East Barkwith

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SERVICES – Christmas services in the parish of the Barkwith Group continue tomorrow (Thursday, December 22) with a crib service at St Mary’s Church, at 4pm. On Christmas Eve there will be midnight communion, starting at 11.30pm at St Mary’s Church.

The Christmas Day service is to be held at All Saints Church, Six Hills, at 10am. Please note the usual midweek service of holy communion will not be held at St Mary’s Church, East Barkwith on Thursday, December 29, due to the holiday break.

COUNCIL – 17 members of the public, seven adults and ten young people joined councillors at the recent meeting of East and West Barkwith Parish Council, and during the public session one of the parents, Andrea Clark-Emmerson, presented a petition on behalf of the youngsters in a bid to get a BMX track.

There are no facilities for them in the village and they need somewhere to ride their bikes away from the danger of the road where many vehicles do not observe the speed restrictions in place.

Various areas of land were suggested, but as they require the landowner to sell or provide a long-term lease for change of use and grants to be applied for could take some time.

Alice Hodgson suggested using the field that belongs to the parish, which used to be let and provide income and is no longer used, but the chairman, Coun Andy Sayers, considered the access too dangerous as it comes out on to the Louth Road.

It was pointed out that it is now served by a footway to the gate and parents offered their help with building the track once permission had been obtained for land to be used.

The councillors considered the request once the parish council meeting formally opened, but no decision to investigate was made as it had not been included on the agenda.

Coun Wilson asked the council if they would be willing to take over the proposed improvement project on behalf of the village hall committee so the VAT could be reclaimed and suggested forming a committee of councillors and members of the hall committee to undertake it.

The countryside officer had agreed to provide a sign for the public footpath leading to the church, but surfacing it would not be possible.

The planning application for triple garages at The Lodge, West Barkwith, had been granted permission, but the application for a house and garage on the site of a house which was to be demolished on Benniworth Road had been withdrawn it was noted.

The National Association of Local Councils had supplied copies of a booklet How to Respond to Planning Applications funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government as part of the Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning project, which was available for councillors to read.

The issue of a street party, which had been drawn up by a councillor and presented at the parish meeting in May, was raised again as there did not appear to be any enthusiasm and no-one has yet been persuaded to organise it.

As a last attempt to generate interest the council arranged to hold a meeting on a Saturday morning when they thought more people, such as those with families, would be able to attend and offer to support the plan.

Bills for payment were presented and approved including £800 for the verge cutting during the season and £60 for cutting the village hall surround, village green and the play area.