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

Local Road Closures

The Parish Council has been notified by Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department of the following closures, apparently for resurfacing work, affecting Kirkby on Bain residents and visitors:



LOCATION:  Kirkby Lane, Kirkby on Bain / Woodhall Spa (Between Roughton Road and B1191)

PERIOD OF CLOSURE:  26/06/2017 to 07/07/2017 (5 days in this period) ALTERNATIVE ROUTE:  B1191, B1192, Pauls Lane and Kirkby Lane / Tattershall Road

LOCATION:  Main Road (Rimes Lane to Moor Lane), Roughton

PERIOD OF CLOSURE:  12/06/2017 to 27/06/2017
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Roughton Road, Kirkby Lane, B1192 Horncastle Road, Main Road and Vice Versa Continue reading

Take care on the footpath to Tattershall Thorpe!

From Martin Briscombe:

Recently the first part of footpath 172, which leads from Kirkby Lane through to Tattershall Thorpe, has been fenced in with stock netting topped with two strands of barbed wire.

Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department were asked if it was safe for pedestrians to use, and Jonathan Stockdale replied that whereas the path didn’t quite meet the statutory guidelines, it was still able to be used. Here’s a copy his reply: 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

Call Connect update

Picture courtesy CallConnectNews for CallConnect online account holders:

Dear CallConnect Customer,

We are pleased to announce that we have refreshed our online booking portal and with a change of look we also have a change of web address. With immediate effect please use the web address below to book your CallConnect journeys:

The existing OpenDRT Booking portal will remain live for the next few days however you`ll no longer be able to use this after the end of this week. Continue reading

CallConnect: No more scheduled services for the village

As of yesterday, residents of Kirkby on Bain won’t be seeing a bus like this in the village so often. I am not surprised that regular bus users are unhappy with the “changes” to CallConnect scheduled services between Kirkby on Bain and Horncastle. Having checked this morning, it seems clear that for “changes”, read “cuts”.

The current situation is that, since yesterday, scheduled services on this service no longer exist, so if you do need the bus you have to book ahead to arrange a pick-up time and place. You can do this by phone: 0345 234 3344, or online here, or on your smartphone here.

So why has this reduction in services come about? Continue reading

Street lighting to be “transformed”

From Lincolnshire County Council:

As you may be aware, through the recent LCC budget process, we can no longer afford to continue to operate our street lights in the way that we do. It currently costs the county council around £5m per year to operate and maintain the county council’s street lights, with almost £3m of this spent on electricity.

We are therefore transforming the way we provide street lighting in Lincolnshire to save over £1.7m per year, reduce LCC’s carbon footprint by over 6,000 tonnes of CO2 and reduce light pollution. The project will start to deliver changes from April 2016 and is due to deliver the full benefits by the end of March 2017. Continue reading