Parish field in the frame for BMX cycle track site

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE – Make-up for black and white television will be the topic for the next meeting of the WI in the village hall on Thursday, February 9 at 7.30pm, when Sue Soper will be the speaker.

Members are invited to take along a black and white photograph of themselves for the competition and nominations will be needed for the committee for the coming year in preparation for the annual meeting in March.

PARISH COUNCIL – Five members of the public and two young people joined the six councillors who attended the recent meeting of East and West Barkwith Parish Council, and during the public session they asked if any progress had been made into providing the BMX track they had asked for in November. They were informed approaches were being made to local landowners to see if a site could be purchased and the use of the parish field was again queried as it is readily available and would only require permission for change of use and possibly planning permission for the track if it was necessary.

Village sub-postmaster and parish councillor David Ward asked if the council would write a letter in support of rural post offices to encourage more business as there is a risk the service they provide is to be downgraded. He left the room while the decision was made to write and stress the need for the essential services to continue in rural communities.

East Lindsey District Council wrote asking for volunteers to act as Dog Watch Co-ordinators to be responsible for a chosen area, reporting on any concerns from the public regarding dogs who are a nuisance. Application forms are available by contacting East Lindsey District Council Dog Wardens.

St Mary’s Church committee had not needed the donation made for grass cutting this year and the secretary had written to the council thanking them for the money and explained it had been used to purchase tools and equipment for the volunteers to use who were doing the work.

Coun Wilson informed the parish council he had set up a committee to manage the planned improvements to the village hall so VAT could be reclaimed on the cost and applications were to be made for grant aid to help.

An agreement had yet to be reached regarding the boundary treatment for the sub-station which is necessary to allow the power supply to be undergrounded.

Improvements had been made to the highway at the Torrington Lane/Lincoln Road junction recently, but potholes on the layby outside the village post office had yet to be attended to and the clerk was instructed to write and ask for urgent repairs to be undertaken.