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:

https://callconnect.opendrt.co.uk/OpenDRT/Account/LogOn

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

CallConnect Bus Service Changes

Picture courtesy CallConnectFrom the CallConnect March update, it seems like good news, bad news for local bus passengers:

“Lincolnshire County Council announced in February that funding for local bus services is to remain the same for at least the next two years. This is good news, however the cost to run bus services continues to increase and following the decision by `Essential Fleet Services` to withdraw from providing passenger transport services including CallConnect, we have had to review a number of our services in the Louth, Horncastle and Sleaford areas. Some services will therefore be changing on 4th April. For more information please go to: http://www.lincsinterconnect.com/news/ and http://www.lincsinterconnect.com/timetables/TimetableRevisions.pdf

You may find it easier to phone the Interconnect Team on
0345 234 33 44 (or 01522 553143)!

Potholes on Kirkby Lane!

Picture courtesy the ExpressTessa Tucker has been in touch to say she is fed up with the poor state of Kirkby Lane between the village and Wellsyke Lane. She has reported the pothole problem to Lincolnshire Highways, and noticed that at least one other complaint has been made on the LCC website. She also comments: “I think that the more people that subscribe to it the more likely that something will actually be done.”

Lets’s hope so. If you would like to have your say too, here’s the link: http://highways.lincolnshire.gov.uk/highways/ You might also like to have a look at Potholes.co.uk. Thanks Tessa.

Street Works Permit Scheme

Picture credit: Peter DewranceThe Parish Council has received the following notification from Lincolnshire County Council:

Re: New Consultation – The Lincolnshire Permit Scheme (LiPS)

I am writing to inform you of a new scheme Lincolnshire County Council will be introducing to assist with the management of street and road work activities on the public highway in Lincolnshire. Continue reading