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 →
Yesterday the Kirkby on Bain Parish Council received the following message from Jonathan Challen, Public Protection Service Manager, East Lindsey District Council:
“Following on from this morning’s teleconference with colleagues from the MOD, I can advise that the postponed works (originally planned for March) are now due to commence on Monday 16th. As per the previous operation the remit will be to remove the spent ordinance from the 2 pits that were discovered during the sampling / testing that was carried out in November 2017. Continue reading →
Following the announcement that the revised start date for Phase 2 of mustard gas clearance works by the Ministry of Defence was to be 16 April, notices have recently appeared at the Woodhall Spa end of Kirkby Lane, though not at the Kirkby on Bain end. Thanks LCC Highways! The signs indicate that the road will be closed from April 15 at 6pm until April 25 at 6pm.
We have been advised that the revised start date for the Phase 2 works on site by the Ministry of Defence will be 16 April 2018 for (up to) a two week period. These works will be accompanied by a road closure on Kirkby Lane. As always, this revised start date is wholly dependent upon there being no other calls on the MoD’s resources at that time. Previous update | ELDC Incident Update page
Colleagues from the Ministry of Defence have arranged to complete the final phase of clean up works on site. This work involves identifying and removing debris from the site in the location where the Mustard Gas was discovered.
For the works to be completed a road closure on Kirkby Lane in Woodhall Spa will be necessary and this is expected be in place from 11 March 21:00 to 23 March 21:00, though this may end earlier if the works are concluded ahead of schedule. Whilst all traces of Mustard Gas have now been removed from the site, MOD operatives on site will be using full chemical weapon protective equipment as a precautionary measure. Continue reading →
Every time I drive down Kirkby Lane to or from Woodhall Spa I wonder what is going on in the aftermath of the discovery four months ago of mustard gas canisters in nearby woodland. The security hut is still there, and the area is still cordoned off. Fortunately East Lindsey District Council is still keeping us in the loop. Here’s the latest:
Update January 16, 2018
“We have now received the results from the water and soil sampling undertaken by the MOD’s Scientific Testing Laboratories (DSTL). Over 200 samples were taken and all have come back clear of mustard gas and other chemical weapon contaminants. Some works on the site, such as filling in the trenches and removing equipment, still need to be undertaken before the site can be returned to the owners. Until these works are complete fencing and a security patrol will remain on site. We will update the community further in due course. Continue reading →