Council to focus on BMX track rather than best kept crown

HALL FUNDS – The next prize bingo session in aid of village hall funds will be held in the hall on Tuesday, April 24, eyes down at 7.30pm.

GARDENERS VISITS – There is to be a change of venue for the next meeting of the Barkwith and District Gardeners Association as members and visitors are asked to meet at Rand instead of the usual village hall on Friday, April 27.

Hospitality is being provided by Thorne’s Beehives and everyone is to meet there at 7pm for a tour of the firm’s new premises, following their relocation from Silver Street, Wragby earlier in the year.

This is the last on the winter programme of indoor meetings for the season and a full programme of summer outings has been arranged to popular places of interest by organiser Les Robinson.

The next is to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on Thursday, April 26, followed by a tour of the churches taking part in the Flower Festival in the Sutterton and Long Sutton area on Friday, May 4.

To book and for more details contact Les on 01673 857063.

PARISH COUNCIL – East Barkwith will not be entered in the Best Kept Village Competition in what is its 50th Anniversary, the East and West Barkwith Parish Council decided at the recent meeting held in the Village Hall.

Coun Andy Sayers presided and the council was informed that negotiations with landowners were continuing into possible sites for a BMX Track.

Investigations by County Highways on the construction of a cycle track between East Barkwith and Wragby was still ongoing too the council heard.

Community Lincs wrote giving information on its community oil buying scheme and consultants working on behalf of East Lindsey District Council asked for information on any travellers’ sites in the area over the last ten years.

East Lindsey’s Planning Department informed the council of its intention to end the supply of paper copies of planning applications for parishes and in future they would be forwarded electronically and observations would need to be sent electronically too.

The St Mary’s Church Committee wrote asking for a contribution to the cost of maintaining the churchyard and it was agreed this should be £500 as last year, when it was increased from £200.

The Jubilee Committee asked for the estimated cost of the street party which was being organised and it was agreed £1,500 should be allocated.

Parish councils now have to be registered with HMRC as employers and the clerk informed the council she had done this and the first payment of income tax was due.

A planning application for an extension to Piper’s Hill in Louth Road was considered and the council agreed to support it.