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Pinchbeck bridge could be fenced off to stop complaints about disorder




Fencing could be put up at a bridge in Pinchbeck to stop youths meeting there after complaints from villagers and businesses.

Claims that up to 30 youngsters were seen together on Crossgate Bridge, off Flaxmill Lane, wearing "bikinis and swimming trunks" while also playing "loud music" during the recent heatwave were posted on social media.

Reports of youths jumping off what is otherwise known as Flaxmill Bridge and into the River Glen were also discussed during a first-ever virtual meeting of Pinchbeck Parish Council members on Monday.

Crossgate (Flaxmill) Bridge in Pinchbeck were complaints about anti-social behaviour have been received by parish councillors. (37617945)
Crossgate (Flaxmill) Bridge in Pinchbeck were complaints about anti-social behaviour have been received by parish councillors. (37617945)

Coun Terry Moore said: "Crossgate Bridge has been getting an awful lot of attention and last week it raised its head yet again.

"We had around 30 young adults there on Thursday last week, diving off the bridge and into the water.

"It's quite shallow there and quite dangerous, given all the other obstacles, so we've got to find a solution to the problem.

Crossgate (Flaxmill) Bridge in Pinchbeck were complaints about anti-social behaviour have been received by parish councillors. (37617958)
Crossgate (Flaxmill) Bridge in Pinchbeck were complaints about anti-social behaviour have been received by parish councillors. (37617958)

"Just moving people on isn't the right idea so we need to engage with South Holland District Council and find a solution."

Complaints about anti-social behaviour by youths on the bridge have been made to parish councillors over a number of years, resulting in a public meeting at Pinchbeck Community Hub and Library in September 2019.

A record of the meeting, available of the parish council website, stated that one villager had been "stopped by young people when crossing over the bridge and, as a consequence, have felt intimidated".

Another member of the public at the same meeting claimed that "there have been problems on Flaxmill Bridge for approximately 40 years" and CCTV would make a "massive difference".

Coun Moore said: "Anglian Water and Lincolnshire County Council are drawing up plans for some railings to be put up on the bridge and we're going to have another meeting in July to look at them."

In the meantime, villagers are being asked to "keep a record" of incidents of anti-social behaviour on the bridge.

Coun Ann Savage said: "When we spoke to South Holland District Council, what was clear was that it didn't have any history to support any activities that we wanted.

"The idea is that we need the people who are troubled to keep a record of the times and events on the bridge, reporting them to the district council so it can keep a log."

. A new group has been formed to buy and improve play equipment for families in Pinchbeck and West Pinchbeck.

Seven members, including acting chairman Coun James Avery, were appointed to a parish play equipment committee during Monday’s meeting.

The committee was formed just three weeks after a miniature railway ticket office and train on Leaveslake Drove Playing Field, West Pinchbeck, were vandalised.

Parish councillors were told that Kettering-based play equipment manufacturer Wicksteed would have a look at the damaged items to see if repairs were possible.

Coun Ann Savage, another member of the new committee, said: “It’s possible to get some really decent, vandal-proof keep fit equipment and if we can look around for some funding, we can bring the two projects together into this group.

“I’d definitely be very keen to engage with this because it’s something where we can actually do a lot for young people in the community and get some ideas of what sort of kit they would be interested in.

“I’m passionate that we give young people some options so that they don’t say: ‘We’re just being told that we can’t do things."

New group for play equipment

A new group has been formed to buy and improve play equipment for families in Pinchbeck and West Pinchbeck.

Seven members, including acting chairman Coun James Avery, were appointed to a parish play equipment committee during Monday’s meeting.

The committee was formed just three weeks after a miniature railway ticket office and train on Leaveslake Drove Playing Field, West Pinchbeck, were vandalised.

Parish councillors were told that Kettering-based play equipment manufacturer Wicksteed would have a look at the damaged items to see if repairs were possible.

Coun Ann Savage, another member of the new committee, said: “It’s possible to get some really decent, vandal-proof keep fit equipment and if we can look around for some funding, we can bring the two projects together into this group.

“I’d definitely be very keen to engage with this because it’s something where we can actually do a lot for young people in the community and get some ideas of what sort of kit they would be interested in.

“I’m passionate that we give young people some options so that they don’t say: ‘We’re just being told that we can’t do things."

Concern over hub and library usage

Trustees of Pinchbeck Community Hub and Library have raised concerns about how the building will adapt to social distancing rules.

In a report to parish councillors on Monday, trustees said “the size of the rooms and the configuration of the building do not lend themselves to good social distancing”.

It was recently the base for Spalding COVID Kindness Team volunteers.

New bridge to be part of relief road

Plans to replace a Pinchbeck bridge used by cyclists and pedestrians will go ahead as part of a £100million relief road.

Requests to replace Two Plank Bridge, which span’s Vernatts Drain, have been made to county highways officers in charge of the Spalding Western Relief Road project.

Coun James Avery said: “The bridge is looking old and it’s in a poor state.”

Wildflowers to be sown in area

A project to plant wildflower seeds along roads in Pinchbeck and West is to be pitched to plant growers in the village.

Coun Audrey Gregory said: “We need to get the locations together and some tips as to the best seeds to put down.

“It would be worth contacting garden centres to see if they would supply us with some seeds.”

Dog waste point wanted in village

Dog walkers in West Pinchbeck will soon have a dispenser where they can use bags and dispose of their pets’ waste.

Parish councillors for the village are to be asked for their views as to a suitable site for a dog waste bag dispenser unit.

Five dispensers are in place across Pinchbeck, including the library and Crossgate Bridge.



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