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Brigg and Goole
The Brigg and Goole County Constituency finds itself party in Lincolnshire and partly in the East Riding of Yorkshire and covers an area of more than 250 sq. miles. At a local Council level, the constituency is predominantly served by North Lincolnshire Council (about 65%) with the remainder being served by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Below this there are numerous active Parish and Town Councils.
The constituency covers a big geographical area stretching from the Humber Bridge in the east, to the North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire borders in the west. In the east of the constituency are found the low villages of the Vale of Ancholme and the historic market town of Brigg. The constituency snakes around Scunthorpe taking in communities such as Broughton, Winterton and Burton-Upon-Stather as well as the Skippingdale and Lodge Moor areas of Scunthorpe.
To the south and west is found the historic area of the Isle of Axholme which includes many beautiful villages and towns such as Epworth, home to the founders of Methodism, John and Charles Wesley. The Isle is also home to the ancient Haxey Hood, Britain’s oldest traditional tussle!
To the north, the constituency passes into the East Riding of Yorkshire where Goole, England’s busiest inland port, can be found. The East Riding also provides the constituency with communities such as Airmyn, Snaith, Pollington, Gowdall and the small Marshland Villages.
The constituency is dominated by water, with many major rivers finding their confluence in the area. These include the Humber, Trent, Aire, Don (Dutch River locally), Ouse and Ancholme. Consequently, with the exception of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the area is generally very low lying and flooding concerns are never far from people’s minds.
Outside of Goole, where the port dominates the economy, agriculture remains hugely important. The steel town of Scunthorpe also has a major impact on the local economy, whilst more and more residents now commute to work in places such as Doncaster, Hull, Leeds and York.