Thursday, May 23, 2019



Failure of a major set of traffic lights on the A18 in Brigg left them out of action for a number of hours well into the afternoon on Saturday (May 18).
North Lincolnshire Council acted promptly to get the lights sorted and didn't leave it until staff arrived back at work after the weekend.
Drivers entering and exiting Cary Lane and Ash Grove showed common sense during the period before the fault was rectified.
And that has prompted suggestions on social media that North Lincolnshire Council, as the highway authority, might consider REMOVING the set of lights at the top of Cary Lane.
Drivers wishing to turn right out of Cary Lane would then be encouraged, instead, to head left and use the Atherton Way roundabout to return along Barnard Avenue towards the Monument.
With the traffic lights removed, motorists looking to turn right out of Ash Grove might find it a quicker option to travel through the Newlands estate and join the A18 at the Atherton Way roundabout.
Over some years the council has adjusted the traffic light settings at the Cary Lane and Old Courts Road junctions, and there are now fewer hold-ups than used to be the case.
However, Brigg Blog can't see any harm in council experts taking another look to gauge whether removal of the Cary Lane lights might have a positive result on the flow of vehicles along the very busy A18.
Could the lights be suspended for a couple of weeks as a trial measure?
Removing these lights might well benefit the many pedestrians who use the pelican crossing near Cary Lane to make their way over Barnard Avenue, particularly residents of the Newlands estate.
This pelican crossing clearly needs to be retained, but the way it is currently synchronised with the traffic lights often means lengthy waiting times for those on foot as we can testify after taking this picture.
If the push-button pelican became a standard type, not linked to the traffic lights, perhaps crossing the A18 might be speeded up.
In the past there have been suggestions that the other set of traffic lights on Barnard Avenue, leading to the Old Courts Road car park, might be removed in addition to the set on Cary Lane.
That might work fine most of the time but on very busy days, such as Thursdays and Saturdays, lengthy queues would result as drivers trying to exit Old Courts Road waited for a gap to appear in traffic approaching from the direction of the Monument, even if they only wished to turn left rather than right. So we don't think that's a good idea.
Built in the early 1990s as the Brigg Inner Relief Road, this stretch of the A18 is unusual in having a roundabout at both ends.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously said: “You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning.”
But in Brigg it's part and parcel of motoring life for ladies ... and gents!


Cricket followers living in Brigg and district won't have to travel far, or wait long, to watch county Twenty20 action this season.
Lincolnshire County Cricket Club, which has members who live in our area, will be playing Staffordshire on Sunday, June 9 at Scunthorpe Town's ground.
There will be two matches in this exciting, run-packed short format - starting at 11am and 2.30pm.
Scunthorpe Town's fine ground - with licensed bar - is located off Ashby Road, which is on the bus route from Brigg and Broughton.

If you want to give the bar a miss, the ground has car parking available. Turn left off the A18 at the Queensway pub; the ground not far away on the left.
Traditionally, Lincolnshire play a three-day Minor Counties Championship match in the north of the historic county every season.
This year's will begin at Cleethorpes' Chichester Road ground on Sunday, July 21 at 11am.
Suffolk will be visiting this well-appointed venue, with bar, near the seafront (turn right when you reach the leisure centre).
Work permitting, Brigg Blog will be in attendance for one of the days, along with many other cricket-lovers from our district.
The ground is within walking distance of the railway station and you can break your journey with breakfast at one of the seafront cafes. Ample car parking is available at the match venue.
Barton Town's Marsh Lane ground - very well tended by groundsman Andrew Tester - has been given a county game. Lincolnshire's Development XI will be playing Staffordshire Development on Thursday, July 18 (11am start).


Are you sure when the bins will be collected from your Brigg household over the forthcoming May bank holiday period? And do you know which bins to put out?
North Lincolnshire Council crews which do the emptying will be collecting the following from Brigg properties that normally enjoy Tuesday collections:
Tuesday, May 28: Brown garden waste wheelie bin & burgundy bin containing plastic and cardboard for recycling.

Be sure to put yours out for collection by 7am that morning.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Brigg people will be going to polling stations for the second time this month.
Following the North Lincolnshire Council and Brigg Town Council elections held on May 2, there's another coming up for the European Parliament tomorrow - Thursday, May 23.
Six seats need to be filled and nine parties have nominated 51 candidates for the Yorkshire and Humber Region of the European Parliament, which includes us.
Polling stations in Brigg and elsewhere will be open between 7am and 10pm.
It will be interesting to see the percentage turnout.


The Cary Lane bus station in Brigg, North Lincolnshire

Better public transport is on the wish list of many people who live within the Brigg area.
We could do with a meaningful train service - rather than the current Saturdays-only timetable offering only three easterly journeys to Cleethorpes and three to Sheffield.
And grateful as we are for the fine bus links between Brigg and Scunthorpe, including the relatively new X4 Hornsbys expresses, journeys to towns and cities other than our neighbouring metropolis can prove difficult if not impossible.
We thought about this while making a recent Friday trip from Brigg to Buckinghamshire, returning three days later, on a Monday.
First, we had to take the No 4 bus from Brigg Cary Lane to Scunthorpe because connecting National Express company cross-country coaches from Hull to the steel town, via the Humber Bridge, do not call in Brigg on their way to London and other destinations.
Is there any chance the powers-that-be could ask for our town to be included through a slight diversion to the route?
We duly boarded the mid-morning Friday National Express coach in Scunthorpe and headed for Birmingham, where we took a train from Moor Street station to High Wycombe, arriving mid-afternoon.
Between Birmingham and our destination we gazed from the window of the excellent and very frequent Chiltern Trains service as we passed through towns that, unlike Brigg, still have stations with a meaningful timetable.
Having returned to Scunthorpe on the Monday aboard the National Express coach we were in time to catch the 8.10pm Hornsbys No 4 back to Brigg, via Broughton and Scawby.
However, had we chosen to return a day earlier, a taxi would have been required from Scunthorpe to Brigg as no late buses are operated by Stagecoach on Sundays.
Talk to people living in many other parts of the UK and they find it hard to believe that an area like North Lincolnshire has sparse public transport, compared with what they enjoy and assume to be the norm.
And what about more local  public transport?
There's a bus service between Brigg and Lincoln, via Scawby and Hibaldstow, but it only runs on Fridays.
If you want to go to Grimsby - Monday to Friday - you can get a bus from Brigg to Barnetby and back again, but timetabling makes it difficult to spend a meaningful length of time in the coastal town. The same applies if you want to visit Barton.
Buses, coaches and passenger trains are all run by private companies, not North Lincolnshire Council which, to its credit, supports some public transport routes and also the CallConnect dial-a-bus service. However, much as we appreciate CallConnect (being a registered user) it does not operate at all times when demand exists.
When it comes to the all-important carbon footprint and reducing global warming, we are told that using public transport is most desirable because it reduces the number of individual car journeys.
But someone, somewhere has to ensure that buses and trains are available whenever people want to comply with this worthy aim, and that means in the evenings and weekends, seven days a week.
Our traveller's tale does have a happy ending. Having arrived at High Wycombe railway station, we had some time to kill.
Just beyond the car park we spied the Bootlegger pub that proved to be an absolute delight. So much so that we took some pictures of it to share with fellow real ale fans once we got back to Brigg.
Viewing the line-up of pumps on the bar, we selected a refreshing light ale made by a local brewery called Fisher's!

Fisher's Blonde Ale on tap at the Bootlegger pub (below) in hilly High Wycombe.

Birmingham's famous Bull Ring Centre viewed from Moor Street railway station in the centre of the city.


Historic Wrawby Mill near Brigg in North Lincolnshire

Individuals and families in the Brigg area who are looking for somewhere interesting to visit over the forthcoming bank holiday should note that Wrawby Mill will be holding an open day on Monday, May 27 (from 1pm to 5pm).
This Free-to-visit historic landmark is cared for by the Wrawby Windmill Society.
Built in the 18th century, the mill - close to the A18 Melton Road at DN20 8SR - will also be open to the public on these dates in 2019:
Sunday 30th June
Saturday 27th July
Monday 26th August
Saturday 21st September.
Admission and parking is free - donations welcome.
There will also be a family fun day on Sunday, June 30, from 1pm to 5pm.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Get those entries in now for the Brigg Garden Competition 2019, organised by the Town Council.
You can nominate your own or a friend's or neighbour's that has taken your eye.
But don't delay as the closing date is drawing near - June 14.
The competition is a long-established one, culminating in a showpiece, late summer presentation ceremony in the Angel Suite to which finalists are invited to hear the results  announced and see the the trophies and certificates being presented.
In addition to the top gardens, there are also awards for the most impressive allotments tended by plot-holders on Redcombe Lane/Atherton Way and Grammar School Road who hire their veg-growing patches from the council in return for a small annual rent.
Schools and business premises with floral displays are also included.
Categories are:

  • Best house front garden
  • Best hanging basket/display - business or organisation premises
  • Best allotment plot
  • Best school display - basket, flower bed or vegetable plot
Entries can be made in several ways, and judging will be undertaken during July.
You can collect a printed form from the Town Council Office on the ground floor of the Angel building or from the Tourist Information Centre at the Buttercross in the Market Place.
Alternatively, CLICK HERE and download the form.

Please note that as this competition is organised by our town council, all gardens must be located within the Brigg parish boundary.
Well-received changes were made last year to the way in which the garden competition is organised.
Small groups of councillors used to tour the town, street by street, looking at gardens and drawing up a shortlist of those that impressed them to go forward for final judging.
This time-consuming method has now been replaced by a simpler system involving nominations by townsfolk for the judging stage.
Click here to view the current trophy-holders, following the presentations made last year.

PICTURED ABOVE: The best front garden of 2018, tended by Derek Capp, of the Newlands estate, seen below receiving the coveted trophy from Town Mayor Councillor Donald Campbell last August in the Angel Suite.