Thursday, 19 January 2017

Superfast broadband - update

BT Infinity

More people are upgrading their broadband service following the installation of fibre cabinet 17.

After years of suffering buffering with a meagre 2 or 3 Mbps, I am now getting 54 Mbps download speed and in excess of 8 Mbps upload speed, transforming my web browsing experience.

I know of at least twelve other residents who have since upgraded their broadband to fibre and are now enjoying download speeds of between 35 and 60 Mbps.

Thanks must go to Steve Brookes [Onlincolnshire] and Ian McEwan [BT Openreach] for resolving the fibre problem in Nocton, without whom I would still be encumbered by a slow copper service from Cab 3.

If you haven't notified me already, I would appreciate a comment below advising me of your increased broadband speed if you have upgraded to fibre. A comparison with what you were getting beforehand would be useful too.

Many thanks.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Planning application - Nocton Park

Planning Sub Committee - outcome

16/1413/FUL Plot 72a - Formerly 27 Steamer Point Rd, Nocton

I refer to my last blog on this matter.

I understand that the application was refused permission by Committee members last night. The vote was 12 Against, 6 For, with 3 Abstentions.

This is twice now that the Planning Committee has refused a development on this plot - it remains to be seen if the developer decides to appeal to the Planning Inspector in due course.

Perhaps Sowerby Homes should focus instead on laying the final surface to all access roads into the Nocton Park development?

This is a very poor audio recording for the Eastgate Planning Sub Committee held on 17th January 2017 [this is due to the implementation of a new sound system for NKDC].

The Nocton application commences some 28 minutes or so into the meeting.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Parish Council - vacancy

Nocton Parish Council

Appointment of Parish Clerk

Salary: £4752 per annum (£11.00 an hour – 36 hours per calendar month)

The Clerk to Nocton Parish Council has recently announced his decision to retire.  The Council is, therefore, looking to appoint a successor to this extremely important post, who will be able to take up their duties when the current Clerk leaves at the end of March, 2017.

If you would like to help make a positive difference to community life in Nocton and to support the Parish Council in its ambitious improvement programme for the village, then this will an ideal opportunity for you.

To be considered for the post, you will need to have:
  • Excellent numerical, literacy skills and to be fully conversant in all aspects of IT, including word processing, spreadsheets, email and the use of websites.
  • A wide experience of attending and speaking at meetings, preparing agendas and reports, writing minutes and preparing letters.
  • Experience of managing budgets, including the keeping of accounts and payment of invoices.
  • A good knowledge of, and interest in, current local government issues and affairs, particularly as they affect parish councils and local communities.
  • Ability to work with the minimum of supervision.

Experience of working in a local government and/or parish council environment would be a particular advantage, as would some experience in supervising the work of others.

Possession of the Certificate in Local Council Administration (or equivalent) would be an advantage.

If you feel that you have the necessary skills and experience and would like to apply for this post and/or would like more information, then please contact Steve Altridge, Nocton Parish Clerk at or telephone him on 01526 321760.

Closing date: 10 February, 2017


Monday, 16 January 2017

Road closure - Wellhead Lane

Lincolnshire County Council Traffic Order

Temporary Road Closure: NOCTON
Please note it will be necessary to impose a temporary restriction to all vehicular traffic on the road(s) detailed below. Adequate arrangements will be made to enable pedestrians to access premises in the affected area while works progress.

Reason for closure: 
Essential maintenance works by Clancy Docwra/Anglian Water

Wellhead Lane (Between 150 metres & 300 metres West of Main Street)

Period of closure:
7/2/2017 to 9/2/2017

Alternative route:
Wellhead Lane, B1188, B1202 & Main Street

If you have any queries, or require further information, please contact the Greater Lincoln & Gainsborough Highways Division on 01522 782070.

Traffic Orders
Unit 7, Witham Park House,
Waterside South, Lincoln,
Telephone: 01522 782070

Date: 16th January 2017

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Properties for sale

Nocton property market

Heritage properties

4 bedroom detached house [Grade II Listed]
The Garden House, Nocton Hall

Stonewell Homes

4 bedroom detached house
Plot 1, Hodgson Close, Wellhead Lane

6 bedroom detached house
Plot 2, Hodgson Close, Wellhead Lane

4 bedroom detached house
Plot 4, Hodgson Close, wellhead Lane

Persimmon Homes

5 bedroom detached house
Parklands Avenue

6 bedroom detached house
Parklands Avenue

5 bedroom detached house
Parklands Avenue

4 bedroom detached house
Parklands Avenue

4 bedroom detached house
Parklands Avenue

Sowerby Homes

3 bedroom semi-detached house
Holly Close, Nocton Park

3 bedroom semi-detached house
Holly Close, Nocton Park


2 bedroom end-terrace house
Akrotiri Square, Nocton Park

2 bedroom ground floor flat
Khormaksar Drive, Nocton Park