Thursday, July 25, 2019


Plans to create a new sports venue in Brigg were discussed by town councillors during a meeting held in the Angel Suite Lounge on Monday night (July 22).
Permission is being sought for a change to assembly/leisure use at Unit 2 Nelthorpe Business Court, Bridge Street - the Barn building behind the former Nelthorpe Arms pub.
Brigg Kickboxing - a family-run martial arts business - is interested in using the Barn as a venue for its classes.
No concerns were voiced about the proposed change of use when Brigg Town Council's Planning & Environment Committee considered the application on Monday.
Coun Jane Gibbons pointed out it was a case of reverting back to a class of use that applied in the past.
However, it was suggested that the centre's classes would result in many people arriving by car and being picked up later.
Coun Jane Kitching said she was not aware of any objections to the application from local residents; her only concern was about car parking.
Town Mayor Coun Sharon Riggall said the number of vehicles would increase due to people being dropped off for classes.
However, she noted that the planned change of use would provide "something for the children."
Deputy Town Mayor Coun Brian Parker, chairing the meeting, said the Barn building had formerly being used as a venue for Brigg Beer Festival.
Brigg Kickboxing currently operates at Ancholme Leisure Centre (Scawby Brook), the Phil Grundy Sports Centre in Broughton and at Barton's Baysgarth Leisure Centre.
The business has taken the opportunity to lease Unit 2  "currently being used as an office" and "previously used as a function room."
The applicant stresses no alterations are to be made to the structure or inside of the property.
Brigg Kickboxing has 100 students of all ages who take part in classes.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering the 'change of use' application and will make its decision in due course.

PICTURED: The Barn building (centre, in the distance) behind the former Nelthorpe Arms. The pub was converted to purely residential after its closure last year.