PROBLEMS arising from a £7,000 repair bill at Mablethorpe Community Hall put the facility under ‘substantial’ financial strain before Mablethorpe Town Council stepped in to help.
Late last year a contractor was called in to restore some damaged internal partition walls, the full costings of which were not discovered until later.
This led to a sizeable bill towards which the town council pledged to give £2,000 from its earmarked reserves for the hall at last Monday night’s full council meeting.
Because of the financial implications, the debate was held in closed session meaning members of the public and the press were not allowed to be present.
Community Hall Association treasurer Frank Mummery, said: “These expensive repairs couldn’t be foreseen and put the hall under substantial pressure.
“Until the wall came down it was impossible to give a quote, by then much of the work was done.
“The income we receive from letting the hall out for events pays the day-to-day bills, but this was a huge one-off cost.
“Thankfully the council meeting had a positive outcome and we’re now working with the town council to keep things on an even keal.”
The hall belongs to East Lindsey District Council and is leased to the town council, who in turn let it on to the Hall Association who have continued to operate it for the last 12 years.
Mablethorpe Town Council clerk Jen Cooper confirmed that the council was exploring other sources of income to provide more help in the future.