Saturday, 27 August 2016

Wellhead Lane - development

16/0101/FUL  |  Erection of 4 detached houses with detached double garages

You may be interested in how this site is progressing. The water course re-alignment has now been completed to avoid erosion of the banking on the north side. The maintenance of the beck will be covered by the use of a covenant.

Re-alignment of the water course

The area of breezeblock on the front elevation of Plot 1 will be hidden by a slate roof extending the width of the building over the two bay windows.

Plot 1 now with roof timbers erected; Plot 2 almost at first floor level 

The planning permission has certain conditions, one of which is that prior to the commencement of construction of any building(s) or commencement of the use, the vehicular access to the development must be in accordance with the Proposed Site Plan. This has required a new concrete culvert that will allow access over the beck to what will be a gated private road to the development. This is located at the south west corner of the site.

Culvert - and main access to the development

A new footpath has still to be incorporated along the road frontage to link up with the existing footpath near the bungalows. New tree planting will enhance the area too.

No dwellings can be occupied until the private driveway and new footpath have been completed.

Hodgson Close

As can be seen from the Public Notice, the proposed name for the private drive is 'Hodgson Close'.

Naming of street

You might be interested in some of the history behind this name.

George Hodgson was a wealthy industrialist from Bradford in Yorkshire, who took up residence of Nocton Hall in late 1889. He was a very good friend of Lord Ripon, the well-respected owner of what was then deemed the finest agricultural estate in England.

Lord Ripon gave no explanation as to why he had decided to part with his family home, other than he felt the financial strain of maintaining the estate was now beyond his resources. However, he was clearly determined that the state of perfection which prevailed in the park and family areas should continue... and was confident his legacy for the Estate would continue through the Hodgson family.

History well documents how the Ripon family had contributed much to shape Nocton, so much so that a feeling of real security existed in their relationship with the villagers. To lose an individual who had served them all with so much consideration, was an unexpected blow to the community. Coming as he did a complete stranger to Nocton, the villagers and tenants were shattered by the news of George Hodgson having purchased the Estate. That said, his tenure was not to last long at all.

George Hodgson died in 1895 and his eldest son John moved to Nocton. John and his daughter-in-law Ann [the tall and beautiful daughter of Joseph Craven, the first Member of Parliament for Shipley], brought a family of six to the Hall, five sons and one daughter. The seventh child, another daughter, arrived at Nocton Hall. Unfortunately, John Hodgson's health was also to decline, and in 1902 he died at the Hall leaving the running of the estate in the hands of his son Norman, then aged only 25.

Norman set to work, to give the estate a high polish. The Hall was redecorated and wherever possible, labour saving devices installed to give the staff greater help and efficiency. The grounds near the Hall were the first to have the flower borders stocked with a full variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants. The rose borders were enlarged and filled with the varieties most suited for a colourful summer display. Species of rhododendron, first planted by Lord Ripon, were ordered, to add a mass of colour to the side walks through the nearby woods and the 400 acre forest known as 'The Big Wood' received an additional number to enhance its beauty, already famous in Lincolnshire for its rhododendrons and the fantastic displayof lilies of the valley and bluebells. Those who are old enough will recall the sheer magnificence of the Hall grounds and park.

The Hodgson family went on to have a worthy and valued connection with the Nocton Estate, until it was sold to Messrs W H Dennis towards the end of 1919.

[Extracts taken from 'The Revelations of an Imp' by Douglas Craven-Hodgson]

Friday, 26 August 2016

Superfast broadband - super slow commissioning

Latest news

Further to my last blog on this matter this is the current situation:

Emails with Marianne Overton MBE

From: Marianne Overton
Sent: 21 August 2016 02:06
To: Geoff Hall, Nocton
Subject: Fwd: Update for Nocton please

Hi Geoff,

I hope you are OK. What news on the broadband in Nocton, due to be completed last March? Steve Brookes is on holiday at the moment, but I just wanted to find out where we were.

It  does seem to be appalling that we have spent so much on a system that does not reach the rural areas properly. Are you on Twitter or Facebook? I tweeted some useful links recently, which you may have already seen. I have been working on it nationally through the Local Government Association and there is some info on the website.

I spoke to the Leader of Cornwall recently who has had substantial rural funds spent on broadband. He was very positive about their achievement of 30Mbpc to 95pc of a very dispersed population. Now working towards 99pc!

Kind regards,
Marianne Overton MBE

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 21 August 2016 08:06
To: Marianne Overton
Cc: Nocton Parish Council
Subject: RE: Update for Nocton please

Good morning Marianne,

I am very well – thank you for asking… and also for checking up on the broadband issue for Nocton.

I have been lobbying Onlincolnshire and BT for quite some time now as you know. I am happy to report we are finally making progress. The fibre cabinet has been installed (near The Green), along with another link cabinet, but neither have been commissioned yet. We are still awaiting a date from BT on when this might ‘go live’.

Although BT are in the process of commissioning the new fibre cabinet for the majority of Nocton residents, there are still a few residents connected to another cabinet near Dunston on legacy lines which would not be able to obtain the upgraded fibre (mainly living in Main Street and Wellhead Lane). Due to our extensive lobbying, Steve has now raised a separate ‘Change Request’ to get these legacy lines transferred to the new fibre cabinet in Nocton. I think the funding is coming from savings made to date.

BT is currently scheduling this work in as a separate project I believe, but we are still awaiting further details. Once Steve is back from holiday, please be assured I will be chasing him again. The problem seems to be the mammoth organisation that is BT. BT Openreach have been quite amenable to carrying out this extra work, but the contract is being organised through BT itself, and it is like wading in treacle!

Steve has been working hard to support us - my latest community update was on 10th August 2016 (also see the Comments). My previous report was dated 26th July 2016.

With regard to Facebook, I use this social medium quite actively to keep in touch with friends and family around the world. I have sent you a ‘Friend Request’ if you wish to link up online.

Finally, there is another issue in Nocton that you may wish to look into – that is the piecemeal overdevelopment of our village without provision of further facilities.

Following the granting of outline planning permission for a dwelling to the rear of The Shieling [15/1127/OUT], this appears to have set rather a precedent for the village. Mr Paul Clarke (ex Nocton Farms Ltd) has now submitted an application [16/0862/OUT] to develop the land behind the Village Hall – only a single dwelling currently, but I’m sure if successful this will lead to a further application. There is some history behind this site which you might be interested in. You will see I have already lodged an objection. Peter Sowerby also continues to squeeze in many more dwellings than originally planned on his final phase on Nocton Park. The latest application causing much controversy and many objections is 16/0795/FUL. I have also objected to this too.

Best regards,

From: Marianne Overton
Sent: 21 August 2016 13:00
To: Geoff Hall
Subject: Re: Update for Nocton please

Thanks a lot Geoff and thank you for all your continuing excellent work for us. As I am your county councillor rather than District, I do not get informed unless residents raise it with me. So thank you. I will look at your sit again. I do normally check it monthly before writing my monthly newsletter.

Kindest Regards,

Emails with OnLincolnshire

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 24 August 2016 20:17
To: Stephen Brookes (OnLincolnshire)
Cc: Marianne Overton; Nocton Parish Council
Subject: Urgent update for Nocton please
Importance: High

Hi Steve,

You may like to see that Marianne has been in touch for an update regarding broadband for Nocton (see correspondence below). I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there will be no work carried out this week on the new fibre Cab 17.

Since I reported back to Marianne, a problem seems to have arisen. I managed to speak with a BT engineer who had the Cab 17 door open on Tuesday 23rd. There has been a misunderstanding between BT Openreach and the external contractor, both who thought the other were doing the work to commission the Cab – as a result we are no further forward. The copper line has not even been fed through from Pillar 3/2 to Cab 17, therefore no lines have yet been connected and there will be no fibre service being commissioned in the short term.

The BT engineer is going to report back to his Line Manager to advise that the required work is still outstanding and to recommend they actually take over responsibility for feeding through the new copper line between Pillar 3/2 and Cab 17, so that the fibre cabinet can then be commissioned. As regards the additional work to re-route the legacy lines from Cab 3 to Cab 17, the BT engineer is aware of the Change Request, but told me this work will remain with the external contractor to complete – and he thought it would be done during Phase 2 of the work plan (whatever that means).

In view of this diabolical situation, please can you chase both aspects of this work as a matter of urgency and let me know:
  1. What exactly is the situation regarding the contracted work?
  2. When can we expect this work to be carried out?
  3. When will Cab 17 actually be commissioned?
  4. When will the Cab 3 legacy lines be re-routed to Cab 17?
  5. When will residents be able to apply for the new fibre service?
I think we have all been very patient thus far and this is now getting beyond a joke – if what the BT engineer told me is actually true!

Best regards,

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 24 August 2016 20:22
To: Owen Williams (OnLincolnshire)
Subject: FW: Urgent update for Nocton please

Good evening Owen,

I understand Steve is out of the office until Monday 29th – in view of the developing situation described below, you may want to attend to this email in advance of his return to work.

There is an ongoing situation with the commissioning of Cab 17 for Nocton, which you will see from my report below.

Kind regards,

From: Owen Williams
Sent: 25 August 2016 10:20
To: Geoff Hall
Subject: RE: Urgent update for Nocton please

Hello Geoff,

Please excuse the brief response, I am currently bogged down in contractual/State Aid scrutiny of a BT change request, but I will speak to the BT Openreach project manager this afternoon to see what is going on.

In the meantime please see below update provided by the BT Openreach project manager on Monday which I passed to Marianne at the time:

“I got your voicemail. Metheringham 3/2 (PCP17) requires the circuits moving from the old cast iron shell outside the Post Office to the other side of the road. The civils work is complete on this and the cabling and jointing activity should start by the end of this week. The fibre route has not been proven yet. The DSLAM is stood and powered. ECD for build completion is mid-September but we are pushing for the earliest completion.”

As soon as I have spoken to Openreach I will provide a further (hopefully more detailed) response.

Kind regards,
Owen Williams
Business Support Projects & Training team
Supporting Lincolnshire Broadband Programme
Lincolnshire County Council
Tel: 01522 552296

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 25 August 2016 11:56
To: Owen Williams
Subject: RE: Urgent update for Nocton please

Hi Owen,

Thank you for your quick response – and good luck with the ‘Change Request’ contractual issues. Why is nothing involving the BT behemoth, easy – no need to comment on that one!

I look forward to getting more detail regarding our ongoing situation in Nocton in due course.

Try and have a restful weekend to counter the pressures of public service. I can empathise with you given my previous employment prior to retirement.

Best regards,

From: Owen Williams
Sent: 26 August 2016 12:59
To: Geoff Hall
Subject: RE: Urgent update for Nocton please

Hi Geoff,

I spoke to the Openreach manager yesterday evening, he stated there wasn’t a resource issue/contractor confusion and that work on cabling & jointing should start today, if you don’t notice any activity today please let me know and I was (will) get Steve to escalate on his return (Tuesday 30th). ECD remains mid-September as per the update from Openreach, is (if) this is achieve(d) commission should be complete and services available by the end of September.

Also thank you for you kind words, and have a good bank holiday weekend yourself.

Kind regards,

Project Update - Week ending 26th August 2016

Metheringham 3/2 (Nocton) - Needs external fibre provision and the Exchange to be completed; cabling & jointing to start early next week; if there are no civils/traffic management issues build will be complete within a fortnight; commissioning to follow.

26th August (pm) - Telec Utilities - cabling and jointing Pillar 3/2 with PCP17 
PCP 17 - the open cabinet showing mounting columns and connectors
BT Openreach - instructional videos
  1. Introducing the next generation PCP features
  2. Installing the mounting columns
  3. Installing the connectors
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Questionnaire - reminder

Do you serve, have you served, or do you have any family connection with UK Armed Forces?

If so please refer to my blog dated 12th August 2016.

Councillor Mary Ann Williams has asked me to request that if you haven't already completed and returned the questionnaire, can you please take a moment to complete and return it to Nocton Parish Council asap.

Many thanks

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Navigating roadworks in Lincoln

'Roadworks pain is worth the gain', say transport bosses

The county council's £22m East-West Link Road connecting the High Street and Canwick Road via Tentercroft Street opened this week, and construction of the authority's £96m Lincoln Eastern Bypass from Wragby Road to the A15 is due to start later this year.

A host of roadworks are set to hit Lincoln - here's how to avoid a hold-up

Diversion routes have been revealed as roads are to close during the 18-month construction of Lincoln's new £30m bus station and 1,000-space multi-storey car park. Traffic will be diverted either north or southbound on Broadgate onto the East West Link Road, Ropewalk, over University Bridge, onto Newland and into Wigford Way.

'Lincoln's roadworks pain will ultimately be worth the gain'

Next up is the £96 million Lincoln Eastern Bypass. This project has been years in the making, but we are now in a position where things can get under way, and should have boots on the ground later in the year.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Nocton Cricket Club - match report

Bassingham CC v Nocton CC - League Match - August 14th

Nocton won by 68 runs
Nocton’s pitch is (in)famous for being unpredictable in bounce and pace – an awkward pitch to bat on! Bassingham’s is just the same. Runs were hard to come by so Nocton’s 136 off 38 overs always looked as if it would be challenging. Six batsmen made double figures for Nocton who lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

Dylan put together a team who could bat all the way down the order and, tricks as the pitch was, we hit 3 sixes and 10 fours in the total. Sam Allison, an occasional player for Nocton, made a steady 24 while Dylan attacked from the other end, eventually falling to ball that popped up off a good length. He hit one mighty six which scattered 3 young ladies who were minding their own business walking a long way beyond the boundary. They heard the warning shout but had no idea where the ball was; luckily it landed harmlessly but not all that far away from them! Kyle Thompson played his usual aggressive innings making a quick 20 of which 16 were in boundaries. He looked in menacing form until he too fell victim to a ball that jumped up off a length. His dad Wayne, who came in for a lot of barracking from his son from the boundary, used his main shot to nearly every ball he faced – an enormous swipe with the bat. For the most part he missed the ball but, when he connected, it sent the ball to all corners of the field! Rob Appleyard and Darren Askew put on a useful late partnership which kept the scoreboard ticking over until Isaac Appleyard was last man out.

Bassingham found the going even tougher on their own ground and they scored only 3 boundaries in the whole innings. It took them 33 overs to make 68 all out of which 20 (the top score) were extras. The damage was done by Mikey Atkinson who took six wickets for just 9 runs off his 10 overs. Bassingham had no answer to his nagging accuracy and movement off the pitch.

The result leaves Nocton still second in the league with 148 points, 32 clear of nearest rivals Bracebridge Heath 2nd XI.

Report and photos courtesy of Jonathan Sides

Plate 1 - Dylan’s straight 6 which sent 3 girls running for cover!

Plate 2 - Sam Allison who top scored with 24

Plate 3 - Kyle Thompson hitting one of his 4 boundaries

Plate 4 - A stylish stroke through the off side by Mikey Atkinson

Plate 5 - a not-so-stylish swipe by Wayne Thompson
who hit a 6 and two 4s

Plate 6 - Darren Askew made a useful and attractive 15
batting low in the order