Report: Annual Parish Meeting 2019

The event organisers Martin, Penny and I thought that this year’s chance to meet up and have your say went pretty well. Tarts were tasted and voted on (the winner was Penny Stones’ delicious Bakewell,) ideas for naming the footpath were submitted and speed limit bin-stickers were distributed, before newly elected Parish Council Chairman Simon Tydeman addressed the meeting, listing recent achievements, current concerns and future plans.

Some of Simon’s remarks sparked heartfelt comments and suggestions, particularly regarding the quite shocking statistics gleaned from speed watch data collected by the recently installed speed warning signs, the continuing nuisance of HGV trucks traveling through the village, and of course the mystery now surrounding the recent fibre broadband installation works.  Once again “Have Your Say” proved not to be just a slogan in this village.

Our guest speaker Lydia Henry, Community Archaeologist from Heritage Lincolnshire, enthralled us all as she updated us on the progress of the archaeological dig at the Woodhall Spa quarry, known to most of us all as the gravel pits, setting out the historical and cultural context of this dig which, after a slow start, has now revealed the existence of a Roman Farm. Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting, September 2017: Update

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.

Two members of the public attended, and Lincolnshire County Councillor Bradwell, was able to offer useful advice and information during the meeting.

At the public forum resident Tessa Tucker expressed her concerns about the increase in HGV traffic through village. Continue reading

Steve Plater slams local roads at village meeting

In response to a question at this year’s Annual Parish Meeting, champion motorcyclist Steve Plater agreed in public that the state of our local roads was a disgrace and potentially a matter of life and death. “Don’t get me started” he said, but encouraged by the positive reaction in the primary school hall, he did just that, criticising Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department’s apparent indifference.

This year’s meeting had got off to a heart-warming start at the Primary School Hall, as a small but excited group of younger children sang songs that many will remember with affection from their own schooldays. Most of the audience joined in, before taking part in a new venture – the village bake-off, scoffing delicious tray bakes and marking them out of ten. The outright winner was Jill Hilton and there was no shortage of scrummy leftovers taken home after the meeting. Continue reading

Broadband, Equinox, signage, HGVs and more besides

planning_wordcloud_150Just some of the subjects discussed at a lively Parish Council meeting last week, attended by Parish Councillors, village residents and both of our District Councillors, Helen Gorst and Craig Leyland.

Top of the bill, some very welcome news, imparted in person by Paul Bimson from BT, regarding the promised upgrading of broadband in the village. The gist of Paul’s presentation was that we should be connected by optical fibre cable to the Woodhall Spa exchange by May or June next year. He explained that this upgrade will mean the installation by Openreach of one or more cabinets in the village, capable of delivering speeds up to18mb. Continue reading

Parish Council meeting: September 8, 2016

The next Meeting of the Council will be held on Thursday September 8th, 2016, in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm. The meeting will offer an opportunity for members of the public to bring items to the Council’s attention. Members of the public may remain after the public forum but they are reminded that they may not speak during council business.

Items scheduled for the meeting include: Continue reading

Parish Council Meeting: July 7, 2016

The next Meeting of the Council will be held on Thursday July 7th, 2016, in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm. The meeting will offer an opportunity for members of the public to bring items to the Council’s attention. Members of the public may remain after the public forum but they are reminded that they may not speak during council business.

Items scheduled for discussion at the meeting include: Continue reading