Sunday, 10 June 2018

RECALLING A NIGHT OF DEVASTATION IN GRIMSBY AND CLEETHORPES

WERE the rumblings of Saturday night's mini-earthquake in North East Lincolnshire, a reminder from Nature of an important 75th anniversary that falls on Thursday  of this week?

The town had mostly been unscathed by World War Two enemy aircraft raids until between 1am and 1.30am on June 14,1943, when numerous bombs of various types were dropped across Grimsby and  Cleethorpes.

According to the records, worst affected areas included the business area of the Fish Docks and residential areas of Freeman Street, Victoria Street, and Cleethorpe Road. 

Some  99 people died and 184 were seriously injured during this attack.

However, news of the raid was censored to prevent the 
Luftwaffe knowing the extent  of death and destruction that had been caused by their high explosive, incendiary and butterfly bombs.

It is not known if this night of tragedy will be commemorated at any church or civic event in the borough.

See also:
http://grimsbynews.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-terrible-night-for-grimsby-and.html

Sunday, 3 June 2018

TOLLBAR ROUNDABOUT RUMPUS RUMBLES ON

THE row  over North East Lincolnshire Council's plan to replace the roundabout at Waltham Tollbar with traffic lights continues to blaze.

For part of today. residents were at the scene, displaying placards expressing opposition to the proposal.

Many passing motorists sounded their horns to show their support.

Rewind to November 2016 when the report below appeared in the Cleethorpes Chronicle newspaper. 

CONTROVERSIAL  plans to replace existing roundabouts with traffic lights at three pinch points in North East Lincolnshire  now look unlikely to go ahead.


 After securing  funding  of  £4.2-million from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the council's private sector partner, Engie, had intended to carry  out such works  at:
·        Tollbar
·        Nuns Corner, Grimsby
·        Littlecoates Road/Cambridge Road, Grimsby

But at a meeting of NELC's regeneration, environment, housing and scrutiny panel, members had little faith that  traffic lights would improve existing snarl-ups.

 Chairman Cllr Philip Jackson (Con, Waltham) said: "The perception is that lights will worsen congestion rather than easing it." 

Cllr Andrew De Freitas (Lib-Dem, Park) additionally noted that Nuns Corner was within a conservation area, the appeal of which would be undermined by the installation of lights. 

He continued: "Not one resident I have spoken to favours the replacement of the roundabout with lights." 

Cllr Stan Shreeve (Con, Humberston & New Waltham) said he had ecountered similar antipathy to the Tollbar scheme from residents and parish councillors alike. 

Cllr Kathryn Wheatley (Lab, Croft Baker) was scornful of all three proposals - not least because they focused solely on zones 50 yards from where the lights were earmarked for installation. 

"It is just as important to consider the impact such works would have on junctions further away." she commented. 

The panel's opposition  was a blow to Engie representatives at Tuesday's meeting, especially transport officer Mark Gibbons who is familiar with the traffic problems because, as he pointed out, lives in Park ward and is a former pupil of Tollbar School

In his detailed and thorough presentation, for which he was praised by panel members, he stressed  that it was necessary to consider the interests not just of motorists but also of cyclists and of pedestrians seeking to cross the roads. 

He noted that it was also important to bear in mind that traffic would only increase in the wake of forthcoming housebuilding projects at Scartho Top and in New Waltham and Holton-le-Clay - hence the need for action. 

The officer expressed particular concern about the peak-hour situation at Tollbar where there is highway conflict between school pupils and other road-users on a daily basis in term time. 

Agreement came from Cllr James Cairns (Ukip, Yarborough) who called for more rigorous enforcement in no-stopping areas in this location, saying: "Some parents are very very selfish." 

The meeting heard that the installation of a footbridge or pedestrian underpass had been considered for Tollbar, but had been deemed too expensive to warrant further exploration. 

Subject to further consultations between Engie and  ward councillors, some modifications are likely to take place at all three locations, with the mini-roundabout at the junction of Littlecoates Road and  Cambridge Road likely to be enlarged if adjacent land can be acquired. 

It is possible that, in conjunction with retaining the roundabout, lights may still be installed at Tollbar but for operation during peak times only. 

The subject is due to be revisited in the New Year by the council's cabinet who will also be invited to consider at least one residents' petition opposing the installation of traffic lights. Any works carried out are unlikely to cost anywhere near £4.2-million, and any unspent monies may have to be returned to Greater Lincolnshire LEP and thus lost to North East Lincolnshire.

 

Traffic lights not wanted here!

Rallying to the opposition cause!




Saturday, 5 May 2018

LABOUR REMAIN PARTY WITH MOST COUNCIL SEATS - BUT CONSERVATIVES MAY YET TAKE CONTROL IF LIBERAL-DEMOCRATS PLAY BALL

NORTH East Lincolnshire Council remains under No Overall Control following Polling Day on Thursday.

As the largest party (19 seats), Labour will remain in charge unless the Liberal-Democrats (four seats) decide to throw in their lot with the Conservatives (18 seats).

The latter could happen, but the Lib-Dems would demand concessions, probably including a minimum of  one seat in the cabinet.

The closest result was at Immingham where there were three recounts. David Bolton (Lab)  pipped Karen Swinburn (Con) by just three votes, otherwise the Conservatives would have been the largest party.
 

A high-profile casualty of the night was last year's borough mayor, Cllr Christina McGilligan-Fell, who was unable to retain her Park ward seat for the Liberal-Democrats - unsurprising considering that the two larger parties threw huge resources into winning the seat.

Indeed, the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, even campaigned in the seat prior to Polling Day.

There was delight for schoolboy Oliver Freeston (18) who forfeited time which might have been spent revising for his A-level exams to concentrate - successfully as it turned out - on winning the vacancy in Croft Baker ward for the Conservatives at the expense of Labour.

However, there was dismay for Matty Brown, formerly Labour councillor  in his home patch, Croft Baker. Against his will, he was told by his party that he would have to fight the Yarborough ward instead.

Then, in the run-up to Polling Day, he was suspended by Labour - reportedly after having held discussions with the Conservatives about switching political allegiance.

He thus fought - and lost - the campaign as an Independent.


As a result of the local election, the political composition of North East Lincolnshire Council is as follows:
Party
Number of Seats
Labour
19
Conservative
18
Liberal Democrats
4
Independent
1


Election turnout: 29.73%

Croft Baker (turnout:  32.97%)

Candidate
Party
No. of Votes Polled
James William Barker
Green
143
Clive Colam
UKIP
163
Carole Anne Doherty
Labour
1184
Oliver Daniel William Freeston
Conservative
1340

East Marsh (turnout:  24.33%)

Candidate
Party
No. of Votes Polled
Stephen Beasant
Liberal Democrat
1117
Ronal Raymond Bull
Independent
50
James Adam Chaudry
Conservative
67
Mark Patrick Gee
Labour
331
Catherine Susan Harper
Green
15
Phillip Andrew Moulson
UKIP
59

Freshney (turnout:  27.15%)

Candidate
Party
No. of Votes Polled
Stefan Leon Allan
Labour
793
Barry Charles Fisher
UKIP
180
Andrew Lingwood
Green
83
Val Pow
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
17
Callum Terence Procter
Conservative
878

Haverstoe (turnout:  38.16%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Margaret Cracknell
Conservative
2211
Jack Stuart Mariner Rodwell
Labour
694
Steven Michael Anthony Roper
Green
203

Heneage (turnout:  25.97%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Chris Nichols
Labour
996
Val O’Flynn
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
46
Mark Smith
Conservative
681
John Matthew Stockton
UKIP
322

Humberston and New Waltham (turnout:  35.72%)

Candidate
Party
No. of Votes Polled
Stephen William Harness
Conservative
2557
Sean Lawrence Willis
Labour
595

Immingham (turnout:  30.32%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
David Bolton
Labour
1005 (Elected for one year)
Charlotte Louise Emmerson
Green
227
Marian Jervis
Labour
737
Karen Doris Swinburn
Conservative
1002
Stewart Swinburn
Conservative
1227 (Elected for four years)
Willie Weir
Independent
654

Park (turnout:  33.26%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Julian Darren Best
Trade Union and Socialist Coalition
33
Tony Blake
UKIP
146
Christina Ann McGilligan-Fell
Liberal Democrat
788
Sheldon James Mill
Labour
814
Paul Silvester
Conservative
1012
Jacqueline Vessey
Green
108

Scartho (turnout:  34.79%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Peter Kenneth Bailey
Labour
839
Beckey Jane Brumpton
UKIP
175
David Michael De Freitas
Liberal Democrat
362
Lia Nici
Conservative
1674

South Ward (turnout:  21.94%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Paul David Batson
Conservative
409
Jane Elizabeth Bramley
UKIP
318
Loyd Layton Emmerson
Green
107
Deborah Elsie Florence May Hill
Independent
239
Tim Mickleburgh
Labour
706

Sidney Sussex (turnout:  24.75%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Tanya Brasted
UKIP
205
Andy Dickson
Green
87
Steve Holland
Conservative
666
Debbie Rodwell
Labour
1062

Waltham (turnout:  37.84%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Nick Pettigrew
Conservative
1766
Karl Andrew Quibell
Labour
354

West Marsh (turnout:  20.99%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Anna-Karina Gregersen
UKIP
122
Dave Mitchell
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
21
Gemma Louise Sheridan
Labour
510
David George Townend
Conservative
165
Keith Watkin
Independent
210

Wolds (turnout:  31.56%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
David Anthony Hasthorpe
Conservative
1401
Ian Stuart Rodwell
Labour
465

Yarborough (turnout:  23.35%)

Candidate
Party
No. of votes polled
Kieran Ian Barlow
Trade Union and Socialist Coalition
168
Liudmila Berezina
UKIP
207
Matthew Jason Brown
Labour
690
James David Cairns
Conservative
956


Friday, 30 March 2018

DOUBTS OVER PROPOSED NEW WETLAND RESERVE ON OUTSKIRTS OF GRIMSBY

Shoveler - a species that might be attracted to
  the proposed reserve
 

THERE has been a setback to ambitious plans for a dedicated Special Protection Area to be created for wader and wildfowl  on the outskirts of Grimsby.

National Grid has submitted  a holding objection to the Cress Marsh project because the proposed wetland is crossed by  both an underground  high-pressure gas pipeline and a high-voltage transmission overhead line.

This has created a potential hazard, particularly during all-important preliminary earthworks to  the application site which is adjacent to  Poplar Farm off South Marsh Road in Stallingborough.

The scheme has also been jeopardised by concerns expressed by neighbours that their property or land might be adversely affected by flooding  or drainage issues.
One of the objectors is the agent for  Sir Richard Sutton Ltd, a company whose substantial interests are understood to include not just adjacent  land but also part of the  site proposed for the reserve (which would also accommodate a hide for birds to be watched and recorded).

These glitches are not insurmountable, but they are likely both to delay the project and to add to its cost.


On the plus side, there has been no objection from Humberside Airport which is located at Kirmington.

The site falls just within its 13km airport “bird zone", and its aerodrome safeguarding officer  has requested to be consulted on wildlife-monitoring processes to reduce the  birdstrike risk.

The applicants, North East Lincolnshire Council, are particularly anxious that the wetland scheme should progress because it represents the  wildlife mitigation required for proposed development of the wider area for industry.

More discussions will be held between NELC planners and objectors.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

WAIT CONTINUES FOR UNVEILING OF PRECIOUS CLEETHORPES LANDMARK

                                                    
Today's picture - scaffolding and netting surrounds the clock tower

THE clock tower at Cleethorpes Railway Station still has not been unveiled  following its recent renovation.
 
As of last year, it  had been hoped that refurbishment and reinstatement of the historic structure might be possible on site, but experts  decided that the extent of rot in the woodwork meant it required a more radical approach.

Planners therefore granted Network Rail listed building consent for its temporary removal. 


There was speculation that the work had been completed and that the clock tower would be on view, restored to its glory of yesteryear, in time for the Easter weekend.

But as of today, Good Friday,  that was not  the case.

While the wait continues. the refurbishment  initiative for such an important landmark has been welcomed by the Civic Society and by Historic England.      
 
The  much-loved landmark shortly before its removal

The Grade II listed clock tower has historic as well as architectural interest because it dates back to 1884 when, along with the adjacent refreshment rooms, it was created  by  Lockerbie  and  Wilkinson,  of  Birmingham, for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company.

Says Historic England: "The magnificent and ornate clock tower, which rises to four stages, forms an intrinsic part of the building’s significance and is a landmark within Cleethorpes and the conservation area.

"It signifies the importance of the railway to Cleethorpes as a predominantly Victorian seaside resort which expanded after 1863 when the railway arrived at  the station which was built right by the beach.

"The clock tower was  found to be in very poor condition, and we understand that it was partly removed for reasons of public safety.

"Substantial areas of rotted wood timber, including structural timbers, needed to be replaced."

Accoya wood has been chosen for the refurbishment  due to its structural integrity, durability and  lifespan.

Once painted, the choice of wood will have no impact upon the appearance of the clock tower but will increase its longevity

The project has also included reinstatement of features which have gone missing over the passage of time.
                                        
Above and below; As yet, the mission is still unaccomplished