WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR BRIGG IN 2017
Journalist Nigel Fisher, a member of the Brigg Town Business Partnership and resident of the town, has set out his New Year aspirations for the town in a post on his Brigg Blog…
Having seen in the New Year, all townsfolk will be keen for Brigg to enjoy a prosperous 2017.
A main talking point is whether Aldi will get its now-approved new store on Bridge Street up and running during the year.
Above is a “visual” provided by Aldi to show how the store will look, with the A18 on the right.
February will see the long-awaited official opening of the refurbished Recreation Ground with its new all-weather, floodlit facilities, following which Brigg Hockey Club’s men’s and ladies’ teams will be able to make very good use of a very welcome provision by North Lincolnshire Council.
The first games have now been played on the new “Blue Astro” surface.
Brigg Blog is also confident that the traditional grassed area where cricket is played – the square and outfield – can be enhanced over the coming months so we can see Brigg Town Cricket Club back playing there, rather than at Brocklesby or Hibaldstow.
In a new development, we shall soon be seeing verges and other open spaces in the town turning purple, thousands of crocus bulbs having been planted as part of a campaign to rid the world of polio, the dreaded disease.
Much interest in 2017 will centre on plans to build additional housing on an area of land near Brigg railway station. A decision on the planning application is pending. If approval is given, which we forecast will be the case, a timescale needs to be revealed for the start and completion of the work. For Brigg Horse Fair is coming up in August and has occupied this location for a good many years.
Will the 2017 fair be able to go ahead on Station Road?
Brigg Town Business Partnership and the Tourist Information Centre at the Buttercross will continue to work hard to promote our town as a destination for people to shop, eat and drink throughout 2017.
Brigg has a very low percentage of empty shops, and we trust this will continue to be the case over the next 12 months.
A new kebab fast food outlet, on the corner of Bigby Street and Princes Street, will be opening soon.
It would be really good to see redevelopment of all/part of the old cycle factory site and the former Corah’s stocking factory – both off Bridge Street – with new jobs resulting.
Similarly, the former Sugar Factory sportsground and clubhouse – just over the border in Scawby Brook – has stood idle far too long. Can a new use be found for this sizeable site?
On the sporting front, we hope to see Brigg Town Football Club climbing back up the pyramid after a few disappointing seasons of late, although the current campaign has brought better results.
Whether the refurbished Rec – next to the Hawthorns ground – kickstarts the formation of more Brigg sports teams remains to be seen. We very much hope it does. There are facilities for hockey, football, netball, tennis and perhaps other sports.
Regular followers of Brigg Blog will not be surprised that we put tackling drivers who take their vehicles into the pedestrianised town centre on our wish list for action by the authorities during 2017.
We have given many, many examples of shoppers having to step aside to make way for approaching cars and vans whose drivers have no valid reason to be in the pedestrian zone, having ignored ‘no entry’ signs.
A crackdown by the authorities is long overdue. We say ‘authorities’ because it appears to be a matter for North Lincolnshire Council wardens if the vehicles are parked but something for the police to address if the vehicles are moving. Let’s not forget that CCTV cameras offer extensive coverage of the town centre. So why not use footage to take errant drivers to task?
North LIncolnshire Council has worked long and hard in an effort to promote Brigg’s general market, held each Thursday and Saturday, but more stalls are definitely needed. This is somewhat strange as the monthly farmers’ market always sees a sizeable turnout of stall-holders.
Greater use of the River Ancholme is something many people want to see in Brigg.
Glanford Boat Club and Ancholme Rowing Club do a good deal, and the town continues to attract many anglers from near and far. However, on our wish list for 2017 is the establishment of regular boat trips round the island, to be enjoyed by locals and particularly visitors. Boat rides would prove quite a draw, we suggest. But is anyone willing to launch such a service as a commercial enterprise?
During 2017 work will continue on a marina off Mill Lane, with cabins – best viewed from Cadney Road, looking across the river. This venture has been granted planning permission to offer all-year-round holiday accommodation, which is a very welcome development for Brigg.
Brigg’s Neighbourhood Plan – the blueprint for future development – will continue to be put together in the coming months.
One aspect of the recent Neighbourhood Plan consultation in the Buttercross surprised us: Only a handful of people supported the idea of identifying a site for a major fast food restaurant in Brigg. However, there’s nothing to stop one of the fast food giants finding its own site and putting in a planning application.
Brigg Town Council continues to do much good work for the town, including providing the Christmas lights, managing the allotments and organising the Remembrance Sunday parade and wreath-laying. However, very few members of the public choose to attend the council’s monthly meetings in the Angel Suite, where townsfolk are free to raise issues of interest or concern during Public Question Time. We hope to see more faces in the public gallery at meetings during 2017.
North Lincolnshire Council also supports Brigg well in many ways, the Brigg & Wolds Ward representatives being Couns Rob Waltham, Carl Sherwood and Nigel Sherwood. All three are also members of Brigg Town Council.
Last, but by no means least, we hope all Brigg’s fine hostelries will continue to trade throughout 2017.
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