Milestones-15-03-12

The quarterly meeting of Lindsey County Council was held at Lincoln yesterday week. For the 18th successive year Mr W Embleton Fox was elected chairman of the council. Alderman T Tombleson, Barton-on-Humber, was elected vice-chairman. The council agreed that the salary of Mr Tong, land agent to the Council be increased from £250 to £350 on May 1 and to £400 on May 1, 1913. The new county rate basis which increased the accessable value of the county by £68,220, was adopted.

75 YEARS AGO

March 12, 1937

Wroot, one of the smallest parishes in the Isle of Axholme, is the first place in the rural area to ask for a review of the County Council’s work and how they spend the rates. This matter was very ably explained by County Coun R Thompson (Epworth) at a meeting of the Wroot Women’s Institute, which the public were invited to attend, held in the Guide Hut, Wroot. Mr Thompson said he thought reviews of this kind, if given every year by representatives of the County Authority, would be helpful to ratepayers but apart from this occasion particulars had never been asked for. He was pleased to state that the County rate would be reduced by 2d in the pound over last year’s rate. The rate would be 8s 8d as against 8s 10d last year and although they might think that reduction was not much in the end it amounted to a great deal.

50 YEARS AGO

March 16, 1962

Officials in charge of the reconstruction work on the swing bridge over the canal at Crowle Wharf hope to finish by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. British Railways will also have completed their work which has been in hand at the same time on the railway crossing at the same point. The road will thus be open to traffic again in slightly under the six weeks for which authority was given for it to be closed. Mr C Tossel, divisional highways surveyor to the Lindsey County Council, said on Tuesday that weather had been favourable for the work and there had been no delays after the first three, during which the wind whipped up such strong waves on the canal that it was impossible to get the barge (which has formed a pontoon for foot passengers) moored lengthways across the canal. Re-opening of the road will end the inconvenient detour which has been necessary into Crowle from the south side - either by way of Godnow Bridge for light traffic, or by Keadby Amcotts, Luddington and Eastoft.

25 YEARS AGO

March 13, 1987

A major order worth £500,000 has been clinched by Misterton engineers Newell Dunford Limited for Poland. It is for a complete milling plant to recover valuable aluminium from waste dross produced in the smelting process and will go to the Skawina Aluminium plant near Kracow. The plant is designed to handle 8,000 tonnes of dross a year and has been ordered by Impexmetal of Warsaw. And it is an indication of the quality of Newell products as it is similar to a plant supplied by them to Poland which has been in successful operation since 1980.