Repairs to Caistor Parish Church are likely to cost about £200,000, Caistor Town Council heard last week (Thursday, February 11, 2016).
A letter from the Rev Canon Ian Robinson was one of several read out to councillors, with others being from former Mayor John Burns-Salmond, one from a resident in Church Street and one about a book featuring Caistor workhouse.
Rev Robinson confirmed that the Parochial Church Council has managed to attract a small amount of grant funding and is currently applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help with roof repairs. He asked for a letter of support from the council, and for the council to consider a contribution from the precept, which has already been set for the next financial year.
The letter from Mr Burns-Salmond was an offer to help reduce the workload of Caistor In Bloom by helping to organise different plants near the town signs that would be easier to maintain. Chairman Deborah Barker said the issue had been discussed with members, who are dealing with the matter.
The resident in Church Street was expressing frustration with dog fouling and leaves congregating outside her door. Councillors agreed “there was a bit of an eddy down there” and said they would ask the handyman to check the area.
Four copies of a book called “Bastard Brat”, which includes mention of a family’s experience at Caistor workhouse, were forwarded to the town council. One copy will be kept in the council’s archives, one will be forwarded to the Caistor Civic Society, and two copies will be presented to the library.
Dog waste bags: Dog walkers who are “caught short” while in town may be able to pick up some free bags for dog waste from Caistor Post Office, said Cllr Alan Caine.
Waste in hedgerow: Clearance teams will be asked to check an area between Cherry Holt and the entrance to the Sports Ground. Among the items reported seen there was an old television.
Skatepark opening: It is hoped a formal opening of Caistor’s new skatepark at the Sports Ground off North Kelsey Road will be arranged during the schools’ Easter holidays.
Cinema meeting: A meeting for young and old to progress Caistor’s Independent Cinema will be held on Monday, February 22, at 8pm at the Arts and Heritage Centre at 28 Plough Hill.
All About You (Positive Activities): Organisers of the All About You website for young people are looking into the possibility of holding a soap box race down Plough Hill, and also of holding some cart-building sessions. (see http://www.allaboutyoucaistor.co.uk/#!campaigns/c22iy )
Road closure: A temporary road closure of North Kelsey Road near Castle Hill is likely to take place between April 4-April 8.
Millfields Park: A councillor’s inspection of all of Caistor’s parks found that while safety surfaces at Millfields Park were slippery, especially near the slide, there were “quite a few children” playing on the equipment. Cllr Jon Wright also said some residents had approached him to report some concerns with a number of trees. The cost of a power-washer, which will help maintain the safety surfaces, has been included in next year’s precept and councillors agreed to order one as soon as possible.
Sports and Social Club: The possibility of installing a battery-operated movement sensor light might be investigated after a pedestrian fell in the dark near a speed bump. Although not confirmed, there were reports there might be a special football match on July 30 to mark 50 years since England’s winning World Cup match. New leases are currently being negotiated with various sports clubs, and clubs may be asked to pay legal fees if their lease agreements have to be renewed more frequently than anticipated. A meeting is also likely to agree who should bear responsibility for the maintenance of fixtures and fittings at the sports club and the insurance will need to be examined in more detail, said Town Clerk Helen Pitman. A discussion on a possible extension to the sports club was deferred.
Caistor Cares: 40 people attended an inaugural meeting on January 25 aimed at reducing social isolation for those aged over 60, reported Cllr Jacqui Hughes. Another meeting has been scheduled for Monday, February 22, at 7pm at Caistor Town Hall Arts Centre.
Annual Town Meeting: A date was provisionally set for Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
Health Centre telephone calls: It was agreed to express concern with the Practice Manager about patients’ reluctance to accept telephone calls when the number has been withheld.
The picture shows Caistor Parish Church on Remembrance Sunday