Village News: The Toyntons

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COFFEE AND CAKES - A coffee morning and cake stall will be held on Saturday, April 13 from 10.30am to 11.30am at Toynton All Saints Methodist Chapel.

CHAPEL - On Sunday, April 14 a service will be held at 3pm at Toynton All Saints Methodist Chapel.

The guest preacher will be Mrs Lucy Panton, of Spilsby.

CHURCH - A service of evening prayer will be held on Sunday, April 14 at 3pm at Toynton St Peter Church.

PARISH COUNCIL - Toynton St Peter Parish Council met recently at the village hall.

Mrs Sue Ruddlesdin had written to make the council aware of an eroding verge in front of the postbox/noticeboard at the botom of Toynton Hill. A large rut had developed in the area.

The clerk, Mrs Sarah Knowles, was asked to contact Royal Mail and the Highways Department for remdial action.

It was reported that Jim Gurney had resigned from the council. East Lindsey District Council has been informed, and the process to notify the vacancy is to follow.

No planning applications have been received, but an appeal by Mr and Mrs A Elliott (regarding an application for an eco dwelling on land at Smithy’s Yard) has been rejected.

The chairperson, Michael O’Driscoll, said councillors had a meeting with a representative from the Highways Department. Issues raised included an investigation into a culvert on Church Lane as the drainage pipe cannot deal with water from nearby fields during heavy rain.

Also raised was a large hole on Halton Road, which will be attended to; potholes that will be repaired and the road resurfaced on New Lane; and a request for the gritting route to include Eastville Road going south to New Lane.

A speed de-restriction sign on Main Road, Toynton All Saints has been defaced, and a new sign requested. Further 30mph ‘repeater’ signs have been requested for Eastville Road.

Elsewhere, a letter has been received from ELDC asking the council to consider naming new roads on housing developments with the name of local war heroes to honour the Armed Forces.

County and district councillor, Jim Swanson, handed out copies of the LCC Leader’s Brief. He said patching of potholes had begun on the western end of New Lane.

Councillors told him about a large pothole just before Toynton Corner; he has already reported this. He said the state of the roads was a national concern and four new crews have been dispatched to deal with potholes.

Coun Charles Bee said old rotting sandbags outside properties on Eastville Road look unsightly. New ‘empty’ bags have been delivered, but if these were filled with the old sand it would give the impression that Toynton St Peter had a severe flooding problem. He suggested that parishioners make sand heaps and throw away the decayed bags. The new bags could be refilled if flooding was imminent. Posters will go in noticeboards informing where the bags can be obtained, free of charge.

Coun Gillian Denniff said she had read an article about vegetable peelings not being allowed to be placed in green recycling bins. Coun Swanson said he will check out what can be ‘green binned’ and get back to the council.

The council heard that no reply had been received from the relevant landowner following the council’s requests that a ditch on land on Eastville Road be cleaned out. The clerk will send a further letter. Coun Swanson said that if the ditch was causing flooding problems, they could request that the Highways Department contact the landowner.

Coun Bee said there was a problem with parking on footpaths in Eastville Road. This is causing problems.

Coun Swanson said the police could take action as it is an ‘obstruction of a pavement’. He suggested that yellow lines could also be placed.

There are two vacancies for trustees of the Joseph Clarey Charity - posters will be placed in noticeboards.

The annual parish meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 6.30pm in the village hall. This will be followed by the next parish council meeting.