A memorable year in many ways. That was the sentiment expressed by Town Mayor of Brigg John Kitwood as he looked back on the past 12 months at the Annual Town Meeting in Brigg when he presented his report.
However, two issues remain to be addressed that had caused concern to the town’s residents.
These are the impact of heavy freight rail traffic through a residential area and the future use of the old Lidl store on the riverside.
The council had set in motion a project working with Sir John Nelthorpe School to research the impact of the First World War on the town and particularly soldiers killed in the conflict.
“The council had met with the school and heritage funding had been obtained to mark the anniversary of the start of the war,” said Coun Kitwood.
Looking ahead, the occasion will be marked by a special service in St John’s Church on the eve of the 100th anniversary of war breaking out.
“There will also be an exhibition in the Heritage Centre and a Festival of Remembrance Concert,” he added.
Other important events in the past 12 months had been obtaining a clean-up contract for the river, plans to reorganise the Thursday market, an employment fair that had attracted 1,000 people, the creation of a riverside garden and the move for the town council to manage the Millennium Green.
Coun Kitwood also thanked Brigg Lions for once again running the Christmas Fair.
Looking to the future, a Neighbourhood Plan is being produced as a blueprint for future development in Brigg.