Annual Parish Meeting 2018

Those who came along to the village school hall last Thursday were treated to an entertaining and informative evening, organised by  Parish Councillors. After the Primary School choir got us in the groove with three songs, Alwyn Killingsworth spoke about the forthcoming Heritage Weekend which this year would be tied in with the Open Church Weekend on 8/9 September.

Councillor Pat Tartellin then talked about a new programme of Kirkby on Bain walks organised by herself and Councillor Penny Stones. Pat also said she was hoping to get Kirkby on Bain included in the Wolds Walking Festival and although too late for this year, she was optimistic for next year.

After a refreshment break during which we were invited to sample biscuits and vote in the ‘Bake a Biscuit’ competition, keynote speaker Eran Bauer gave a fascinating talk about the recent mustard gas major incident in Kirkby Lane which attracted so much national media attention at the time. Continue reading

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Planning application, The Old Rectory

East Lindsey District Council planning application reference S/094/00674/18 has been received by the Parish Council and is now being considered. Listed building consent is sought to install two satellite dishes on the roof of the existing dwelling. | THE OLD RECTORY, TATTERSHALL ROAD, KIRKBY ON BAIN, WOODHALL SPA, LN10 6YN

If you wish to comment on this application, please visit this ELDC web page where you can view the associated documents and submit your comments online if you wish. Observations are requested no later than May 3rd 2018.
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Broadband update

Following the Parish Council meeting last week, Councillor Tydeman has shared some interesting news from Paul Bimson, Regional Partnership Director, BT East Midlands:

“Following the initial planning process needed to determine the most viable solution for the village to enable premises to receive superfast speeds via fibre broadband, the selected technology now being planned for deployment is Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).  FTTP is capable of Ultrafast speeds (up to 330Mbps currently but the technology is capable of going much faster.)  Deploying FTTP is complex.  Openreach are working to have all of the necessary engineering work completed and fibre cables installed and operational during Q3 of this year.  To provision FTTP to the village this will also require a key upgrade of the technology located in the serving exchange, hence the extended timescale.”

I understand that this news is unrelated to the Community Fibre Partnership Scheme which I wrote about recently, promoted by a different BT Excecutive, Glenn Fendall.

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Broadband update: Community Fibre Partnerships

Over the last few weeks John Dudley and I have been exploring this relatively new Openreach scheme which applies only to those who live and work in “remote” areas who cannot access the internet by fibre optical cable and who are not on an existing fast broadband rollout. We now appear to be in that category.

Put simply, the idea is that internet users in such areas should raise part of the initial costs of laying a fibre cable to the nearest telephone cabinet themselves. In our case this would mean a share of the costs of laying a cable from the nearest fibre-enabled cabinet at the Woodhall Spa end of Kirkby Lane to our local cabinet opposite the Ebrington Arms, plus the necessary electronic equipment to handle the data.

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Parish Council Meeting, November 2017: Update

A scheduled meeting of the Council was held on November 2nd in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm.

Three members of the public attended, along with Lincolnshire County Councillor Bradwell and ELDC Councillor Craig Leyland, both of whom offered useful advice and information during the meeting.

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Parish Council update: July 2017

A scheduled meeting of the Council was held on Thursday July 6th, in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm.

One member of the public attended, and the Chairman extended a warm welcome to Lincolnshire County Councillor Bradwell, who was able to offer useful advice and information during the meeting.

Of particular interest:

It was agreed that this year’s Annual Parish Meeting was a success, and that a similar format might be used in future. The events sub committee is now planning an apple-themed village festival, scheduled for October 8th. (Item 043).

Disappointment and frustration were expressed regarding the failure of BT / Openreach to install fibre broadband in the village despite a previous assurance that we would have it by now, made at an earlier Parish Council meeting by Paul Bimson, BT Regional Partnership Director. (Item 045).
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