Tuesday, March 17, 2020
BRIGG BUSINESSES STAND TO BENEFIT FROM 'OUTSTANDING' MOVE TO BOOST VISITOR NUMBERS
Brigg stands to benefit from the spending power of many more tourists if a welcome submission about to be made by North Lincolnshire Council proves successful, as we think it will.
Coun Rob Waltham told Brigg Town Council's latest meeting that a case would be made to Natural England to extend the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) into North Lincolnshire.
He outlined this to fellow town councillors in his role as the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council.
Brigg Blog can't have been the only one present in the Angel Suite that evening who wondered why the section of Wolds visible in the distance from our town isn't already included.
After the meeting we looked this up online and a map showed the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB currently covering a huge area - running from just north of Spilsby right through to Caistor.
However, the Lincolnshire Wolds begin at South Ferriby and pass through Horkstow, Saxby-All-Saints, Bonby, Worlaby, Elsham and Barnetby - all settlements within North Lincolnshire that are not included in the 'outstanding' zone.
Bigby, Somerby, Owmby and Grasby are over the local government boundary in West Lindsey but surely merit inclusion in the Wolds AONB if a boundary review follows in the near future.
Beneath the map outlining the current Lincolnshire Wolds AONB - click here to take a look - is an informative article suggesting market towns that people might like to visit. Caistor is included, but not Brigg - at present.
If the bid to get North Lincolnshire's part of the Wolds succeeds, it's to be hoped that many tourists will call in Brigg.
Day-trippers can drop in at our award-winning Tourist Information Centre in the Buttercross to pick up leaflets and advice about places to visit within the extended Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Those coming to North Lincolnshire for several days, or longer, might want to stay in hotels, bed & breakfast outlets and pubs that offer accommodation.
There are Yorkshire Wolds as well as Lincolnshire Wolds - both being similar in terms of geology and appearance but divided by the River Humber.
In the current issue of North Lincolnshire Council's News Direct newspaper - now being delivered to local homes - there's a fine feature about Extending the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty into North Lincolnshire.
It suggests that if our area gains inclusion this will "contribute significantly to the economic development of North Lincolnshire."
A lengthy list of organisations that are supporting the extension of the AONB includes West Lindsey District Council as well as the North Lincolnshire authority.
Individuals in Brigg and district can pledge their support for extending the AONB by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
PICTURED: The Lincolnshire Wolds viewed from Brigg (image by Neil Stapleton), together with views of Bigby Hill and Somerby.