Council cash dished out to help community events

Brigg news EMN-140810-083954001

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Brigg Town Councillors have released £3,500 to Lincsquad, organisers of the World Quadrathlon Championship in June, in the form of a grant to help the highly successful event break even.

Councillors also agreed to underwrite the costs of a World War I Centenary Concert and of the public address arrangements for the event over Remembrance Weekend in November.

Councillors however declined to allow the ‘Green Party’ to have a room free of charge to hold a public consultation and display on ‘fracking’ initiatives locally.

Councillors reiterated it would not grant free facilities for any ‘political’ forum and meetings.

Coun Rob Waltham said: “As a Town Council we do not arrange political activity in this way. This is a strong message to send to residents.”

Plans to redevelop Brigg Recreation Ground are moving on, according to Brigg Town and North Lincolnshire Councillor Carl Sherwood.

He said the cricket square had been relaid and should be in use by 2016, allowing Brigg Town Cricket Club to return from their temporary home in Brocklesby Park.

The proposals for revitalising the 1960s style sports ground are now progressing through North Lincolnshire Council and development proposals will be put to the full council in the autumn.

In the 1970s and 80s, the ‘rec’ as it is locally known, was a hive of activity on Saturday afternoons with three hockey teams and as many as three football teams out.

Brigg Hockey Club has long been forced to play fixtures in Scunthorpe or at Winterton, while Brigg Amateurs FC folded a number of years ago; the tennis courts, hard and grass, have also fallen out of use.

An Astroturf pitch for hockey is part of the redevelopment plus new changing rooms for the whole complex.