Parish Council News

Further Road Closure at Fen Bridge, Gravel Causeway - 29 August 2017-31 October 2017

The Parish Council has been in contact with LCC Highways regarding the proposed further closure of Fen Bridge. Their response is published below:

It is unfortunately necessary for ourselves to return to Fen Bridge, as we were unable to complete the full bridge works earlier in the year. The area beneath the footpath on the southern side of the bridge could not be completed, due to ourselves being incorrectly informed of the construction type of the water mains located beneath this footway. To complete the bridgeworks it will therefore be necessary to temporarily divert these mains from their present position, and we have been awaiting the availability of Anglian Water resources to divert the water mains and allow ourselves to return to the site. Our original intention to lift and protect these mains during our earlier works was discovered to be impossible, due to the fragile nature of the old iron water mains.

We have considered the best way of completing these works, with the least disruption to the travelling public, especially considering the difficulties caused earlier in the year. The narrow width of Fen Bridge makes working safely on the structure without a road closure almost impossible and therefore we are intending to close the route only when absolutely necessary for a safe working space, which will limit the closures to the daytime working hours only.

These daytime closures will appear to be somewhat sporadic in nature, as we will only close the road when absolutely necessary. My expectation is that an initial sequence of day time road closures will be required as Anglian Water install their temporary water mains, followed by a period of minimal closures as the water mains are tested and commissioned. This will be followed by a sequence of daytime closures as Kier, our Highways Alliance partners, complete the bridgeworks. Following after this period we will return again to sporadic closures to test and commission the new permanent water main diversion in the new footway over the bridge.

Outside of these daytime road closure periods, it will be necessary to provide temporary traffic lights over the bridge, with one lane remaining closed. As the southern footway will be excavated, we will need adequate width to provide a safe pedestrian route over the bridge and to locate the two temporary water mains. Due to the long span of Fen Bridge, it is impractical to provide a temporary pedestrian and service bridge as has been previously used elsewhere.

As we are reliant on the testing and commissioning arrangements being successful we are unfortunately unable to give exact dates for these daytime road closures with any certainty in advance. It has therefore been necessary to provide the legal order for the road closure for the full duration of the works to allow ourselves the flexibility to progress these works quickly and efficiently. I can assure yourself, we will endeavour to ensure both our and Anglian Waters' contractor open the route over the bridge whenever possible and without undue delay. To ensure we have maximum control possible over the road closure, we have organised for our Alliance Partner to undertake all traffic management operations.

We will provide press releases and information in advance of the works in accordance with agreed protocols. We shall ask the travelling public to observe signs remote from the site to determine if the route is open or closed and the need to use the diversion route. Whilst we accept this uncertainty will cause some difficulty, we believe this situation to be preferable to the alternative, which would be a full road closure for the entire duration of the works.

The new waterproofing, surfacing and kerbing laid earlier this year will not be affected by the works.

Please contact myself if you have any queries about our intentions in this matter. I accept and apologise that this situation is somewhat complex, however we believe this is the least disruptive method of completing the works overall.

Kind regards,

Andrew Antcliff

Waste Freighters

Please note that THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER WASTE FREIGHTERS in Crowland.

Unfortunately this service has been discontinued by Lincs County Council with immediate effect.

Please do not take any waste to the Council Implement Shed - the freighters will not be there AND THERE ARE NO ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS in place.  Dumping of any waste in this area would constitute the illegal depost of waste on land contrary to Section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Vandalism

We periodically experience spates of vandalism at Snowden Field.

The gate leading into the Children's Play Area was broken 3 times during the 2016.  Each time it is broken we have to contact the supplier and order new parts, so unfortunately, there can be a slight delay in getting it repaired.

During March 2016 one of the Children's swings was stolen.  A new swing was ordered and has since been fitted.

The dugouts at the side of the football fields are also currently being targeted. We are investigating the best way to deal with this vandalism.

The Parish Council asks that if anyone notices any vandalism (or even the vandals at work), that they report it to the Parish Clerk and the police on 101.

Snowden Pavilion

The Parish Council is currently investigating different ways of upgrading the Snowden Pavilion to enable it to be used by more members of the community.

A lot of Crowlanders remember when lots of activities and events took place in this building - dance classes, art classes, mums and tots groups, group fundraising events, family parties.  This type of usage is something that we are aiming to bring back - the outlook from the pavilion onto the Snowden field is magnificent and a worthy backdrop to many events.

The first stage of the improvements has been new toughened windows fitted looking onto the field.  This will mean that when the building is used, the shutters can be removed and the whole feel of the building changed. This was completed in time for Crowland Show.

The carpet in the main room has been cleaned.  The room is now looking a lot brighter and fresher.

The kitchen has now been updated and is looking fantastic.

New shutters have been installed on the windows facing onto the field.  The windows have been repaired, which means that once again, when the building is hired, the field can be viewed from inside.

As more improvements are approved, we will keep you updated.

Skate Park

The Parish Council is currently working with Crowland Skate Park Group to design, fundraise and commission a skate park for the use of the young (and not so young) people of the town.

More information will be posted as progress is made.

Grant Funding

Not for profit community group funding.

If you are a “not for profit community group” operating in the Crowland Parish Council area, and have links with the Hulls Drove / Back Bank area of Shepeau Stow (EG: one of your members might be resident there), then you may be eligible for funding from the Grange Wind Farm Community Fund of Tydd St Mary.

Examples of fundable projects include diversionary and educational activities for young people, workshops, intergenerational projects, support for meeting place - but not day to day running costs for existing projects -(community centres, village halls, playing fields), energy efficiency schemes such as ground source energy schemes.  Projects for older people may include help to tackle isolation, loneliness and dementia, volunteer costs, sitter and companionship.

To date, the panel has awarded funding to enable community venues to improve their buildings (new heating, roofing, windows and doors) and the facilities they offer the local community.  Others have received funds to deliver local services: a grant for a community allotment, new equipment for sports activities for older people, equipment and resources for a local pre-school, a new outdoor wildlife and environmental area, storage facilities etc.

To obtain an Application Form for the Tydd scheme  or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or email sue.lincolnshire@btconnect.com.

Similar Grants may be available from the Bernard Mathews fund. Information is available from cliverayner@norfolkfoundation.com or tel: 01603 623958

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