Mercury Memories, February 28, 2014

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10 Years Ago

A village in Mercury Country could be all set for a very modern facelift - based on a traditional country scene.

Plans to build a new village green in Tallington were discussed at a village meeting last week and given the thumbs up.

The scheme, spearheaded by local landowner Michael Thurlby, will see six new homes built off a new village green - which will be given to the parish council.

Steve Randall, Tallington parish council vice-chairman, said everyone seemed really happy with the plans.

Speaking after the meeting he said: “There were a few minor amendments but other than that the council is supportive to the plan and the scheme would be an enhancement to the village.”

If the plans are agreed by South Kesteven District Council, a cluster of three and four bedroom properties will be built along the A16, in the style of converted farm buildings, and a farm house style property built to the south, close to Mill Road.

Mr Thurlby said he want to change the linear nature of the village - and shift the centre away from the busy road - giving it a natural focal point.

He said: “The houses will make a street scene which will back on to the new green.

“There will be a new network of footpaths with hand gates so elderly people can access the green.”

Mr Thurlby said the restoration of a grade II listed Dovecote in the centre of the land has been key to the design - and an ancient cherry orchard will also be replanted.

“All the plans have been designed to make sure the Dovecote is protected and ensure it can still be seen from all routes and is not obscured by the houses.”

Last week’s meeting was called after 80 people turned up to discuss the plans when they were first considered in August 2002.

But this time only nine members of the public turned up.

Coun Randall said: “Only two people had reservations and their complaint was with privacy issues directly relating to their homes, but everyone else was in favour as they were in 2002.

25 Years Ago

Permit parking in Stamford Cattle Market is being considered by district councillors in a bid to take pressure off town centre parking spaces.

A report is set to go before South Kesteven District Council amenities committee next month recommending a special season ticket for the 208-space car park.

“People who work in the town would have a cash advantage by using the permits,” said chief technical officer Mr Les Dawe,

The move, discussed with Stamford Chamber of Trade on Monday, is aimed at freeing parking space nearer the town centre for use by shoppers,

“We want to make more efficient use of the available space,” said Mr Dawe.

Permits, for a quarterly fee of £10, already exist, but the new ticket would be for the Cattle Market only.

Chamber of Trade president Peter Stead-Davies said: “I like the idea,” but added that he wanted to see the law enforced more strictly on long-term parkers in Broad Street, which has a two-hour limit on its 114 spaces.

Another option still not ruled out by the council, which is responsible for Stamford’s 673 off-street parking spaces is selling the Cattle Market.

A report on its long-term future is being compiled now. That was worried traders, who want another 500 spaces laid on.

“If we lose the Cattle Market, we want the same number of spaces to be found elsewhere, “ said Mr Stead-Davies.

The chamber of trade recommended multi-storey facilities in Wharf Road, where “doubling up” on peak days means nearly 90 cars pack into the current 149 spaces.

50 Years Ago

Mitchell Construction Developments Ltd, £750,000 Manor Park Estate housing project in Broadgate Lane, Deeping St. James, was inaugurated on Saturday morning, when Coun. G. H. Dobney, chairman of the parish council, turned the first sod.

He did it with a stainless steel spade, presented to him by Mr. David D. Morrell, chairman of the newly formed company and also of the Mitchell Construction Kinnear Moodie Group Ltd., who said the company was not just trying to achieve something different so much as to set a new standard and create a new trend in housing development in the area.

“There will be a high degree of segregation of pedestrians from traffic,” he said, “and it will be possible to walk to school, the shops and the church in safety.

“With our architects, Messrs. Marsham and Warren, of Bedford, he went on, “we have set out to provide a well-designed house with modern amenities and with a concept that is imaginative, yet in harmony with the surroundings, all within the reasonable price range which is so necessary if young people are to be able to buy homes of their own.”

It was just five weeks prior to the ceremony that the company announced its plans for the 33-acre scheme. The estate will comprise some 220 houses, priced at between £2,750 and £3,950, all with central heating and garage, besides a church, a school and a shopping centre.

It is expected that by Easter the shells of the first bungalows will be completed and that they will be occupied some ten weeks later.

After the ceremony, Mr. Morrell presented by Mr. Dobney with a writing set as a memento of the occasion.

100 Years Ago

The proposed purchase of the gas undertaking - On Tuesday Mr F. O. Stanford, Local Government Board Inspector, held an inquiry at Bourne into the application of the Urban District Council for a Provisional Order for the purpose of acquiring the undertaking of the Bourne Gas and Coke Company, Limited. Mr. S. R. Andrews (clerk to the Urban Council) said no objections had been received from occupiers or owners other than the Great Northern Railway Company and the Midland and Great Northern Joint Committee, and their objection had since been withdrawn, the Council having agreed to a protective clause, The loans sanctioned totalled £5,386, leaving the Council borrowing powers of £25,740. The price agreed between the company directors and the Council was £12,500 exclusive of stock on hand, and a loan of £14,000 was necessary. Mr. Andrews asked that the loan should be for the longest period possible, as the district was a small one, and the large loan would press heavily on the rate-payers. Mr. J. Furgeson Bell, Derby, who had made a valuation, said the works were in good condition. The price of gas was 4s. per 1,000 to ordinary consumers, and 4s. 7½d. to prepaid consumers who paid no meter rent. A clause in the Order empowered the Council to erect dwelling-houses for their employees if they thought fit. It was also proposed to maintain the present candle-power. The provisional order having been thoroughly scrutinised, evidence of a financial character was taken, together with technical facts, and altogether the inquiry lasted just under three hours.

150 Years Ago

The Constabulary - The reports of H.M. Inspectors of Constabulary for the year ending 1863 - Borough of Stamford. Population, 1863, 8044; area in acres 1711; strength of force 10; population to one constable 804. Date of inspection, Aug 26. One head constable, at £90 per year; 2 serjeants at 25s., 3 constables at 21s., 1 at 20s., and 3 at 18s. per week. Of the 65 public-houses within the borough, 6 were proceeded against and 4 were fined; and of the 9 beer-houses within the borough, one was proceeded against and fined. The head constable acts as inspector of weights and measures, common lodging-houses, and nuisances, and assistant relieving officer for vagrants, of whom 2190 were relieved the previous year, being an increase of 417 over the number relived the previous year. One constable was dismissed, and two resigned during the year; 15 known thieves and 30 suspected persons are reported to reside within the borough. The station and cells are in good order. This force continued to give satisfaction under the head constable, whose services are worthy of the consideration of an increase in salary, particularly as he has no pay fixed for extra duties.

200 Years Ago

Wanted, a proper person to farm the Poor of Uffington and Tallington parishes for one year, or from year to year, from Lady-day next. Persons wishing to offer themselves, must apply by written proposals to the Overseers of the Poor of the above parishes, before Saturday the Twelfth of March, when a Meeting will take place of the charge-bearers of both parishes, to take into consideration such written proposals, at the house of John Pilkington, the sign of the Bertie’s Arms, in Uffington. One person will be required to take both, as the poor of Tallington will be in future in the Uffington poor-house, where the person whose proposals are accepted will be expected to reside.

Likewise wanted, a Master to a parochial School founded and endowed at Uffington by the Earl of Lindsey. Applications to be made to the Rev. Mr. Layard, at the Rectory House, Uffington. Feb 23d, 1814.