Wednesday, March 03, 2021



With February's Brigg Farmers' Market drawing a sizeable number of shoppers to the town centre last Saturday, many who came down Wrawby Street will have passed well-known retail premises which are currently being refurbished.
The Kennedi Boutique name is now evident above the large shop unit as this business relocates from its familiar base in the Market Place, close to the County Bridge.
The shop it has taken on was used by Lindsey Lodge Hospice for charity fundraising up to last year.
Refurbishment continues inside the boutique's new base with lockdown restrictions still applying to so-called non-essential businesses. 

The boutique says it is looking forward to opening on April 12 on Wrawby Street.
Following last Saturday's farmers' market, some people took to social media to express concerns about crowds of people shopping while Lockdown 3 is still in place to combat the Coronavirus.
Buy others said they were pleased to see folk out spending money in a busy town centre.
Queues formed at some of the stalls - the market enjoying perfect sunny weather and the temperature topping 50F by mid-morning.
Our own view is that if a farmers' market is arranged and traders come to Brigg and stock their stalls, interested people will attend. Some shoppers wore masks (not mandatory in the open air) while others opted not to do so.

PICTURED - Kennedi's new premises taking shape at the weekend and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese sold from a popular stall at Saturday's farmers' market.


With warmer weather ahead, a walled garden containing an outdoor swimming pool in the Brigg area has received planning approval.
Permission has been granted for a proposed garden wall to form a walled garden, swimming pool and garden room to include changing room, plant room and WC at Low Farm, Howsham Lane, Searby.
West Lindsey District Council categorised this as a householder development; no objections were received.
The Gainsborough-based authority has now refused two planning applications in South Kelsey:

  • Erection of two detached dwellings and garages on land to the west of North End Cottage, North End Lane.
  • Erection of a livestock building at Brandy Wharf Piggery, Waddingham Road.

Anyone refused planning permission by a local authority may, if they wish, lodge an appeal to be undertaken by a Government-appointed inspector.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering Broughton applications seeking approval to erect a single-storey front extension at Rosewood, 26 Town Hill, and a single-storey extension (including demolition of garage) at 1 Harrys Dream.
In Redbourne, approval is being requested to convert an existing twin garage into a granny annexe at The Cloisters, Redbourne Park.
North Lincolnshire planners have also received notice of intention to fell several sycamore trees within Redbourne's conservation area at Springfield, Beck Lane. The council will give its views on this proposal in due course.


Property and land for sale has been showcased in Brigg town centre by North Lincolnshire Council for many years.
Details have been displayed in attractive glass cases on the southern side of the Buttercross within the Market Place.
A couple of weeks ago we spotted that all the notices outlining particulars had been removed and thought this might relate to refurbishment work being undertaken on the ground floor of the Buttercross to create a Tourism Hub.
However, the council has since confirmed that this project has been completed.
The authority is currently trying to dispose of several surplus-to-requirements sites it owns in Brigg, including the former Youth Centre on Grammar School Road and the ex-community hub off Horstead Avenue, together with land suitable for housing development near Atherton Way.
It has others on the market across North Lincolnshire, including land and properties in Scunthorpe.
A great deal of property searching now takes place online - a sign of the times.
However, given the 'footfall' in Brigg Market Place, is there still a case for using a more traditional method near the Buttercross?


An extensive flood defence project carried out in Brigg since last autumn appears to have been completed.
Brigg Blog is still awaiting confirmation from the Environment Agency which has been contacted for comment.
A bank of the Old River Ancholme has been strengthened between Cadney Road railway bridge and the southern end of Manley Gardens.
Heavy machinery was housed in a temporary compound off Mill Lane, several hundred yards away, while this project was undertaken.
Investment in flood defences in Brigg is always welcome as land near the Ancholme is only a few metres above sea level which can result in alerts or warnings from the agency following periods of heavy rain at certain times of the year.
These pictures were taken on Monday afternoon (March 1). Our vantage point for the view at the top was the Candley Beck bridge at the southern end of Elwes Street.


Tuesday, March 02, 2021


Brigg is working its way towards becoming a 'Plastic Free Town'.
As one of the first steps, the Town Council will be contacting businesses and local schools to seek pledges of support. A request will be made to use non-plastic bags which can be used again and again.
The message is: "Single-use plastic is old hat."
The council is now pricing up a supply of suitable bags not made from plastic, and will be working with local traders. Using the 'Love Brigg' slogan, these re-usable bags will also encourage people to 'Shop Local'.
It is also hoped that food outlets will use paper bags to wrap purchases in preference to plastic.
A fountain is to be installed in the town centre where people will be able to top up water bottles instead of throwing empty ones away and using others made of plastic.
England's first 'Plastic Free Town' is thought to have been Penzance, in Cornwall, which achieved its aim several years ago.


Brigg Town Football Club's first teamers will NOT have a late season cup competition to take part in.
With all remaining fixtures in the Northern Counties East League cancelled (subject to pending Football Association ratification) because of the continuing Coronavirus emergency lockdown, the league considered organising a tournament for member clubs.
However, at a recent meeting this idea was discounted by the league's management committee which believes "it is not feasible at the moment due to no spectators being allowed in until at least May 17th, 2021, with no income from clubhouses and snack bars, etc."
Noting that some clubs are now considering organising games between themselves, the league points out that these fixtures will require prior approval from the competition and the FA.
However, the league adds that member clubs will be free to play friendlies after March 29, behind closed doors, should they wish to do so, and can resume training from this date. Read the full NCEL statement here...
If, as expected, the FA ratifies the cancellation of all remaining 2020/21 Northern Counties East fixtures, Brigg Town will finish sixth in Division One - the position occupied when matches were halted weeks ago due to the latest lockdown. The Zebras had played only 11 of their 38 scheduled games when the programmes was suspended.

PICTURED BELOW: A town centre fingerpost sign pointing the way to Brigg Town Football Club's EC Surfacing Stadium (The Hawthorns) for 'away' fans arriving by train on Saturdays.  The virus emergency and lockdown periods have affected football fans coming to Brigg, while passenger trains are currently suspended.



North Lincolnshire Council has now granted planning permission for a first floor side extension to be built at a domestic property in Brigg.
No objections to this householder proposal for 19 St James Road were received from the public, Brigg Town Council or other agencies consulted.
A delegated assessment report by North Lincolnshire planners said: "The proposed addition is to extend above the existing garage at first floor. Given the orientation of the openings to the front and rear of the extension and the nature of the extension being above the existing garage and to the side of the neighbouring property it is not considered that there would be significant effects of overlooking, over-shadowing or oppression upon any neighbouring property to warrant resistance on these grounds."
Permission has been granted to erect a single-storey rear extension at The Old Reading Room, 9 Vicarage Lane, Scawby.
Consent has been given to fell a copper beech and a beech, and crown lift a lime tree, all within the Saxby-All-Saints conservation area at Mulberry Cottage, 12 Main Street.
The following local applications have been lodged with North Lincolnshire Council - decisions awaited from planners:
GREETWELL: Erect a new replacement garage at 28 Kirton Road.
SCAWBY: Notice of intention to fell four Lawson cypress and one cedar within the village conservation area at 4 Messingham Lane.