Saturday, April 17, 2021


Brigg needs an additional light-controlled pelican-type pedestrian crossing on the very busy A18, one of our followers is suggesting.
He believes there is "an accident waiting to happen" where Bridge Street curves round to Ancholme Way, close to the Yarborough Hunt pub.
Traffic island crossing points were provided here and nearby as part of the inner-relief road scheme three decades ago, but the increase in vehicles since then and the forthcoming addition of a large housing development off Bridge Street (creating additional footfall) has prompted his call for improvements to help pedestrians cross the A18 safely, particularly elderly people and those with mobility issues.
A local resident who has been concerned about this for some time emailed us, saying: "A few months ago while driving along there I saw a person on a disability scooter unable to get across.
"Driving on the road leading towards Lidl/the bridge, I couldn't stop as I could not guarantee anyone stopping who was coming from the opposite direction.
"Also, with a new housing estate being built next to Bridge Street, and the existing estate at Scawby Brook, I feel that there will be an increase in footfall with people walking into town.
"This is getting to be quite a dangerous road to negotiate and very rarely does anyone stop on the corner for pedestrians.
"There are no traffic light-controlled crossings on the length of the road so people not so quick on their feet, or the elderly, must cross a road on foot or double back under the bridge, which is not ideal, if going to Barnards butchers or the Yarborough, for instance.
"I just thought that I'd share my thoughts with you as I feel there is an accident waiting to happen in this area."
Our informant suggests this is an interesting topic which Brigg Blog might raise through its "connections with the local council."
The curve in the A18 near Peacock & Binnington's frontage does not help pedestrians when it comes to observing traffic that is approaching them along Bridge Street from the direction of Scawby Brook.
Humberside County Council was still the local highway authority in the early 1990s when plans for the new inner relief road/by-pass were drawn up. Pelican crossings were subsequently installed on the re-aligned A18 along Barnard Avenue and at the top end of Wrawby Street (near the White Horse and the China Garden takeaway).
But as our correspondent rightly points out, the western stretch of the A18 along Bridge Street still does not have a light-controlled crossing.
For many decades a traditional zebra crossing was provided while the entire length of Bridge Street still formed part of the A18.

Since 1996 the local highways authority has been North Lincolnshire Council, which we hope will now consider our correspondent's thoughts and his suggestion for a new pelican crossing on the A18, near the Yarborough Hunt, to replace the traffic island.

Note that the vehicles seen here posed no threat to pedestrian safety.


Brigg pubs will be hoping for a very successful weekend, with visiting customers following the rules.
Many locals will be visiting their local for the first time today (Saturday, April 19) or on Sunday now the Government has eased lockdown restrictions to permit outdoor 'table service' at licensed hostelries.
Sunny weather earlier this week gave Brigg bars a boost as they got back into the swing of things following Monday's partial resumption.
The Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, has now taken delivery of some additional furniture for its beer garden to the rear of the premises.
The test & trace system employed during earlier lockdowns continues, so customers visiting any of Brigg's bars need to download this mobile phone 'app' or tender their details in writing when they arrive at premises to be shown to an available table. Masks need to be worn until you're sitting comfortably and place an order.
North Lincolnshire Council's Brigg Saturday Market will be taking place today from 8am. Hopefully, there will be similar footfall to that enjoyed by the market held yesterday (Thursday) in glorious sunshine.
In beer gardens or while out shopping, many Brigg people this weekend will be meeting up in socially-distanced fashion with friends & family members they haven't seen much of since late December due to the anti-virus restrictions.
Some of us this week went for our second and final Coronavirus 'jabs' at the town's Riverside Surgery or elsewhere. Fingers will be firmly crossed that possible side-effects do nor rule out pub visits this weekend!

And finally, on a serious note, please remember that one minute's silence will be observed across the nation this afternoon at 3pm for the Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral is being held in Windsor, following his death aged 99. Many people in Brigg will be showing their respects at this time.


Plans have been announced to turn a Broughton pub - located on the No 4 bus route between Brigg and Scunthorpe - into a convenience store providing jobs for 12 people.
'Change of use' permission for the Red Lion, on the High Street, is now being requested from North Lincolnshire Council. The scheme, submitted by a Scawby-based applicant, includes the addition of a front extension.
A design & access statement submitted in support of the application mentions Broughton having three other licensed premises, and suggests "the community will still be well served by similar establishments."
The store will sell convenience goods such as foodstuffs, newspapers and magazines.
Proposed opening hours are 7am to 10pm, seven days a week.
The scheme will create 12 new jobs (a mixture of full & part time positions).
Parking provision is being made for 13 vehicles.
North Lincolnshire Council is now considering this application. A public consultation period will end on May 6.

PICTURED: The Red Lion, Broughton, pictured recently while we were waiting on the High Street for a Hornsby No 4 bus back to Brigg.

Friday, April 16, 2021




Next month it will be three years since the Nelthorpe Arms in Brigg served its last pint prior to closure and conversion into purely residential use - a case being put forward that the Bridge Street licensed premises were no longer viable as a hostelry and 'change of use' was the only viable option. North Lincolnshire Council agreed and permission was granted, with the outward appearance of the listed building in the conservation area being preserved
Pub-to-housing conversions have been approved across the UK for many years.
However, West Lindsey District Council has has now REFUSED an application to convert an early 19th century pub - eight miles south of Brigg - into a dwelling.
Announcing its decision on the Marquis of Granby at Waddingham, the council informed the applicant: "The proposal fails to provide sufficient information to demonstrate that the public house, a centrally located community facility, is no longer fit for purpose and the site is not viable to be redeveloped for a new community facility. Nor is there alternative  provision that exists within reasonable proximity."
Local ward councillor Jeff Summers (Waddingham & Spital) said: "The success of a public house is down to the level of hospitality, and personable attributes of the landlord. Please allow for another occupant to prove himself. Please allow the prospective buyer a chance to provide much needed facilities for this rural community.”
Waddingham Parish Council also objected to the application, saying: "The Marquis of Granby is at the centre of our community and has been successful for many years."
The council received objections from many Waddingham residents, and there was also some support expressed for the proposal.
A detailed report submitted on behalf of the Mansfield-based applicant said: "It's abundantly clear that the property in question unfortunately no longer functions as its intended use. The application which this Design and Access Statement supports, if approved, would allow the building to be brought back into use again and provide a family home for future generations."
Brigg Blog photographed the Marquis of Granby a couple of years ago from the top floor of a double-decker bus operating the Fridays-only Brigg to Lincoln service (since discontinued).
In Brigg, over recent years, the Brocklesby Ox (Bridge Street) and the Ancholme Inn (Grammar School Road) were knocked down with new housing being built on both sites. Barnetby's Railway Inn has also given way to new properties.
At Scawby Brook, council approval was given last month to convert the King William IV pub to residential use, and outline permission granted to build new properties on land behind the hamlet's hostelry. 

The 'King Billy' remains open at present.
There is considerable demand for new housing in Brigg and surrounding settlements within a 10-mile radius. And that has been the case for many years.

PICTURED: Above - The Marquis of Granby on Waddingham High Street (left) and the Nelthorpe Arms, Brigg, on its farewell night in May 2018 including our last pint of many supped there over the years. Below - the town's Brocklesby Ox and the Ancholme Inn - demolition underway and pending.




A plan for safe access in Brigg is among the latest applications for our area decided by North Lincolnshire Council.
The authority has granted planning permission to install a dropped kerb on land adjacent to 26-27 Bigby Road, Brigg, alongside the A1084.
No objections were received from the highways department, the conservation officer or the public.
A council assessment report said the dropped kerb "would allow the applicant to safely access and egress the parking provision located adjacent to their address."
Local authority planners are now considering a similar proposal for Scawby.
Permission to install a dropped kerb to permit vehicular access to the highway (including part-demolition of existing boundary wall) is being requested for 19 Ivy Cottage, Vicarage Lane. A decision has yet been made.
There is no let up in the high number of proposed developments within the Brigg area being submitted to North Lincolnshire Council.
BROUGHTON: Approval is being sought to erect single and two-storey rear extensions and make alterations to the front elevation at 3 Raven Close.
HIBALDSTOW: Listed building consent is being requested to replace all the windows and the front door at Beechwood Farmhouse, 18 East Street.
SAXBY-ALL-SAINTS: Planning permission to erect a single-storey extension to the existing garage and to erect a new detached outbuilding is being sought for Gamekeepers Hillside Cottage, on Danns Hill. Another application in this Wolds village is seeking approval to erect single-storey and two-storey extensions with associated works including a dormer to the rear of the property at 62 Hall Cottage, Main Street.
Permission to erect two dwellings at Church Farm, Waddingham Road, South Kelsey, has been refused by West Lindsey District Council. There is an option to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.


Can a case by made for planting new trees beside main roads in Brigg to replace mature examples that have been lost?
The town has very attractive avenues of trees lining its Wrawby Road (A18) and Bigby Road (A1084) approaches.
But disease, bad weather (including storms) and other factors have taken their toll in some instances.
North Lincolnshire Council is currently spearheading a praiseworthy 'green' campaign to plant 170,000 saplings across the area it administers. The locations are many and varied.
But as trees are lost, particularly on roadside verges, could replacements be planted in these gaps?
Rather than 'X' marking the spot, the rotting stumps give a good indication of the locations if the council decides to act along these lines.

PICTURED: Tree stumps on Bigby Road and Wrawby Road earlier this week.

Thursday, April 15, 2021


North Lincolnshire Council planners have now decided an application relating to one the most historic buildings in Brigg town centre.
The Manor House, once the seat of the Elwes family which owned extensive areas of land and property in Brigg, was later passed to Nuns for use as a convent and school until the early 1970s, following which it was converted into residential accommodation. 

Members of the Elwes family held the title Lord of the Manor in Brigg over many decades.
Planning permission has now been granted for 2 Manor House Convent, on Bigby Street, to make internal alterations and for the replacement of a rear bay window with bifold doors. 

This Brigg Conservation Area application, relating to an 18th century listed building, was submitted late last year.
A heritage statement submitted by an architect for the applicant stressed: "My client is drawn to the historic importance of the building and wishes to enhance the internal character as part of their renovation of the property."
A subsequent assessment report prepared by council staff concluded: "The proposal would be in materials traditional to the property and would not result in any impact appreciably upon its character or the wider area."
No objections were received during the mandatory consultation period.
The planning authority has yet to rule on another application which relates to No 3 Manor House Convent (adjoining No 2). Notice of intention to fell a False Acacia tree situated within Brigg Conservation Area was submitted last month. The tree is behind the property.


PICTURED: Above - 2 Manor House Convent (on the left) with 3 next door. Below - the Convent circa 1970 when Bigby Street still formed part of the A18.