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 2018: Summary

Image courtesy axiomhaPlease note: This summary has been written from my personal notes, taken at the meeting. The official minutes, taken by the Clerk to the Council, are normally published on the Parish Council Website when approved by Councillors.

Four members of the public came along to this meeting, held in the School Hall last Thursday evening. Two of them raised issues at the public forum held before official business:

1. A resident who lives close to the main street tabled a letter she had received from Lincolnshire County Council Highways Department, containing statistical information regarding the problem of lorries passing through the village. She also pointed out that the impact of lorries passing through the village was caused not only by the numbers calculated by LCC, but also by their weights, which have tended to increase. Points also discussed included the danger to children crossing the main street to access the school field and the danger and damage caused by drivers illegally mounting verges and footways when two lorries needed to pass each other in the village. (See also agenda item below)

2. A resident who lives adjacent to the site of flooding at the intersection of Kirkby Lane and the main street voiced strongly held views regarding the source and nature of the flood water and the alleged failure of Lincolnshire Highways Department to address the problem He also alleged that the problem is caused by nearby construction work in Roughton Road. (See also agenda item below)

In her opening statement Acting Chairman Penny Stones welcomed our new Clerk, Sarah Kulwicki, and explained that Sam Midgley recently stood down as Chairman. She thanked him on behalf of the Council for all his good work in recent years. She also welcomed members of the public, Parish Councillors and ELDC Councillor Craig Leyland.

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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