Heale Farm Planning Decision

Despite objections by the Parish Council, neighbours and others, East Lindsey District Council has granted Anthony Dawson (Builder), 18 High Street, Eagle, Lincoln LN6 9DH full planning permission to carry out works at Heale Farm, Wellsyke Lane, Kirkby on Bain, subject to 10 conditions. The permission is for the erection of two replacement poultry sheds with stacks, 4 biomass rooms and 4 silos on the site of 6 existing poultry sheds which are to be demolished, and regularisation of chimney stacks. (works already started). Continue reading

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Broadband update: Community Fibre Partnerships

Over the last few weeks John Dudley and I have been exploring this relatively new Openreach scheme which applies only to those who live and work in “remote” areas who cannot access the internet by fibre optical cable and who are not on an existing fast broadband rollout. We now appear to be in that category.

Put simply, the idea is that internet users in such areas should raise part of the initial costs of laying a fibre cable to the nearest telephone cabinet themselves. In our case this would mean a share of the costs of laying a cable from the nearest fibre-enabled cabinet at the Woodhall Spa end of Kirkby Lane to our local cabinet opposite the Ebrington Arms, plus the necessary electronic equipment to handle the data.

Frankly, we are sceptical. We have studied the details and asked ourselves some basic questions: Continue reading

Parish Council Meeting, November 2017: Update

A scheduled meeting of the Council was held on November 2nd in the Primary School Hall, Wharf Lane, Kirkby on Bain, starting at 7.00 pm.

Three members of the public attended, along with Lincolnshire County Councillor Bradwell and ELDC Councillor Craig Leyland, both of whom offered useful advice and information during the meeting.

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Mustard gas public meeting – “standing room only”

Thanks to Councillor William Gray for this report on yesterday’s mustard gas incident public meeting at the Petwood Hotel, where by all accounts it was standing room only:

“There was a thorough briefing on ‘Police Operation Saddleback’. 22 agencies have been involved. 14 ammunition boxes of have been recovered from Kirkby Woods. 13 boxes contained mustard gas bombs. These are now being destroyed safely away from the site.

10 gas canisters have been recovered from a lake in Stixwould. They had not leaked and therefore the lake has not been contaminated. 3 people have been arrested and are on bail.

A small area of land in the woods has been contaminated and decontamination will now take place.  East Lindsey District Council will oversee this operation with the assistance of professionals. Kirkby Lane will remain closed at present and the site will be fenced to prevent access. Continue reading

Ride and Stride 2017: update

This year’s event in support of Lincolnshire’s finest buildings raised £530. This sum is divided equally between St Mary’s Kirkby on Bain and the Lincolnshire Churches Trust.

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Kirkby on Bain phone box book exchange in the news

I recently posted a reply to a tweet by Visit Lincolnshire extolling the virtues of a phone box book exchange in another village, just pointing out that we had one too. Lo-and-behold we now have a page of our own on their website. Here’s the blurb:

“The iconic red phone box has seen a resurgence and never more so than in the village of Kirkby on Bain. Lovingly refurbished by a hard-working community, it has been converted into a free book exchange. Drop off those titles cluttering up the bookshelf at home and uncover new ones you might have missed. Recycled colour-washed pallet wood was used for the shelves and information board. A local book group stocked the shelves. A couple of large logs from the churchyard are outside as bus stop style seats.”

And here’s the link        Thanks Visit Lincolnshire! Continue reading