Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sowerby Homes - Nocton Park

Unfinished roads

My last report on this matter was 4th April - so what has been completed in four weeks?

New drainage pipes have been installed with new kerbs laid and it is encouraging to see work progressing. Some would say more manpower should be thrown at the task to get the job completed quicker... but I suppose like everything, it comes down to money and overall profit.

There is still inconvenience for residents, as some are still unable to access driveways with their vehicles having to be parked elsewhere. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel - residents may finally get to see the culmination of this development - with a top surface of tarmac being laid from Nocton Park Rd right through to the final phase on Wegberg Rd, sometime during the summer months of 2016.

Let's hope so.

View up Wegberg Rd

New kerbing being installed

Junction with Khormaksar Drive

Leading to Phase 3 development

Phase 3 development

Saturday, 30 April 2016

200 Club

Winners of the April Draw

1st [157] Mr W I Gall
2nd [193] Cliff and Val Baxendale
3rd [119] David Glew

Friday, 29 April 2016

Nocton Cricket Club - Match Report

Nocton CC v Bracebridge Heath 2nd team, Sunday April 24th

A beautiful setting for village cricket
This was the first game of the season for Nocton, last week’s fixtures were cancelled due to waterlogged pitches all over the county! There is a really good team spirit amongst the players at the start of this season; they all pulled together to make sure the pitch and square were good enough and we had a full team of 11 players under new skipper Dylan Garfoot.

Nocton’s wickets are always unpredictable and this one was no exception. Fast bowling wasn’t needed and both Dylan Garfoot and Mikey Atkinson reverted to spin. Bracebridge’s opener, Ollie Bentley, is always a dangerous batsman and has scored heavily against us in the past but Atkinson removed him without scoring. The rest of the Bracebridge team batted very cautiously, played few attacking shots and scored hardly any boundaries (mind you, the grass was a bit long near the boundaries!). They only made it to 60 all out after 32 overs with the wickets being shared equally amongst the Nocton bowlers.

A near miss for Mikey Atkinson
David Franklin, our wicketkeeper all last season, reminded us that he bowls some tidy leg spinners and took 2 late wickets for no runs. The Nocton innings showed that runs CAN be scored on our track. Rather than watching to see what the ball would do, Dylan Garfoot simply walked down towards the bowler, met the ball as it pitched and hit it with immense power making 42* mainly in sixes and fours. His final six, to win the match, soared over the outfield, the boundary and the 12 foot high hedge into the field beyond. Game over in 47 balls!

Skipper Dylan Garfoot in full swing, another 6
Mikey Atkinson and Paul Carrot treated the bowling in the same way. It was a great start to the season even though it was numbingly cold! You would be very welcome to come and join us at any home game; a list of home games appears in the Nocton News. Our next home games are May 15th against Rustons in the cup competition and May 22nd against Hykeham in the league.

Congratulations for Isaac Appleyard

Paul Carrot pulls to the boundary
Match report and photographs - Jonathan Sides

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Planning Application - Main Street

Old Four Row

Demolition of existing single storey rear extension and first floor enclosure to stairwell and erection of new, together with replacement of flat dormer with pitched roof dormer and gothic windows.

Replacement of existing ground floor window to No:19 with 3 gothic windows & removal of brickwork to front door arch and insertion of new door.

18 and 19 Old Four Row, Main Street, Nocton, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN4 2BH

16/0399/LBC - Application Type: Listed Building Consent
16/0398/HOUS - Planning Application

Applicant name: Mr and Mrs Marshall
Case Officer: Hannah Myers

Application Validated Date: Fri 15 Apr 2016
Expiry Date: Fri 27th May 2016
Target Determination Date: Fri 27 May 2016
Determination Deadline: Fri 10 Jun 2016

This seems an innovative approach to putting right some of the clumsy 'improvements' that taken place over the years to these lovely properties.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Superfast broadband - more news

Onlincolnshire ends first phase, bringing better broadband to 150,000 properties

'Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access, said: “We’re delighted with the progress made in Lincolnshire. Working closely with the county council, we’ve made fibre broadband available to some of the most rural areas. The advantages are very clear with speeds up to 80Mbps widely available.'

Engineering work

This work is being carried out by Openreach, BT’s local network business.

Our new fibre cabinet [Cab 17] has now been erected but still needs to be fully enabled. It requires copper cable to be linked through to the old cabinet [Pillar 3/2] - see the photograph of the contents of the old cabinet which show the complexity of the wiring within.

Old cabinet [Pillar 3/2] - extent of wiring
It is thought that this will get a new case shortly, to coincide with the enabling of the new cabinet.

Onlincolnshire's last Project Update [W/E 22 April]

This indicated our new cabinet has power, but I have not observed any Western Power operatives on-site to carry out this work. Nor have BT Openreach been to attend to the final installation work in readiness for the estimated completion date of 'early May'.

New cabinet [Cabinet 17] - awaiting connection
Once the new cabinet is enabled, notwithstanding the small number of residents and businesses that are connected to the distant fibre cabinet [Cab 3], the majority will have access to fibre broadband if they choose. It will then be possible to upgrade their broadband package from their current provider, or choose from a wide range of other internet service providers to benefit from competitive pricing and products.

Finally, for those unable to get the faster service you may be interested in the following public consultation.

Gainshare Public Consultation now open

'This public consultation is to confirm the areas of Lincolnshire which do not have access to Next Generation Access to infrastructure delivering speeds of at least 30Mbps.'

I wish to thank local resident Mick Middleton, for his patient and enthusiastic mentoring in improving my 'technical' knowledge of this whole topic.