Riverside enhanced but station plan goes off the rails

Brigg's flowers look just like the real thing EMN-140424-143144001
Brigg's flowers look just like the real thing EMN-140424-143144001

In a bid to boost tourism, Brigg Town Council has launched a number of improvements in the town centre.

The council has put in place hanging baskets, though with artificial rather than real flowers, on the riverside between the County Bridge and the Ancholme Way Bridge.

They will be hired for a 15 week period over high summer at a cost of £409.50, plus a one off cost of £140 for the 14 brackets required.

The brackets will be taken into storage in the autumn and retained for use next year.

There were, however, some misgivings expressed to the Market Rasen Mail about the use of artificial rather than real flowers for the display.

Coun Penny Smith said: ”The problem is that practically we are not able to water the riverside flowers due to the difficulty of access; a bowser cannot get down the bank side.”

Hopes for improvements at the station though by adopting a similar scheme have been dashed.

The town council wanted to fund the cost of artificial floral displays in hanging baskets there, but permission has been refused by Network Rail.

Coun Rob Waltham said: “I have to admnit that I would hope to see proper flowers in baskets next year.

“Artificial flowers are an interim measure, but I am disappointed that Network Rail have so far blocked this attempt to improve the station.”

Another improvement going ahead will be the provision of a new notice board to be sited in the vicinity of the junction of Station Road and Albert Street to give greater publicity to rail timetables and other relevant information.