg.
The flats above - now known as 57A and 57B Wrawby Street - were created after the newspaper closed and the property changes hands.
View full details, including the asking price, through this link...
The Lincolnshire Times used the ground and first floors of what was then just No 57 as offices and the top one for storage.
The newsroom was on the first floor, overlooking Wrawby Street, and gave reporters a fine view of Brigg life unfolding before them.
It was always interesting to see how drivers who had parked outside local shops reacted to the impending arrival of the traffic warden.
Bowen's bakery and Water's butchers were among those to benefit from quick-stop customers.
Pre-pedestrianisation when Wrawby Street was still the A18 there was an extensive car parking area behind the Lincolnshire Times office.
It later became part of Joe Mullen's Exchange Coach House, where additional rooms were made available in the courtyard.

PICTURED: Above - the building as it now looks, available for sale; immediately below - a 2017 view showing The Shoe Room occupying the ground floor shop; bottom image - The Hub computer shop at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg, in 2011

Picture: The Shoe Room shop at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog

Picture: Hub Computer Services at 57 Wrawby Street, Brigg - see Nigel Fisher's Brigg Blog